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BSA Conference 6-8 April 2011 – TWO Elias sessions

Posted on by Stephen Mennell

From Katie Liston and Jonathan Fletcher (Convenors)

We are pleased at last to be able to notify participants, and especially those who have offered papers, that the British Sociological Association has now allocated a second session to Elias and figurational sociology at the conference at the LSE on 6–8 April 2011 marking the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the BSA.

Details of the two sessions are given below. The first, as originally planned, will focus principally on Elias’s position as an outsider in British sociology. The second, additional, session includes papers on a wider set of concerns.

Those who are planning on attending this conference might also be interested in the sociology of sport stream, information on which is available on the conference website.

The presenters identified here should now contact the BSA office directly to register for the conference, ideally by the end of January. The BSA office has already received has over 700 bookings and the maximum capacity (per day) is 960 delegates.

You can book online at In the meantime, abstracts should also be forwarded directly to Liz Jackson ( to complete the stream programme.

Open Stream 2: ELIAS

Session 1: Wednesday 6th April 2011 at 09:30–11:30

John Goodwin and Jason Hughes: Ilya Neustadt, Norbert Elias and the development of sociology in britain: formal and informal sources of historical data

Eric Dunning: Long-term patterns of sports-related violence: some figurational observations and related concepts

Marc Joly: Norbert Elias’s networks in the field of British Sociology before his appointment in Leicester

Norman Gabriel: Collar the lot! Norbert Elias on the Isle of Man

Hermann Korte: Norbert Elias at the University of Leicester

Session 2: Wednesday 6th April 2011 at 12:00–13:30

Marjorie Fitzpatrick: The hidden agenda for ‘absolutist’ monarchical power in the eighteenth century court society in England: the libretto of Handel’s Messiah

Matt Clement: Trade Unions: A Significant Social Figuration?

Abram de Swaan: On genocidal perpetrators

Miguel Fernadez Llanos: Norbert Elias meets Karl Marx at the British Museum: towards the civilizing process model of models

Michael Dunning: Figurational Sociology and the Study of British ‘Islamist Terrorism’