Elias Conference Programme
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:
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).
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).
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).
Sport, social bonding and violence.
Mimetic and leisure activities.
Work, leisure and consumption.
Gender, power and identities in the spare time spectrum.
Community studies and community relations.
Blame and praise gossip in the formation of communities.
Developments in established–outsider relations theory.
Ethnicity, migration and locality.