Associate professor (IN3-UOC)

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Natàlia Cantó-Milà

Natàlia Cantó-Milà, PhD, is an Associate professor in Social Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in Barcelona.

She gained her PhD at the University of Bielefeld (Germany) with a work on relational sociology, and on Georg Simmel’s theory of value. Thereafter she went to Leipzig, where she taught sociological theory, social policies, and qualitative methodologies.

At the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya she is responsible for social theory and qualitative methods. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal Digithum, an indexed journal specialized in a relational perspective on culture and society.

Her main research interests are relational sociology, social theory, imaginaries of the future, sociology of culture and sociology of emotions.

Selected bibliography

Cantó-Milà, N: Gonzàlez Balletbó, I; Martínez Sanmartí, R; Moncunill Piñas, M; Seebach, S (2021). Distanciamiento social y COVID-19. Distancias y proximidades desde una perspectiva relacional. Revista de Estudios Sociales, 78, 75-92

Cantó-Milà, N. (2020). Georg Simmel 2020 – Beyond the First Centenary of His Death. Theory, Culture & Society, 37(7–8), 411–420.

Cantó-Milà, N., Moncunill-Piñas, M., & Seebach, S. (2020). Imaginarios de no-futuro de los jóvenes: Mapeando futuros no deseados. Cuadernos De Teoría Social6(11), 121-153.

Cantó-Milà, N. (2020). Boundaries as relations: Georg Simmel’s relational theory of boundaries. In The Routledge International Handbook of Simmel Studies (pp. 60-77). Routledge.

Cantó-Milà,N. (2019) On Simmel’s Relativism and the Foundations of a Relational Approach. The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory, 94(2), 139-150, DOI: 10.1080/00168890.2019.1585668

Cantó-Milà, N., and Gonzàlez-Batlletbò, I. (2019). Framing Bio-emergencies in Fiction: The Cases of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ Sociological Research Online, 24(1), 111–125. DOI: 10.1177/1360780419827969

Cantó-Milà N. (2018). Georg Simmel’s Concept of Forms of Association as an Analytical Tool for Relational Sociology. In: Dépelteau F. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 217-230. 

Cantó-Milà, N. (2016). Linking Emotions: Emotions as the invisible threads that bind people together. Sociological Research Online, 21(1), DOI. 10.5153/sro.3901

Cantó-Milà, N., Núñez-Mosteo, F., & Seebach, S. (2016). Between reality and imagination, between you and me: Emotions and daydreaming in times of electronic communication. New Media & Society, 18(10), 2395-2412.

Cantó-Milà, N., & Seebach, S.  (2015). Desired images,  regulating figures, constructed imaginaries: The future as an apriority for society to be possible. Current Sociology, 63(2),198-215.