About UC Workshops

These meetings  provide a platform for discussing and presenting developments and refinements, both in terms of theory and empirical research, and to establish a network of scholars interested in  sociology as analysis of the unintended.

The workshops on unintended consequences are scheduled to take place annually, usually in May. These are organized within the framework of the Sociology of Law Section and Warsaw Department of Polish Sociological Association. Affiliated academic centers, such as the Research Unit on Action and Consequences (University of Warsaw), Institute of Sociology (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw) and Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (The Maria Grzegorzewska University) have also joined this initiative. While Institute for Social Prevention and Resocialisation and Institute of Applied Social Sciences (University of Warsaw), Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism (University of Gdańsk), Faculty of Law and Administration (University of Warsaw) and Kashubian Institute co-organized initial editions.

The first two meetings took place in Gdańsk. From the third year onward, the workshops also moved to Warsaw. Currently, the meetings are held on the premises of Warsaw University Library. Occasionally, these also benefit from the financial support and patronage of Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and subsequently National Science Centre.


Earlier editions:


9th Unintended Consequences Workshop

Time is Money, and Beyond: The Temporality of Action and Consequences

Warsaw, 6-7 May 2019

[Programme] [Papers — password protected]



8th Unintended Consequences Workshop

The Power of Failure: New Perspectives in Social Theory and Practice

Warsaw, 7-8 May 2018


[Papers – password protected]



7th Unintended Consequences Workshop

Managing the Unintended: Externalities, Side-Effects and Overflows in Everyday Life

Warsaw, 8-9 May 2017


[Papers – password protected]



6th Unintended Consequences Workshop

The Invisible Hand in Law, Economy and Culture. Workshop on Spontaneous Order, Mechanisms and Unintended Consequences 

Warsaw, 9-10 May 2016





5th Unintended Consequences Workshop

The Paradox of Paradox? Workshop on Contradictions, Ironies and Surprises in Law, Economy and Society

Warsaw, 11-12 May 2015




4th Unintended Consequences Workshop

From Diffusion of Practices to Practices of DiffusionWorkshop on the Circulation of Ideas, Procedures and Regulations in Culture, Law and Economy

Warsaw, 12-13 May 2014


3th Unintended Consequences Workshop

Formality and Informality from Decoupling to Entanglement,

Warsaw, 13-14 May 2013


2th Unintended Consequences Workshop

Workshop on Embeddedness and Embedding

Gdańsk, 14-15 May 2012




1th Unintended Consequences Workshop

Workshop on Unintended Consequences – the 75th Jubilee of a Sociological Idea

Gdańsk, 9-10 May 2011