KNAW workshop political socialization

Call for papers

Explaining political and cultural change: Interdisciplinary perspectives on political socialization

Workshop – June 9&10 2022 –KNAW, Amsterdam

In a societal context of ongoing change or demand for change, the leading assumption in political socialization research is still that people’s political and cultural beliefs formed during youth do not change persistently during adulthood. However, there are indications, for example from studies on workplace political socialization, that people actually do change their political and cultural beliefs, even during adulthood.  This workshop aims to get a better understanding of the conditions that facilitate change in adults’ political and cultural beliefs. To this end we address questions such as: What is the role of social interactions, belief systems and other personal characteristics for adult political socialization? And what explains adult socialization in different contexts, such as the workplace, the cultural sector, neighborhoods and political regimes?  

The workshop brings together leading scholars from sociology, social psychology, political science and communication science. In addition, there are five slots available for early career researchers. We invite PhD-students and postdoctoral researchers who work on this topic to participate in the workshop. We are open to researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, and educational scientists. We welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions, as long as these connect political and/or cultural change to adult political socialization, adult learning, or other perspectives on within-person change during adulthood.

The proceedings of this workshop will form the basis of a special issue. Therefore, we especially welcome original contributions and ‘work-in-progress’ that has not been published elsewhere. Workshop fees as well as a 2-night stay in Amsterdam are covered. Interested PhD students and/or postdoctoral researchers are kindly asked to send a title and abstract (max. 300 words) of their contribution as well as author name(s) and affiliation to . The deadline for submissions is January 14th 2022.