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Eric Dunning’s 80th birthday: celebratory symposium

4 March, 2017, College Court, Leicester

This event is will be a relaxed and informal gathering to celebrate Eric Dunning’s 80th birthday, and also to use it as an event recognising his outstanding contribution to sociology. Sessions will be relatively short, allowing plenty of opportunities for informal chats over coffee (there’s a breakout coffee lounge) and of course, food and drinks together in the evening.

Among other things, it is hoped to show a DVD of a lecture by Eric on varieties of catharsis and other aspects of sport, and perhaps the 1975 Dutch documentary about Norbert Elias.

Provisional programme:

Friday 3rd March (For those who wish to stay Friday night. Evening arrival, College Court, drinks and bite to eat in the Craddock).

Saturday 4th March
Breakfast at College Court (for those who stayed over Friday evening).

11.00–1.00 Informal Meeting

1.00–2.30 Lunch and Coffee

2.30–5.00 Informal Meeting

6.00 Evening Meal and Drinks

Sunday 5th March
Breakfast at College Court and depart.

Please contact Jason Hughes ( if you would like to attend