During a round table discussion organized by the Malta Sociological Association, participants discussed the relevance of sociology today.
A prominent argument emphasized the need to promote sociology and its research methods in the realms of evidence-based policy making, civil society and communities. Some participants discussed the validity of sociology to understand societies characterised by phenomena such as individualism, online interaction and fast change.
Other points raised in the debate include the possibility of having sociology as a warranted profession, the importance of sociology as a critical reflexive outlook, and innovative practical approaches in the teaching of sociology.
Participants also suggested the dissemination of sociological research in accessible media such as blogs and the liason between the MSA and policy-based organisations..
Southern Europe, so often seen as the periphery of Northern Europe has historically played a key role in world history. The Mediterranean Sea belongs to Europe as much as it does to Africa and Asia. Trade, civilisations, ideas, cultures and peoples have long crossed its boundaries freely and indiscriminately.
The Malta Sociological Association (MSA) is organizing a one-day conference on the Sociology of Southern Europe on Saturday 18 November 2017.
MSA is inviting submission of abstracts relevant to the conference theme. Papers may fall under different sociological themes and may deal with specific Southern European societies or adopt a comparative approach.
To propose a paper, please send a brief abstract (150-300 words) to
The Malta Sociological Association has been established as an independent, non-profit and non-commercial voluntary organization (VO/1322).
The Association promotes
sociological research and contributes toward facilitating the cooperation of
people working within the sociological field. It also aims at understanding and
analysing social problems for the improvement of the quality of life.
As a scientific, independent organisation, MSA has no religious, political or any
other kind of affiliation. The Association may decide to affiliate with
international sociological associations.
Its functions are:
to encourage the exchange of social research findings by
developing a network of individuals working within the field of sociology; to organise meetings, seminars and workshop sessions with
the intention of facilitating the participation of members in the analysis of
social research; to publish a regular newsletter,at least twice annually,e-mailed to all members to keep them
informed of ongoing and planned activities; to promote the study of social research and the
dissemination of the results; and to act as a source of sociological outreach within the
The first executive committee of MSA comprises:
Relations Officer: Michael Briguglio
Officer: Lina Caruana
Administrator: Noel Agius
Representative: Bridget Borg
Sociologists and/or other social scientists, that is, persons with a recognised qualification in the field of social science, as well as tertiary level students of sociology and/or other social sciences are eligible for membership. More information is available at www.maltasociologicalassociation.blogspot.com and at email@example.com