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 2014-2018

President Roswitha BRECKNER, University of Vienna, Austria,
Vice-Presidents Program: Lena INOWLOCKI, University of Applied Science Frankfurt/M., Germany
Newsletter: Hermilio SANTOS, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Secretary/Treasurer Maria POHN-LAUGGAS, University of Vienna, Austria,
Board members Ursula APITZSCH, J.W. Goethe University, Germany
Susan BELL, Bowdoin College Brunswick, USA
Julia BERNSTEIN, Cologne University, Germany
Thea BOLDT, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Germany
Kathy DAVIS, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kaja KAZMIERSKA, University of Lodz, Poland
Tazuko KOBAYASHI, Itotsubashi University, Japan
Michaela KOETTIG, University of Applied Science Frankfurt/M., Germany
Feiwel KUPFERBERG, Malmö University, Sweden
Gabriele ROSENTHAL, Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany
Henning SALLING OLESEN, University of Roskilde, Denmark
Victoria SEMENOVA, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Irini SIOUTI, University of Vienna, Austria
Julia VAJDA, LTE University, Hungary
Hee-Young YI, Daegu University, Korea

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology Program Coordinators: Roswitha BRECKNER, and Lena INOWLOCKI,


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

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