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.

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Board 2018 - 2022. Extended 2023

President Hermilio SANTOS, PUCRS, Brazil,
Vice-Presidents Maria POHN-LAUGGAS, University of Göttingen, Germany
Tazuko KOBAYASHI, Itotsubashi University, Japan
Secretary/Treasurer Johannes BECKER, University of Göttingen, Germany,
Board Members Ursula APITZSCH, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Susan E. BELL, Drexel University, USA
Daniel BERTAUX, Université de Strasbourg, France
Roswitha BRECKNER, University of Vienna, Austria
Kathy DAVIS, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Catherine DELCROIX, Université de Strasbourg, France
Lena INOWLOCKI, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Kaja KAZMIERSKA, University of Lodz, Poland
Michaela KOETTIG, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Gabriele ROSENTHAL, University of Göttingen, Germany
Henning SALLING OLESEN, University of Roskilde, Denmark
Victoria SEMENOVA, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Irini SIOUTI, Goethe University, Germany
Giorgos TSIOLIS, University of Crete, Greece
Julia VAJDA, ELTE University, Hungary

Program Coordinators for XX ISA World Congress 2023 are:
Johannes BECKER,


Newsletter Editor: Hermilio SANTOS, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil,

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