Keynote Speakers

Gabriel Abend is Professor of Sociology at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. Prior to that, he was Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. Prior to that, he studied at Universidad de la República (Uruguay) and Northwestern University (United States). He's interested in the sociology of culture, economic sociology, comparative-historical sociology, science and technology studies, sociological "theory," and a few other things. Recent publications include: "Making Things Possible" (Sociological Methods & Research, 2020); "Thick Concepts and Sociological Research" (Sociological Theory, 2019); "Outline of a Sociology of Decisionism" (British Journal of Sociology, 2018); and The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics (Princeton University Press, 2014). Abend is the recipient of the 2017 Lewis A. Coser Award for "Theoretical" Agenda Setting.

Jeffrey Guhin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His main research interests include education, culture, religion, and theory. His work centers around a few key theoretical concerns: the cognitive, social, and institutional processes through which people’s values and orienting commitments are developed and the relationship between authority and moral life. Recent articles include: "Boundaries, Practices, and Moral Salience in Sunni and Evangelical High Schools" (Social Inclusion, 2018); "Religion as Site Rather Than Religion as Category: On the Sociology of Religion's Export Problem" (Sociology of Religion, 2014); "Why Worry about Evolution? Boundaries, Practices, and Moral Salience in Sunni and Evangelical High Schools" (Sociological Theory, 2016). His book Agents of God: Boundaries and Authority in Muslim and Christian Schools has been recently published by Oxford University Press (2021).

Stefania Milan is Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is the Principal Investigator of the DATACTIVE project (European Research Council Starting Grant), Co-Principal Investigator of the e-LADDA project (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Grant) and Project Leader of Citizenship and Standard-Setting in Digital Networks (NWO grant). Prior to that, she was Assistant Professor of Data Journalism at Tilburg University (2012-2014), a postdoctoral fellow at the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto (2011-2012), a visiting professor at the Department of Political Science of the Central European University in Budapest (2011), a lecturer at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland (2008-2010). Her publications include: Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change (Palgrave, 2013); "From Social Movements to Cloud Protesting: The Evolution of Collective Identity" (Information, Communication & Society, 2015); "The Alternative Epistemologies of Data Activism" (Digital Culture & Society, 2016); "From Data Politics to the Contentious Politics of Data" (Big Data & Society, 2019).

Ilaria Pitti is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Bologna, Italy and Vice President (Southern Europe) of ISA’s RC34 “Sociology of Youth”. She's also a regular visiting scholar (Humboldt Experienced Researcher) at Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She has been Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Örebro University, Sweden (2016-2018), and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Siena (2019). Youth studies are her main fields of research and she privileges a perspective inspired by the theories of the sociology of everyday life and gender studies. Recent publications include: Youth and Unconventional Political Engagement (Palgrave, 2018); "Being Women in a Male Preserve: An Ethnography of Female Football Ultras" (Journal of Gender Studies, 2018); "What Does Being an Adult Mean? Comparing Young People’s and Adults’ Representations of Adulthood" (Journal of Youth Studies, 2017).

Hizky Shoham is Senior Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies and co-director of the Center for Cultural Sociology, Bar Ilan University, Israel. He's also a research fellow in the Kogod Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His works consist of anthropological history and sociology of Zionism, the Yishuv, and Israel; and cultural theory. His books include Carnival in Tel Aviv: Purim and the Celebration of Urban Zionism (Academic Studies Press, 2014); and Israel Celebrates: Festivals and Civic Culture in Israel (Brill, 2017). Recent articles include: "It is About Time: Birthdays as Modern Rites of Temporality" (Time & Society, 2020); "The Israel BBQ as National Ritual: Performing Unofficial Nationalism, or Finding Meaning in Triviality" (American Journal of Cultural Sociology, 2021).

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