One of the twentieth century’s greatest sociologists celebrated at conference

Posted by ap507 at Jun 19, 2014 11:45 AM |
University to host landmark conference to celebrate the life and achievements of Norbert Elias
One of the twentieth century’s greatest sociologists celebrated at conference

One of the most important sociologists of the twentieth century – Professor Norbert Elias

Since his death in 1990, Norbert Elias has been recognised as one of the greatest sociologists of the twentieth century, famous for his theories about social civilising processes and the development of human society – and now a new conference will celebrate his life and achievements, taking place between Friday 20 – Sunday 22 June at College Court, Leicester.

The conference, entitled ‘From Past to Present to Possible Futures: The Collected Works of Norbert Elias’ celebrates Elias’s life and the completion of the eighteenth and final volume of the Collected Works of Norbert Elias in English, published by University College Dublin Press.

Despite its focus on the Collected Works of Elias, the spirit of this event is to create open dialogues between attendees. It both honours Elias’s association with the University of Leicester and recognises the widespread, international and interdisciplinary interest in his work, and its resurgence within the University and more generally within the human sciences.

The writings of Norbert Elias extend to such diverse topics as violence, sport, ageing and dying, time, work, art, poetry, utopias and the relations between the sexes. He likened networks of interdependent human beings - 'figurations' as he called them - to a dance: in constant flux yet structured. His approach has come to be known as ‘figurational sociology’, or more generally – because its appeal is far wider than professional sociologists alone – figurational studies.

More information about the Elias Conference programme can be found here.

More information about the Collected Works of Norbert Elias can be found here

More information about the Legacy of Leicester campaign can be found here.

A podcast with Professor Jason Hughes, Head of the Department of Sociology, about Norbert Elias can be listened to below:  

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