We are excited to announce that the 8th EMES research conference, 4-7th October 2021, will now be held at the Teruel campus of the University of Zaragoza. The small and attractive city of Teruel is very accessible to our international research community and has just been designated as the 2021 Social Economy Capital by the Ministry of Labour and Social Economy. Importantly, the venue takes the EMES community to a “rural city” and thus a different type of “conference tourism” within the Aragon region of Eastern Spain.
According to Millán Díaz-Foncea, co-chair of the Conference, “the transfer of the International Conference from the University’s Zaragoza campus to its Teruel campus renders visible the urgency of promoting specific public policies for territories far from urban dynamics. The city and province of Teruel constitute an epicentre of the depopulation phenomenon affecting the European rural world in our global present, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Against this background, holding the Conference in Teruel has important connotations, both practical and symbolic, at a number of levels:
- At the international level, the presence of international networks in specific territories is essential to facilitate connections between the global and the local. In the case of EMES, being a network of individual researchers and institutional research centers, emphasis is placed on the need to connect academia with the social challenges we face, such as depopulation in rural areas;
- At the national level of the Ministry of Labour and Social Economy, the holding of our conference in Teruel endorses its designation as Social Economy Capital and provides Teruel with an event of international scope;
- From the point of view of local institutions and social entities and companies, it means making visible the relevance of this field and the quality activity that the latter carry out, with special attention to their wider impact on the territory;
- For the University of Zaragoza itself, it means supporting a Campus that does not always receive the attention it deserves. It offers the opportunity to demonstrate its capacity for the development of an international level research event that complements the teaching and research activity that is carried out on a regular basis.
Please click here if you would like to read the full rationale for choosing the Teruel campus. Shortly, we will be publishing some practical information about Teruel soon.