Cambio. Rivista sulle Trasformazioni Sociali

ANNOUNCEMENT: CAMBIO accepted for indexing in ERIH PLUS

It is a pleasure to announce that CAMBIO has been approved for inclusion in ERIH PLUS. The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) is the most important and prestigious reference index in the European Union when it comes to international quality and impact accreditation for scientific journals in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

ERIH PLUS was established (only as ‘ERIH’ at first) by the European Science Foundation (ESF) Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) in 2002 and has ever since become the most highly valued reference index within the European Union. ERIH PLUS can be described as especially demanding both by the width and diversity of requirements considered and by the strictness with which EU experts’ panels have to carry out their task when evaluating the compliance with those requirements. The selection process includes several stages of the evaluation procedure, and it has been coordinated by the no less demanding Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers from 2014 onwards.
A new call for the rigorous evaluation of scientific journals was published in July 2014. CAMBIO passed this evaluation and was accordingly included in the EU’s prestigious and influential ERIH PLUS index. This undoubtedly means a great recognition for the persevering, disciplined and rigorous work carried out by this journal
ERIH PLUS was established (only as ‘ERIH’ at first) by the European Science Foundation (ESF) Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) in 2002 and has ever since become the most highly valued reference index within the European Union.

A New Course for CAMBIO

CAMBIO. Rivista sulle trasformazioni sociali is a peer-reviewed and open-access electronic journal now in its seventh year. It aims to promote theoretical and analytical debates at international level arising from contributions focused on processes of change that are affecting present-day individuals and societies at both local and global levels. CAMBIO's main inspiration is sociological, but it has deliberately chosen to place itself in the open field of the social sciences, convinced that there can be no real depth of specialization without acceptance of the challenge of complexity, a challenge that must be faced in any attempt to interpret, understand, explain or comprehend.

The issues of the new series will present the usual structure: every issue features a monographic theme on which researchers and social scientists debate their views, without the exclusion of contributions from the other human sciences and, when called for, the so-called natural sciences. The journal's non-monographic sections also adopt this approach. Essays and Research welcomes contributions on various topics, with a focus on experimental strategies that are methodologically and disciplinarily open. Eliasian Themes purposes to acquaint readers with the journal's deep and enduring roots in the Elias tradition, by hosting discussions of his works, but especially by favouring research and theoretical reflection that adopt his methods and theoretical frameworks. In addition, we will present and translate (at least in the Italian version) a selection of his shorter unpublished writings. By contrast, the Contributions section will be a forum for freer, non-academic debates on contemporary political, social and cultural topics. The journal concludes with a Reviews and Profiles section, supplemented by Book Reviews of texts that encourage interdisciplinary confrontation and, starting from the new series, by Re-reading the classics.
In the beginning of this new course, we wish to express our gratitude to the outgoing editor Paolo Giovannini who has decided to hand over the reins to us, entrusting us with the task of relaunching and widening the themes and horizons of the journal.

Thanks to the collaboration of the brilliant scholars who have joined the Scientific and Editorial Boards of CAMBIO, and to the hard work of the Editorial Office, we hope to be able to realize a new ground-breaking international academic journal.

Angela Perulli Chief Editor
Rocco Sciarrone Co-Editor

21 October 2016


Angela Perulli, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Rocco Sciarrone, Università di Torino, Italy

Carlo Baccetti, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy 
Luca Bagnoli, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy 
Francesca Bianchi, Università di Siena, Italy 
Massimo Bressan, IRIS Prato, Italy 
Filippo Buccarelli, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy 
Flavio Ceravolo, Università di Pavia, Italy 
Dimitri D'Andrea, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy 
Florence Delmotte, Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, Belgium
Stefanie Ernst, Münster Universität, Germany
Michael Eve, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy 
Laura Leonardi, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy 
Paolo Giovannini, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy 
Steve Loyal, University College of Dublin, Ireland 
Alessandro Lutri, Università di Catania, Italy 
Emmanuele Pavolini, Università di Macerata, Italy 
Annalisa Tonarelli, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy 

Franca Alacevich, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Giacomo Becattini, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Ian Budge, University of Essex, UK
Sergio Caruso, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Alessandro Cavalli, IUSS Pavia, Italy
Idalina Conde, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa ISCTE-IUL, Portugal
Franco Crespi, Università di Perugia, Italy
Johan Goudsblom, Universität von Amsterdam, Holland
Paolo Jedlowski, Università delle Calabria, Italy
Hermann Korte, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Massimo Livi Bacci, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Alberto Marradi, Universidad Tres Febrero de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stephen Mennell, University College of Dublin, Ireland
Andrea Messeri, Università di Siena, Italy
Fausto Miguelez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Teresa Torns, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Robert Van Krieken, University of Sidney, Australia 
Marcello Verga, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Giovanna Vicarelli, Università di Ancona, Italy

Andrea Bellini, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Davide Donatiello, Università di Torino, Italy
Emily Gubbini, Master MSc, University of Edimburgh, UK
Vincenzo Marasco, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (Editor Manager)
Federico Silvestri, PoieinLab Pistoia, Italy



Call for Papers


CAMBIO. Rivista sulle trasformazioni sociali

[Call for papers]

Number 13, June2017


For the Review’s monographic section we will consider theoretical and research contributions on the topic:

Is (historical) sociology Eurocentric?. Nation building, European integration and cosmopolitanism: critical and normative visions

Edit by Florence Delmotte

From precursors Marx and Tocqueville up to contemporaries like Stefano Bartolini (Restructuring Europe, 2005) via classics (Weber, Geertz and Elias, Tilly, Wallerstein or Anderson), historical sociology of the modern political has always had much to do with Europe. Almost by definition: is not the nation state born in Europe? Sociologists, be they comparativists or not, have been searching for avoiding evolutionism legated by the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’ social theorists Marx and Comte as well as Spencer or Durkheim. However, (historical) sociology, even when closer to idiographic approaches rather than to nomothetic sociology, is often suspected of (at least unintentional) Eurocentrism.

This issue proposes to take seriously this criticism and to test it by questioning the visions of Europe and Cosmopolitanism that stems both from classic and from current socio-historical analyses in sociology, political science and EU studies. It centrally aims at tackling these issues: Does the historical sociology entail specific normative visions of Europe and of “post-national constellations” (Habermas, 2000)? To what extent does it propose “critical” views (Delanty, 2006) on trans-nationalisation processes at work from 1945 and on the scepticism that followed?

The issue is open to empirical and theoretical issues as such:

1)    Does the legacy of classics in contemporary figures of historical sociology entail specific normative and critical visions about the future of European societies, in the frame of EU and beyond? What about the role of human rights, for instance?

2)    How (historical) sociology has recently been impacting EU studies and national case studies, notably in matter of Euroscepticism?

Finally, how could we gain analytical leverage from the links between sociology, law, history and political philosophy in order to tackle cosmopolitan issues?


The editors are also interested in evaluating contributions to the Journal’s non-thematic area, which includes the Sections Eliasian Themes, Essays and Researches, and Contributions. They also invite profiles, reviews and recommendations of books, essays and scientific events. The invitation to participate in the selection is intended for researchers from all fields of the social sciences, with no preference for particular theoretical or methodological approaches. The texts - unpublished and not submitted simultaneously for evaluation by other journals - must be sent by march 10th, 2017, to the editors, in docx, doc, or rtf format, according to the Indications for authors published on our website, at:

The editors determine the publishability of contributions on the basis of the opinions of anonymous referees, in accordance with the double-blind peer review formula. Exception is made only for articles in the Comments section.

The editors will inform authors of the outcome of the referee decisions, and hence acceptance or not of the article within a month after its submission. The texts sent must be between 30,000 and 50,000 characters (spaces and bibliographical references included). There must also be attached: a) a brief biographical note (approximately 600 characters, spaces included) must contain information about the university/institution of membership, research topics pursued, projects in progress, and major publications; b) a short abstract in English, in which the gist of the article is indicated in a clear and concise manner; c) some keywords (3 to 6, at the close of the English abstract) in order to recap with extreme brevity the subjects treated.

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