Annual Meeting 2020

NEW: The 2nd Annual Meeting of the SSECR will be held ONLINE via Zoom!


For the second annual meeting we were able to win two renowned keynote speakers:

Michael J. Shanahan 
Professor, Department of Sociology
Director of Research, Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
University of Zürich  

Michael Shanahan has been a Professor of Sociology at the University of Zurich since August, 2016, and is Director of Research at the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development since October 2016. He studied sociology and child development at the University of Minnesota and was a post doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has held professorships at Penn State University and UNC-Chapel Hill and was Hewlett Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (1998/1999). His main research interests include life course sociology theory and methods, with a focus on individual differences in the life course, particularly genetic factors.

Selected Publications:             

Cole, S., Shanahan, M. J., Gaydosh, L., Harris, K. M. (2020). Population-based mRNA profiling in Add Health finds social disparities in inflammatory and antiviral gene regulation emerge by young adulthood. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117(9): 4601-4608. 2016.

Sex differences in associations between subjective social status and c-reactive protein in young adults. Psychosomatic Medicine. (Freeman, Bauldry, Volpe, Shanahan M, Shanahan L). 2016.

Parental and adolescent health behaviors and pathways to adulthood. Social Science Research. (Bauldry, Shanahan, Macmillan, Miech, Boardman, Dean, and Cole). 2015.

Can personality traits and intelligence compensate for background disadvantage? Predicting status attainment in adulthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  (Damian, Su, Shanahan, Trautwein, Roberts).                  

Shanahan, M. J., Johnson, M., & Mortimer, J. T. (Editors.) (2015). Handbook of the life course, volume 2. New York: Springer.


Doris Bühler-Niederberger
Professor of Sociology at the University of Wuppertal
Doris Bühler-Niederberger, born 1950, Prof. Dr. phil. is Professor of Sociology at the University of Wuppertal since 2004.. She studied psychology, sociology and social history at the University of Zurich. In 1982, she received her doctorate with her thesis on " Therapie und Zwang – teilnehmende Beobachtung in einer Suchtkrankenorganisation" and in 1991 she obtained her Habilitation in Sociology from the University of Zurich. Several publications and editorial activities accompany her work, which was awarded with the René König-Lehrbuchpreis of the German Sociological Association in 2012. Main research areas are the sociological analysis of growing up and childhood, especially issues of social and economic inequality, and of childhood institutions and patterns between local conditions and global developments.  
Selected Publictaions:
"Lebensphase Kindheit", Munich: Juventa, 2020.
"Marginality and Voice - Childhood in Sociology and Society", Current Sociology, 58 (Monograph Issue), 2010.
"Success - a Leitmotif of Kyrgyz Childhood", in C. Baraldi & L. Rabello de Castro (eds.), Global Childhoods in International Perspective (pp. 129-145), New York: Sage, 2020.
"Victim, Perpetrator, or What Else? Generational and Gender Perspectives on Children, Youth, and Violence". Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Vol. XXV (with L. Alberth). Bingley: Emerald, 2020.

Dear Members and Friends of the Swiss Society for Early Childhood Research

Please save the date for this year`s annual scientific meeting of the SSECR that will take place in Zurich at the HfH (Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik) on November 18th, 2020. This year's meeting will be jointly organised by the University of Applied Sciences in Special Needs Education (HfH), the Zurich University of Teacher Education, the University Children's Hospital Zurich, the Marie Meierhofer Children's Institute, and the University of Zurich. The title, we choose for this interdisciplinary conference that brings together researchers from various disciplines of early childhood research is "Breaking through interdisciplinary barriers".

Further information on key note speakers and a call for oral, or poster contributions will follow soon along with a link for registration. 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Zurich!