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International Sociological Association

From the Past to the Present and towards Possible Futures: The Collected Works of Norbert Elias
University of Leicester, United Kingdom
June 20–22, 2014
Abstracts: December 31,2013

From the Past to the Present and towards Possible Futures: The Collected Works of Norbert Elias
College Court, University of Leicester, UK,20–22 June 2014
Call for Papers
‘One cannot ignore the fact that every present society has grown out of earlier societies and points beyond itself to a diversity of possible futures.’
‘Today we have basically lost the ability to think of a future. Most people do not want to go beyond their present – they do not like to see themselves as a link in the chain of generations’
Norbert Elias, 1987

In 2014 the eighteenth and final volume of the Collected Works of Norbert Elias in English will be published by University College Dublin Press. (For details of the volumes, see:

The mammoth undertaking, in association with the Norbert Elias Foundation, Amsterdam, and under the stewardship of Professor Stephen Mennell, has taken a decade to bring to fruition. It brings together the entire corpus of Elias’s works, featuring many writings previously unpublished or not hitherto translated into English, faithfully representing his core ideas and his overall sociological position.

The conference marking the completion of the whole project will appropriately be held at the University of Leicester, where Elias lived and taught from 1954 to 1977.

The conference will be organised around some of Elias’s key works: On the Process of Civilisation; What is Sociology?; The Established and the Outsiders; Quest for Excitement; and Essays I: On the Sociology of Knowledge and the Sciences.

Besides parallel sessions on these theme, there will be postgraduate workshops and keynote presentations.

Craig Calhoun, Director of the London School of Economics, has agreed to give the opening address.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words for the conference should be submitted to the conference organisers: and not later than 31 December, 2013

Abstracts must:
• Specifically address one or more of the conference themes (and specify preferred stream)
• Include details of institutional affiliation
• Be written in English, since all presentations will be in English

Abstracts received after the closing date will not be considered. Registration for the conference will open 3 February 2014.

For further details, see the full version of this call for papers at: or

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