New Norbert Elias Essay Prize

 

With some regret, the Norbert Elias Foundation has decided to discontinue the biennial Norbert Elias Prize for the best first book by a sociological author. Reasons included other prizes being established elsewhere for the same purpose, but especially the increasing administrative burden on the Foundation’s office in Amsterdam. In its place, however, it has been decided to establish a Norbert Elias Essay Prize, to be awarded every other year. Submissions will be requested for particularly topical and pertinent issues. The prize will be awarded to the paper which provides the most incisive and innovative figurational approach to the topic.

Our first call is for papers which explore the topic ‘Contemporary Crises as Social Processes’.

Today there seem to be more crises in the world than ever before: banking, financial and economic, climate change, health epidemics, war and humanitarian disasters across diverse locations such as Ukraine, Venezuela, West Africa and the Middle East.   All these crises have a social component to them and lead to the question ‘What can be said about the crises from the perspective of process sociology?’

Essays should be no longer than 5,000 words, and be submitted by email to elias@planet.nl by the closing date of 30 April 2015. Papers must be written in English, but allowance will be made and possible support given to submissions by those for whom English is not their first language. Professor Stephen Vertigans of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, will act as chair of the jury. The winning paper will be submitted for publication in Human Figurations and the author will receive a prize of 1,000 Euro. Any queries should be directed to elias@planet.nl.

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Two new GTA/GRA posts at the Dept of Sociology, University of Leicester

The Sociology Department at the University of Leicester is expanding. An integral part of this expansion involves the development and growth of its postgraduate research community. The latest opportunity is for two fully funded teaching or research assistant PhD posts. We have specified a number of key areas – sports, citizenship, historical sociology and migration – but welcome applications from research students interested in any areas that are broadly consistent with the interests of members of the Department.

Sociology at Leicester has a long association with the work of Elias. We would particularly welcome work that follows in the tradition of examining the social world in a processual and relational manner, albeit that there is no requirement that it need be directly or explicitly ‘Eliasian’!

Full details of the Graduate Teaching Assistantship/Graduate Research Assistantship can be found here.

Should you have any queries about the posts, please contact me directly on jason.hughes@le.ac.uk

 

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CFP: EASS Sociology of Sport Conference, Dublin

We encourage all figurational researchers with an interest in sport to submit abstracts to the next European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, to be held in Dublin, Ireland, next June. Further details and online abstract submission are available through the conference website. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 January 2015.

The keynote speakers include Randall Collins, Anthony King and Roberta Sassatelli, and Joe Maguire and Katie Liston will lead one of the PhD workshops.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin!

Organisers: John Connolly (Dublin City University) & Paddy Dolan (Dublin Institute of Technology)

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New Norbert Elias Essay Prize

With some regret, the Norbert Elias Foundation has decided to discontinue the biennial Norbert Elias Prize for the best first book by a sociological author. Reasons included other prizes being established elsewhere for the same purpose, but especially the increasing administrative burden on the Foundation’s office in Amsterdam. In its place, however, it has been decided to establish a Norbert Elias Essay Prize, to be awarded every other year. Submissions will be requested for particularly topical and pertinent issues. The prize will be awarded to the paper which provides the most incisive and innovative figurational approach to the topic.

Our first call is for papers which explore the topic ‘Contemporary Crises as Social Processes’.

Today there seem to be more crises in the world than ever before: the banking, financial and economic crisis, climate change, health epidemics, war and humanitarian crisis in the Ukraine and the Middle East.   All these crises have a social component to them. What can be said about this from the perspective of process sociology?

Essays should be no longer than 5,000 words, and be submitted by email to elias@planet.nl by the closing date of 30 April 2015. Papers must be written in English, but allowance will be made and possible support given to submissions by those for whom English is not their first language. Professor Stephen Vertigans of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, will act as chair of the jury. The winning paper will be submitted for publication in Human Figurations and the author will receive a prize of 1,000 Euro.

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Norbert Elias Facebook page

For those who don’t know, there is an official Norbert Elias Face Book Page that has been up and running for some time.

Until now it has been used mostly to replicate posts from the Norbert Foundation Elias Blog, but the Page is fast approaching the critical number of 500 likes, which will enable us to make the most of the platform.

If you haven’t already done so and would like to be part of the Elias FB community, please ‘like’ the page by following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/norberteliaspage/

And please feel free to pass on this request to anyone you think might be interested.

Many thanks!

Jon Fletcher

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Professor John Goodwin and Professor Henrietta O’Connor Join Sociology at Leicester

With effect from 1st August, Professor John Goodwin and Professor Henrietta O’Connor have both joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Leicester. Henrietta and John have a long-standing interest in the work of Elias. In particular, they have both published extensively on the Young Worker project that Elias set up during his time at Leicester in the 1950s.

Their arrival marks something of a more general renaissance of Eliasian scholarship at Leicester, following closely on the heels of the recent conference at College Court.

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Two GTAs in Sociology

Forgive the short notice. As part of the further expansion plans of Leicester’s sociology Department, there are two Graduate Teaching Assistants being advertised for a January 2015 start. The deadline for applications is 31st August.

Full details here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/funding/gta-sociology

We would welcome applications from students in any substantive areas that fit with the existing and historical strengths of the Department. If you have any informal queries, please contact me directly on jason.hughes@le.ac.uk

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Revised instructions: Figurational Research Network

At the great conference ‘From the past to the present and towards possible futures’ at the University of Leicester on 20-22 June, we accidentally included in the conference pack a first draft of a note about listing as a member of the international Figurational Research Network on the Norbert Elias Foundation website. That draft contained a number of errors. (All my fault, I’m afraid.) The correct instructions are:

>>If you would like to be listed below, please email Clare.Spencer1@gmail.com with the following information:
Name, Institution and Department (if relevant)
An image of yourself
Brief description of your academic career and interests
List of principal publications
Contact details: email (essential), website, work postal address and mobile (if desired)

Or you may just wish to link your University profile page to your name below. If so, please email this link to us.

Everyone listed here is urged to keep their entry up to date, by sending us new information, again by email to Clare Spencer.<<

See http://www.norberteliasfoundation.nl/network/index.php

Stephen Mennell

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Human Figurations journal lastest issue

The most recent issue of the Human Figurations journal is now available to read online

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/h/humfig/11217607.0003.2*?rgn=full+text

Papers
Editor’s Introduction: Swimming against the tide
Liston, Katie

Towards a Process-oriented Model of Democratisation or De-Democratisation
Alikhani, Behrouz

The debate about utopias from a sociological perspective
Kilminster, Richard

From Cultural Trauma to Nuclear War? Interpreting the Iranian-Israeli Conflict
Yair, Gad; Akbari, Behzad

‘Not under my roof’: Teenage Sexuality and Status Competition in the USA and the Netherlands since the 1880s
Wouters, Cas

Globalisation and the ‘American dream’
Mennell, Stephen

Four Theories of Informalization and How to Test Them
Collins, Randall

 

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Elias Conference: Postgraduate Workshops

As regular readers of this blog will know, from 20-22nd June, 2014, the University of Leicester will host a major conference in celebration of the completion of the Collected Works of Norbert Elias in English. Full details of the programme can be found at eliasconference.com

As part of the conference, we are offering Postgraduates a unique opportunity to participate in a series of workshops which introduce key aspects of Elias’s distinctive approach to social analysis. The workshops will be convened by major international figures who’ve become synonymous with Eliasian scholarship. They include:

▪   Prof. Stephen Mennell (UCD) and Prof. Robert van Krieken (University of Sydney):  The Historical Comparative Method in Sociology:

▪    Prof. Johan Goudsblom (Amsterdam) and Prof. Stephen Vertigans (Robert Gordon): Figurational Thinking

▪     Prof. Nina Baur (Berlin) and Prof. Stefanie Ernst (Münster): Using Documents and Other Data in Figurational Sociology

While there will be a focus on sociology, the sessions will have relevance to postgraduates from across the social sciences, the arts and the humanities. The sessions are designed for postgraduates at all stages of study and completion.

Places are limited, so early booking is advisable. Participants will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis.

The workshops are free of charge and will include lunch.

The event will take place at College Court, Leicester on the 20th June.

Please register your interest with Professor Henrietta O’Connor on hso1@le.ac.uk

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