The ISA RC28 Spring Meeting 2019 will take place at Goethe University of Frankfurt, at the Hörsaalzentrum building, Campus Westend, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 5, 60323 Frankfurt.

Coordinates: 50.128350, 8.666401

You can find the conference building on this map, it is building nr. 13 marked in yellow.

Campus Westend is located northwest from the city centre of Frankfurt, within about 25 minutes walking distance from the city centre.

Goethe University is the third largest university in Germany, offering training across all academic subjects to the currently 48,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The university was founded in 1914 as a citizen’s foundation sponsored by the city’s progressive elite, among them many members of the Jewish community including Georg and Franziska Speyer, Wilhelm Merton, and the industrialists Leo Gans and Arthur von Weinberg who together were donating two thirds of the foundation capital. Well-known for its liberal climate, the university was housing independent faculties of economics and the social sciences from the beginning, and its role for the history of sociology is unique. The university’s Institute of Sociology is actually celebrating its centennial in 2019, as Germany’s first Chair for Sociology was established in Frankfurt in 1919. Economic sociologist and liberal socialist Franz Oppenheimer was the first to occupy the position, to be followed by none other than Karl Mannheim after Oppenheimer’s retirement in 1929. The Institute for Social Research, home to the Frankfurt School, was founded in 1924 under the leadership of Max Horkheimer who also re-established the Institute together with Theodor W. Adorno at their return from U.S. exile after the Second World War. Frankfurt also was having the honor of serving as the host for the first congress of the German Sociological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie) in 1910, its first congress held after the Second World War in 1946, and its centennial congress in 2010. And also when looking beyond our own discipline, the university has often been finding itself at the gravity center of current affairs in Germany: as a liberal university, Goethe University had been one of the prime targets of the academic purges (“Gleichschaltung”) after the Nazi rise to power in 1933, and together with Berlin, Frankfurt had also been at the center of student protests in 1968 — it was here where one e.g. could have seen Joschka Fischer, later to become a leading figure of Germany’s Green Party and Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Administration of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, throwing stones at police officers and founding the Karl Marx bookstore in Bockenheim. If you like, visit there while you are here or find out more about the university’s history more generally during the campus tour.

Public transportation to the conference venue

From Frankfurt Airport (Flughafen Frankfurt):
Take the local train (S-Bahn) lines S8/S9 to the city centre. Change to the subway lines U1-U3 or U8 at “Hauptwache” and travel three stops to “Holzhausenstraße” in northbound direction. Then walk approximately 600 meters to the conference venue. The journey takes about 30-35 minutes.

From Frankfurt Central Station (Frankfurt Main Hauptbahnhof):
Take the train (S-Bahn) lines S1-9 to the stop “Hauptwache” and change there to the subway’s lines U1-U3 or U8 to the stop “Holzhausenstraße”. Then walk approximately 600 meters to the conference venue. The journey takes about 20 minutes.
Another option is to take bus line 64 from Frankfurt Central Station in the direction of Frankfurt (Main) Ginnheim to bus stop “Bremer Straße”. This stop is about 600 meters from the conference venue.

From Frankfurt Westbahnhof:
Bus line 36 runs between Frankfurt Westbahnhof and Sachsenhausen. The closest stop to the conference venue is “Holzhausenstraße”.

From Frankfurt Bockenheim:
Circle bus line 75 runs between Frankfurt Bockenheim (the university’s historical campus) and Westend Campus. The closest stop to the conference venue is “Max-Horkheimer-Straße”. This stop is about 300 meters from the conference venue. Use of the circle bus line is particularly convenient for all participants who are staying in one of the conference hotels in the Bockenheim area.


All public transportation in the city is organized by the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV). The RMV’s trip planning service (including a link to download their app) is available at:

Your conference package will include a public transport ticket valid for all city travel during the conference. You may pick up your conference package at the registration desk during the welcome reception on March 20 or on any of the conference days.


By car to the conference venue

There is no reserved parking for conference participants at the campus. Several parking houses are close to the conference venue, e.g. Parkhaus Palmengarten (Siesmayerstraße 61), Parkhaus Grünhof APCOA (Eschersheimer Landstraße 223), Parkhaus Turmcenter (Querstraße 7-9).