Elias Conference Programme

Download a copy of the Adobe Acrobat (PDF)Conference Programme for Friday 20 June (PDF,306KB), and the Adobe Acrobat (PDF)Timetable for Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June (PDF,85KB).

We are delighted that Professor Liz Stanley has agreed to provide the opening address for the conference on Friday 20th June. In addition, Abram de Swaan has kindly agreed to give a keynote presentation on Saturday 21 June. Further invited plenary sessions will also be provided by: Behrouz Alikhani, Marc Joly, Marta Bucholc and Bo Paulle.

In addition to the keynote presentations and a series of postgraduate workshops, the conference will feature five parallel streams organised according to Elias’s key works:

On the Process of Civilisation

Civilising processes, decivilising processes, ‘dyscivilising’ processes and debates about processual ‘directions’.

Violence, war, terror and international relations in long-term developmental perspective.

Sociogenetic and psychogenetic relationships.

Critiques, revisions and extensions to Elias’s magnum opus.

(Contributors may also wish to refer to related works, such as The Court Society, Humana Conditio and Essays II: On Civilising Processes, State Formation and National Identity).

What is Sociology?

Power, figurations, interdependence, and theoretical debates about them.

Sociogenesis of sociology and the concept of ‘society’.

Game models and relational thinking.

Structure/agency and the society of individuals.

(Contributors may also wish to refer to related works, such as The Society of Individuals and Essays III: On Sociology and the Humanities).

Essays I: The Sociology of Knowledge and the Sciences

Knowledge and scientific establishments.

The politics of figurational sociology.

Problems of method and methodology.

Unplanned long-term processes versus planning and policy.

Prospects for a grand synthesis of history, psychology and the social sciences.

Elias’s sociological practice.

(Contributors may also wish to refer to related works, such as Involvement and Detachment and The Symbol Theory).

Quest for Excitement

Sport, social bonding and violence.

Mimetic and leisure activities.

Work, leisure and consumption.

Gender, power and identities in the spare time spectrum.

The Established and the Outsiders

Community studies and community relations.

Blame and praise gossip in the formation of communities.

Developments in established–outsider relations theory.

Ethnicity, migration and locality.

Should you have an enquiry regarding the conference please contact Jason Hughes or John Goodwin.

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Further Information

For further information regarding The Collected Works of Norbert Elias, see the UCD Press website



The From the Past to the Present and towards Possible Futures: The Collected Works of Norbert Elias is sponsored by:

University of Leicester

Norbert Elias Foundation

The Sociological Review