ISA Past Presidents

Michel Wieviorka

President 2006-10

1946 | -

Nationality French


Current position

  • Administrator of the Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH) since 2009.
  • Professor (Directeur d’études) Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, since 1989;
  • Director of the Centre for Sociological Analysis and Intervention (CADIS) from 1993 till 2009.
  • Director (with Georges Balandier) of the Cahiers Internationaux de Sociologie (since 1992).
  • Member of the Editorial Committees of Ethnic and Racial Studies; Ethnic and Migration Studies; Critical Horizons; International Review of Sociology; the Collège des Evaluateurs du Programme des Chaires de Recherche, Canada (2000-2002), and member of the Executive Committee of the International Social Science Council, UNESCO, since 2004.
  • ISA: member of the Program Committee of the XV World Congress in Brisbane (1998-2002) and of the Executive Committee (2002-2006). Member of RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements since 1982.

Major research topics

  • 1975-82 (with Alain Touraine) on social movements;
  • 1981-89 on terrorism;
  • 1988-96 on racism;
  • 1994-6 on the actors in post-communist societies;
  • 1995-2002 on cultural difference, multiculturalism;
  • 1995-2005 on violence.
  • Languages spoken : French, English, Spanish.

Selected Publications

Three selected publications (among 30 books, including 12 edited volumes) : La Différence, Balland, 2001 (Plural 2003); The Arena of Racism (Sage 1995; Paidos 1992; Le Seuil 1991); The Making of Terrorism (University of Chicago Press 1993, new ed. 2005; Fayard, 1989; Plazza y Janes 1991).

Articles in numerous journals, including The European Journal of Education; Thesis Eleven; Public Culture; International Policy Review; Tempo social; Political Thought; Educaçao, Sociedade e Culturas; Theory, Culture and Society; Revista Colombiana de Sociología; International Sociology; Revista d’etnologia de Catalunya; Contemporary Sociology; Social Movement Studies; Revista Estudios Sociológicos; the Annals of the International Institute of Sociology; La Revue de l’Institut de Sociologie, etc.

Organizational experience

Organisation of international symposiums in France: Racism 1990 ; The Concept of the Subject 1993; Cultural difference and multiculturalism 2000; The Paradigms of the Social Sciences 2005.

Presidential address

"Sociology on the move"