European Values Conference 2022: A look at the past, present and futures

Date: Time: 09:00 Location: Tilburg University

More than ever, it is crucial to have insights into what unites and divides Europeans. Many societal events such as climate change, migration, and handling the COVID-19 pandemic have shown to require political action that goes beyond the national level. To facilitate political action, broad legitimacy from the general public is required. At the same time, several tendencies indicate a stronger reliance on the national level, including Brexit and debates on national autonomy in the legal realm. In tandem, debates have evolved on the idea that societies are growing apart, with growing polarization between social groups, and questions whether societies are facing a ‘cultural backlash’.

More than 40 years ago, the first wave of the European Values Study (EVS) was collected to monitor values change across Europe. At present, the EVS has collected five waves of survey data representative of the European population to respond to many questions that the European continent is facing today. Novel insights from four decades of EVS data will be presented in the Atlas of European Values at an event in Brussels on Monday May 9, 2022. Subsequently, on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 May 2022, the Department of Sociology at Tilburg University organizes a scientific conference that brings together social scientists with a vast interest in explaining values differences across Europe.

Call for papers

For this conference, we would like to invite papers that either analyze the EVS or use alternative methods or data sets to advance the understanding of values in Europe. We particularly but not solely welcome contributions that exploit the longitudinal and/or comparative character of the survey. Panels will be organized in thematic streams, with among other topics a focus on attitudes towards migration, solidarity, democracy, trust, environmentalism, and identity; we further invite papers that clarify the link between politics and values, study societal polarization, contribute to didactics and implementations of values education, or make methodological contributions in the field of values research.

Abstract not longer than 500 words can be submitted using this form, not later than January 15, 2022. In the course of January, more information will appear on that website, including information about the venue, hotels, and conference fee. Accepted papers will be notified by January 31, 2022. A preliminary program, with keynote speakers, will be announced by March 1, 2022. Accepted papers are expected by April 29, 2022.

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More information can be retrieved from the conference website, or via the local organization committee on the e-mail address

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Organization committee Tilburg University

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The European Values Study (EVS) is a large-scale, cross-national, repeated cross-sectional survey research program on basic human values. It provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values and opinions of citizens all over Europe.