Research Committees

RC38 Biography and Society

Established in 1984


The purposes of the RC38 are: to help develop a better understanding of the relations between individual lives, the social structures and historical processes within which they take shape and which they contribute to shape, and the individual accounts of biographical experience (such as life stories or autobiographies); to promote meetings in this field at national, regional and international level; to circulate information about advances in this field, whether in sociology or in other disciplines; and develop links among all scholars working in this domain.

Board 2023 - 2027

President Johannes BECKER, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin, Germany,
Vice-Presidents Maria POHN-LAUGGAS, University of Göttingen, Germany
Giorgos TSIOLIS, University of Crete, Greece
Secretary Priscila SUSIN, PUCRS, Brazil,
Treasurer Martin Hernan DI MARCO, University of Oslo, Norway,
Board Members Ursula APITZSCH, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Eva BAHL, University of Göttingen, Germany
Roswitha BRECKNER, University of Vienna, Austria
Kathy DAVIS, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gwendolyn GILLIERON, Université de Strasbourg, France
Lena INOWLOCKI, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Kaja KAZMIERSKA, University of Lodz, Poland
Tazuko KOBAYASHI, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
Michaela KOETTIG, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Monica MASSARI, University of Milan, Italy
Gabriele ROSENTHAL, University of Göttingen, Germany
Minna-Kristiina RUOKONEN-ENGLER, Institute for Social Research Frankfurt, Germany
Hermilio SANTOS, PUCRS, Brazil
Irini SIOUTI, Goethe University, Germany
Julia VAJDA, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary
Arne WORM, University of Göttingen, Germany
Eren YETKIN, Koblenz University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Program Coordinator for V ISA Forum of Sociology 2025 is:


Newsletter Editor: Priscila SUSIN, PUCRS, Brazil,

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