Johan Heilbron awarded Sarton Medal

On 24 April, the University of Ghent will present the 2014 Sarton Medal for the History of Sciernce to Johan Heilbron. The citation from the Ghent website reads:

Sarton medal awarded to Prof. dr. Johan Heilbron

(24-02-2009) We would like to invite you to the lecture of Professor Johan Heilbron
Date & Place

Date: Thursday, 24 April 2014, 4 p.m.
Place: Korte Meer 5 (John Vincke Room), Ghent.

After the lecture, the Sarton medal of Ghent University will be presented to Johan Heilbron. This ceremony will be followed by a reception.


Johan Heilbron is one of the most distinguished researchers in the field of the social and intellectual history of the social sciences. He is Director of Research at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique de la Sorbonne (France) and Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

He is the author of Het ontstaan van de sociologie, which first appeared in 1990, while an English translation appeared as The Rise of Social Theory in 1995 and a French edition as Naissance de la Sociologie in 2006. He is currently completing a new monograph, provisionally titled French Sociology.

He is also co-editor of The Rise of Social Sciences and the Formation of Modernity: Conceptual Change in Context, 1750-1850 (1998), as well as Pour une histoire des sciences sociales. Hommage à Pierre Bourdieu (2004). In addition, he is co-editor of the Complete Works of Norbert Elias (Suhrkamp Verlag).

In his work, Johan Heilbron has always kept an eye out for the social and historical conditions of social theory. He always draws attention to the ways in which social science is conceived in particular social and historical settings. As few others, he is able to clarify the historicity of the social sciences.


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