Figurations 34 will be late!

Figurations, the Newsletter of the Norbert Elias Foundation, is normally posted to subscribers early in December, but we regret that – because of pressure of other work – we shall not finish Figurations 34 by then. The delay is due to us simply having so many other calls on out time. Please accept our apologies. The issue will be posted out in January.

Stephen Mennell, Editor

Katie Liston, Associate Editor

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Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World

In addition to the conference in Adelaide mentioned in the previous post below, a related conference on ‘Emotions in the medieval and early modern world” will be held just prior to that, at the University of Western Australia, Perth, on 9-1 June. For further details, see

Bursaries to enable early career researchers to attend are available – applications by 14 January 201 1.

Contact: Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, M208 University of Western Australian 35 Stirling Highway CRAWLEY WA 6009, Australia

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CfP: Norbert Elias, emotional styles and historical change, 14-15 June, University of Adelaide

An Interdisciplinary Collaboratory – ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Change Program, University of Adelaide

1. Conceptualization

This is an international Collaboratory on the historical development of emotional styles in Europe and North America from medieval times to the present. The meeting will focus on the seminal ideas of the sociologist Norbert Elias about changes in emotions and society in his The Civilising Process (1939) and his work more generally. Contributions are sought from historians, sociologists, cultural theorists and others working in the field of the history of emotions and may take the form of substantial historical essays or theoretical papers discussing alternative models and interpretations to those of Elias.

Besides making substantive contributions to historical knowledge, the Collaboratory will address two important theoretical issues:

* what are the drivers of change in Western societies’ emotional regimes?
* what is the role of collective emotions in socio-historical change?

These questions have been chosen because of their intrinsic importance and their salience for sociologists and anthropologists, as well as historians and students of law, media, politics and religion.

2. Date and Venue

The Collaboratory will be held at the University of Adelaide 14-15 June, 2011. It is sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Change Program. The meeting is organized by Professor David Lemmings and Professor Ann Brooks.

3. Call for Papers

Please submit an abstract of 200 words by 1 February 2011. Completed papers should be submitted by 15 April 2011. Papers are invited on the following themes:

The history of emotions, especially relating to:

  • collective emotions and historical change
  • collective identity
  • mass emotions and media
  • violence
  • the body
  • crime, the administration of justice and punishment
  • gender and social theory
  • the state and emotional politics.

Papers should not exceed 8,000 words in length. They will be pre-circulated to delegates and uploaded onto the Collaboratory web site. At the meeting abbreviated presentations will be made by all but the keynote speakers so as to maximise time for discussion. Discussants will be called for at a later point and further details will be circulated in January 2011.

Abstracts should be submitted to and

4. Keynote Speakers

Keynotes will include Professor Barbara Rosewein (Loyola University of Chicago), Professor Bryan Turner (City University of New York and the University of Western Sydney), Professor Nicole Eustace (New York University) and Professor Stephen Mennell, (University College Dublin and the Norbert Elias Foundation).

5. Registration and Accommodation

There will be no formal Registration fee but a charge of AUS$80 will be made to cover the costs of the Collaboratory dinner. Accommodation details will be provided in January 2011.

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Professor of Sociology, University College Dublin

University College Dublin is seeking applications for the position of Professor of Sociology in the UCD School of Sociology, UCD College of Human Sciences.

The UCD School of Sociology holds the premier place in the field of sociology in Ireland and has a longstanding commitment to research of the highest quality, as well as the provision of innovative and dynamic teaching programmes. With 16.5 full-time members of staff, distinguished Visiting and Emeritus Professors and a large number of research students, the School has recently made a number of significant moves towards the realisation of its core goals: to develop its position as the country’s leading centre for sociological research, to enhance its international profile as a key centre for comparative social research and social theory and to consolidate and extend its teaching programmes, particularly at graduate level.

The School has a range of research and teaching strengths including sociological theory, the comparative study of social stratification and the welfare state, Irish and comparative social and cultural studies, globalization, health and civil society and the public sphere.  Staff members of the School have a strong track record of high-quality publications in these areas, and of attracting significant amounts of external funding for research projects. The School is a member of the European Consortium for Sociological Research and the Irish Social Science Platform, and it is currently actively involved in major projects funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the EU 7th Framework Programme. Senior members of the School currently hold executive positions in the International Sociological Association and the European Consortium for Sociological Research. More information about the School can be found at

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Sociology or Social Science awarded by a recognized University, a strong international reputation for scholarship and outstanding research, a substantial record of peer-reviewed publications of international standing, an established set of international networks, a successful record in securing external research funding, a commitment to graduate research and teaching as evidenced by successful supervision of doctoral students, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. The successful applicant will have demonstrated achievement in leadership roles as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and will play a vital leadership role in the success of the School of Sociology, displaying vision, energy and ambition in the consolidation and further development of its research and teaching programmes.

Salary:  €113,573 – €146,022 p.a.

Appointment on scale will be made commensurate with qualification and experience.

Applications are to be submitted online at:

Informal enquiries can be directed to the Head of School, Professor Chris Whelan, email:,  Tel: +353-1-716 8561

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. UCD are unable to accept late applications.  All current recruitment which is taking place within UCD is dependent on non-Exchequer, external and self-funding sources of finance.

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Creating Knowledge—A Theory-Building Workshop in Case-Reconstructive Research in the Social Sciences 19-20 November 2010, Goettingen

A warm welcome to all participants!

The issue of theory building is a constant accompaniment, requirement, and goal of many knowledge creators and scholars. The Workshop dealing with these topics is organized by doctoral students at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Goettingen. The English-speaking plenary session – key speakers include figurational sociologist Cas Wouters (Amsterdam/Utrecht) and, representing the sociology of knowledge, Roswitha Breckner Vienna) – will begin by addressing questions of theory production with a focus on the methodological implications.

In the second part of the workshop on Saturday, interdisciplinary junior researchers will address the challenges of theoretical generalization with a focus on case reconstructive research by presenting their individual research projects and discussing these issues with other doctoral candidates.

We hope you will enjoy the following two days in the modern and historical spaces of the Georg–August–University of Goettingen!

For any requests during the workshop please visit or call the registration desk

Funded by the The KMU-Netzwerk der Göttinger Graduiertenschule Gesellschaftswisschenschaften (SME-Network of the Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences), with the support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) “Europa fördert Niedersachsen” and in cooperation with the section of Qualitative Methods (led by Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rosenthal) at the Center of Methods in Social Sciences (MZS) at the University of Goettingen.

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Podcasts of Dublin conference now online

Podcasts of the papers presented at the international conference on ‘Globalisation & Civilisation in International Relations: Towards New Models of Human Interdependence’, 9-10 April 2010 in Dublin, can now be found at:

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Call for Papers: Norbert Elias and British Sociology

A special session on “Norbert Elias and British Sociology” will be held at the 60th anniversary conference of the British Sociological Association, on 6-8 April 2011 at the London School of Economics.

The session will focus on the reception and continuing influence of Norbert Elias in British sociology, from his arrival in London in 1935 to the present day. Themes to be covered include: (1) the early years at the LSE to his eventual appointment at the University of Leicester; (2) Elias’s relationship to the British sociological establishment; (3) the development of the sociology of sport and the “Leicester School”; and (4) the current status of his legacy in British sociology in the broader context of globalization.

The session is being organised by Katie Liston and Jon Fletcher. If you would like to contribute a paper, please send an abstract to Katie and Jon by 1 October 2010, at the following addresses:

Katie Liston:

Jon Fletcher:

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Figurational sessions, Göteborg

XVII World Congress of Sociology 2010
11–17 July 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden

For the final programme for the five figurational sociology sessions at the World Congress, see under “News” on the website of the Norbert Elias Foundation.

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Mozart and Other Essays on Courtly Art

Just published:

Norbert Elias, Mozart and Other Essays on Courtly Art, edited by Eric R. Baker and Stephen Mennell (Dublin: UCD Press, 2010). 200 pp. ISBN: 9781906359096

Like his father Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was dependent on a court aristocracy in whose eyes he was little more than a domestic servant. Unlike his father, however, his personal makeup was already that of the freelance artist who sought to follow the flow of his own artistic conscience and imagination rather than the courtly conventions and standards of the day. In Mozart: the Sociology of a Genius, Elias paints a portrait of this extraordinarily gifted artist born into a society that did not yet possess either the concept of ‘genius’ or (at least in music) that of freelance artist. The apparent contradictions of his character – the refined elegance of his compositions and the coarseness of his lavatorial humour – reflect his uncomfortable and eventually tragic straddling of two social worlds.

The volume also includes two long essays on related topics, previously unpublished in English.

‘The fate of German Baroque poetry: between the traditions of court and middle class’ asks why even such notable poets of the Baroque period in Germany as Martin Opitz and Christian Hofman von Hoffmanswaldau later fell into neglect, in contrast to their contemporaries in England and France – such as Milton, Marvell, Racine and Corneille. The reason, says Elias, was that in Germany courtly conventions and feelings were rejected much more radically by the middle-class writers of the age of Goethe and Schiller.

Elias’s essay ‘Watteau’s Pilgrimage to the Island of Love’ was only published posthumously, and is not included in the German Gesammelte Schriften. It concerns Watteau’s painting also known under the title of The Embarkation for Cythera, seen as the quintessence of the courtly style and fête galante genre. Watteau’s work too fell into disfavour at the time of the Revolution, but then became the centre of attention once more among the French Romantics.

This volume includes a full colour reproduction of the Louvre version of The Embarkation for Cythera, and, like other volumes in the series, has been thoroughly re-edited and annotated.

Discount Price if ordered directly from the publisher ( €48.00

List Price: €60.00

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XIII Simpósio Internacional Processo Civilizador

XIII Simpósio Internacional Processo Civilizador
9–12 November 2010
Universidade Nacional da Colômbia (UNAL) Bogotá, Colombia

The deadline for abstracts is 19 May 2010. Abstracts should refer to one of the following themes:

  • Sport and leisure;
  • Education and Culture;
  • Latin America;
  • Theoretical debates

Contact address:

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