About the Semi-plenaries

The ESA 2017 Conference invites submission of abstracts to some of its semi-plenaries (SP). Panels will review the submissions and select two speakers for each. The submitted topics should be original and cover the semi-plenary topic as broadly as possible. You can submit a maximum of one semi-plenary talk proposal. If you submit to a semi-plenary, you can submit one more abstract to a Research Network or Research Stream. The ESA 2017 Conference allows a maximum of two abstract submissions and a maximum of one presentation as primary speaker.

SP06 to SP09 will be organised by the Executive Committee along the main conference theme. All other semi-plenaries will be organised by ESA Research Networks. Some RNs decided to open their semi-plenary to bottom-up abstract submission. The following semi-plenaries invite submissions:

SP02 – Migration in Times of Europe’s Economic Crisis

SP04 – Care Labour and Affective Labour in the Global Care Chain

SP06 – (Un)Making Europe

SP07 – (Un)Making Capitalism

SP08 – (Un)Making Solidarities

SP09 – (Un)Making Subjectivities

SP10 – Right-Wing Extremism and Islamist Extremism in Europe

SP11 – Questioning Boundaries of Age and Place: Child Refugees in an Uncertain Europe

Successful semi-plenary speakers, who submit an abstract and are selected for presentation at the ESA conference, will reach a very large audience at the ESA conference. This new format of selecting semi-plenary speakers honours the best topics and speakers, who are part of the ESA community. It is a way of how the most excellent researchers of the ESA community, who are able to cover a topic of general relevance to the ESA conference, can reach a large audience.


Semi-plenary presentation suggestions are long abstracts of 500 words. A semi-plenary features 2 speakers and lasts for 1.5 hours. Each speaker has 30 minutes presentation time, followed by 30 minutes of joint discussion.

Please note that submitters of a semi-plenary abstract must hold a PhD (set date: 1st February 2017). The costs for semi-plenary speakers’ travel, accommodation and conference fee will not be covered by ESA. We assume that those submitting semi-plenary abstracts are speakers who would anyway attend the ESA conference (covered by their home institution’s funding) and who want to make use of the opportunity to reach broad attention and visibility at the ESA conference.


If you are considering submitting an abstract, please pay special attention to the following points.

Before submitting your abstract:

  • Read the detailed descriptions regarding the semi-plenaries included in the Call for Papers.
  • Read the Notes for Authors, which can also be found in the Call for Papers.
  • Read the “how-to” instructions for the online conference software tool called “ConfTool” included in the Abstract Submission section.

Abstract submission:

  • Abstracts must be submitted online through your ConfTool account.
  • Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted.
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