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The 3rd Conference on Traditions and Perspectives of the Phenomenological Movement in Central and Eastern Europe
Dear colleagues,

It is a pleasure to invite you to take part in the international scientific conference “The Church and Totalitarian Regime: Secularization and Strategies of Survival” that will be held in Riga, 27-28 October 2016, in the Centre of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Latvia (Kalpaka boulevard 4). The conference is organised by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (project "Thematization of religious experience in the situation of post-liberal spirituality: Latvian case") in collaboration with the Library of the University of Latvia.
BRUSSELS, 2ND MARCH 2016 — The unequal distribution of health and social status across the EU poses a challenge to the EU‘s fundamental objective of solidarity and cohesion, and to secure sustainability a focus on prevention is essential. Alarmingly, 97% of health spending across Europe goes on treatment as compared to only 3% on prevention. Whilst Prevention Science is a relatively new field of study, it is one that is growing in importance across the European Union.
The European Commission funded Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN) has, together with the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR), awarded early career prevention researcher prizes to three European researchers, from France, Croatia and the UK.
The newsletter offers an insight into several SPAN work packages and their leaders, as well as an overview of project's dissemination events.
We are happy to announce that the long awaited book was presented at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. The book consists of 14 chapters devoted to critical aspects of population emigration and remigration in Latvia. Along with the paper-back edition we invite all interested to explore an on-line version of the book at http://issuu.com/lufsi
We welcome stakeholders and experts involved in the implementation of diaspora and re-emigration policies to join the discussion, along with academics, to focus on both strengthes and weakneses of policies in power, and possible set of evalution indicators informed by up-to-date research conducted at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology.

On June 16, the event will open with a presentation on the processes of return migration to Latvia by Dr. Evija Kďave and Dr. Inese Đűpula, and an overview of experts’ opinions collected by Dr. Ieva Kârkliňa and Evija Kďave.
RIGA — Dr. Mieriňa, the scientific director of a large-scale research project «Immigrant Communities of Latvia», will be speaking at the conference «How to Improve Intra-European Mobility and Circular Migration? Fostering Diaspora Engagement» hosted by Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The panel discussion IV — Return migration and working with diaspora communities: what advice to Latvia and others? — will take place on May 12 at 9:30 to 11:30 AM.
Since March 2015, the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology became a member in ECSR, the purpose of which is to promote theoretically-driven empirical research in sociology in Europe, in particular by encouraging cooperation between research centres. For the rapidly advancing department of sociology participation in the network of more than 80 leading European research institutes and university departments is an important investment towards increasing international visibility and scientific support for existing partnerships.
The newsletter covers the progress of SPAN project and the next steps to take towards recommendations in regard of a pan-European prevention training programme. As well, it offers several personal profiles of young researchers who joined the SPAN through attending the special training course organised by the project.
The synopsis of indicators of EUROSTUDENT research project was published in Vienna in late February. The publication covers the key aspects of social and economic conditions of student life in 30 European countries. It draws upon dedicated work of national research teams between 2012 and 2015. In Latvia, a group of experienced sociologists led by Ilze Koroďeva implemented the full cycle of the project. The comparative report based on national analysis is available online (read the full article text).
The award was presented to Ms. Mieriňa in recognition of her remarkable achievements: successful leadership of unique research project «The emigrant communities of Latvia: National identity, transnational relations, and diaspora politics», and her active work on international publications.
International seminar with the participation of famous researchers Inta Gale Carpenter, Elliott Oring, Sandra Dolby, and Vieda Skultane. The seminar was dedicated to the question of how to prepare publications for international journals. Get a photo overview of the seminar in explication of this message.
More than 10,000 respondents have shared their experience and opinions in a large-scale survey of Latvians living abroad — the activity level of Latvians currently residing — or partly residing — abroad is remarkable.
A large-scale survey of Latvians living abroad has been launched by researchers of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology and the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Latvia. The aim of the survey is to obtain comprehensive information on people who that have left Latvia in the recent decades and on Latvian diaspora in general.
The newsletter offers an insight into the first results of SPAN Prevention Science Survey which collected opinions of 169 leading prevention researchers, educators or practitioners from 26 European countries. It also introduces to several young researchers who enjoyed the opportunity to attend pre-conference workshops in Paris in November 2013.
The newsletter covers the key activities held within the fourth annual EUSPR conference in November 2013 bringing together prevention scientists from across Europe. In addition, you will find concise profiles of several work package leaders. The SPAN project brings together experts from 32 European institutions across 25 countries, including the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology.
The aim of the joint project is to provide the Ministry of Education and local municipalities in Latvia and Norway with the evaluation of governance of education and needs of local communities in the light of ongoing depopulation. The Preparatory visit was organized on February 2–4, 2014, when Inese Đűpule, researcher at the sociology department of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, visited NIBR in Oslo.
RIGA — The Riga Stradins University promotion council unanimously recognized Ms. Karklina's academic work and awarded her Doctoral degree in sociology. The doctoral thesis focuses on the factors contributing to educational achievements of children from economically disadvantaged families in Latvia and aspires to identify possibilities for improving school performance of children from such families. The thesis was elaborated at Riga Stadins University between 2006 and 2013, and was supported by academic work at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology in research grants «Risk factors for social exclusion» and «Youth in modern risk society.»
The international conference (on May 10 and 11, 2013) in Riga is organized by the University of Latvia, The Goethe Institute of Latvia, the International Erich Fromm Society, and patronized by the former president of Latvia: Vaira Vîíe-Freiberga. The conference languages in Riga will be Latvian and German.
RIGA — A collective monograph «Ageing of society: social protection, inequality and labour market risks in Baltic countries» offers analytical perspective on manifestations of society ageing in the Baltic countries in the aspects of social protection, inequality, social policy and employment. The group of researchers led by Ritma Rungule and Ilze Koroleva share the research results in five chapters: theoretical approaches to society ageing, attitudes towards people of age, employment of older people, and social protection of the elderly. The research is based on secondary data analysis and expert interviews. The data used for analyses includes statistical information (Eurostat and national statistics offices), as well as information provided by international comparative surveys in which Latvia was represented: European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions and European Social Survey (rounds 3 and 4). The overview of social policy is based on interviews with experts, policy makers and researchers, in the fields of social inclusion, social protection and employment policy in the Baltic countries.
RIGA — The group of sociologists at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology have started implementation of the fifth wave of international comparative survey EUROSTUDENT commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Science. Within the project, a survey of higher education students will be carried in order to provide a comparative assessment of social and economic aspects of students’ life. The survey is implemented on a regular basis in countries which joined the Bologna process. The current round of the project has 27 confirmed participant countries. In Latvia, EUROSTUDENT is being implemented for the fourth time.
OXFORD, UK — Dr.sc.soc. Ilze Koroďeva, deputy director and senior researcher, participated in a kick-off meeting of a new European Commission funded network to help prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and mental illness. The project partners are 32 universities and institutions across Europe; the leading partner is Oxford Brookes University. The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology is a knowledge and competence hub for social research on addictions and public health since early 2000s when it pioneered introduction of large-scale surveys on the topic in Latvia.
RIGA — The exhibition, organised by a group of youth sociologists at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, aims to highlight the path towards creative synergy of science, art and decision making, and is on view in the house of parliament of the Republic of Latvia following the successful debut at the University of Latvia several months earlier. Created within the frame of international scientific conference «Youth: Opportunities and Risks», the project enables active youngsters to voice their aspirations, impressions of the surrounding world, and ideas. At the same time, the exhibition in unusual way compliments the diverse findings of youth researchers, including those accumulated at the Institute during more than two decades.
Prof. Hans Lenk will discuss philosophical problems of national and European identities and interpretation models. Meeting: April 10, 2012, 13:00, room 506.
At the University of Latvia from 29th till 30th March an international oral history conference Oral History: Dialog with Society will take place.The conference is devoted to the methodologies of biographical, life narrative, and oral history research, with particular attention to public involvement in the research process – from the gathering of sources to the dissemination of results. Topics for presentations will include research ethics, the connection of oral history to topical and socially sensitive issues and cultural values, as well as innovative forms of publications and projects for public audiences.
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia invites to participate in the conference which will take place in Riga, Latvia, June 1–2, 2012.
International conference
Riga, November 24-25th, 2011
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology/University of Latvia
The section titled «Youth in Latvia, Europe and the World: Challenges, Problems and Perspectives», organized by sociologists Ilze Trapenciere, Ilze Koroleva and Ritma Rungule, became a meeting place for youth sociologists, and youth work practitioners at the Joint 3rd World Congress of Latvian Scientists on October 25. The situation of Latvian youth was discussed in the contexts of Europe and the World. Special attention in the section’s work was paid to interdisciplinarity by welcoming researchers from different fields, and youth work organisers.
«Mobile phones and internet allow us to be closer,» says the headline of ConnectIEM campaign that targets migrant communities in 8 EU countries. A group of sociologists at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, being part of international team, are prepared to invite several hundreds of people in Latvia to share thoughts about their experience with computers, Internet and mobile phones in everyday life. The aim of the project is to explore relation between technology and social, economic and cultural integration of migrant population.
Academic research in social sciences and humanities often due to its structure and form is not reached by young people. That serves as a reason not only for disinformation among young people about social science and humanities, but as well for lack of understanding about social and political processes on different levels. Therefore Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (University of Latvia) in close cooperation with Baltic Philosophy Network is organizing workshop on promotion of research in field of humanities.
International conference will be held in Latvia University, Riga (Latvia) on February 10 – 11. 2011.