Civil Sphere Theory Mini-Conference ~ Trento, Italy

The Civil Sphere Theory Mini-Conference ~ Trento, Italy

Conference Program

October 18 & 19, 2021

Hosted by the Department of Sociology & Social Research at the University of Trento, Italy


People gather at the Victory Column as they attend a protest rally in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 against new coronavirus restrictions in Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Jeffrey Alexander (Yale University) and Giuseppe Sciortino (University of Trento), along with other international scholars interested in global issues and the civil sphere, are organizing a mini-conference on civil sphere theory (CST) in Trento, Italy, October 18-19, 2021. Theorists and empirical sociologists can discuss, criticize, and inspire one another, interacting around a common set of intellectual symbols. The aim is to further develop, and revise, CST, continuing the discussions among nearly 100 sociologists from around the world that have produced “civil sphere” volumes on Latin America, East Asia, the Nordic countries, and radicalism, with volumes on India, Canada, and cultural trauma in process.

Supported by a generous gift from the  John Templeton Foundation, and by academic partners in the Department of Sociology & Social Research at the University of Trento, Italy, and the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.

Special thanks to CCS Junior Fellow Anne Marie Champagne for her assistance with this project.