The Norbert Elias Chair

The Norbert Elias Chair in the Sociology of Long-Term Processes, jointly financed by the Norbert Elias Foundation and the University of Utrecht, was established at the University of Utrecht in September 1992. In 2002 the Norbert Elias Chair was relocated in the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

Nico Wilterdink held the Chair from its foundation until fall 1999, having by then been appointed to a professorship at the University of Amsterdam. He delivered his inaugural lecture on 8 September 1993, on the subject of 'Inequality and Interdependence: Developments in Property Relations'.

Johan Heilbron succeded Nico Wilterdink in the chair in September 2000, and gave his inaugural lecture on "Quest for Securities: Financial Regimes and Shareholder Power" on 13 December 2001.

The third occupant of the chair was Giselinde Kuipers, who took up her position in Rotterdam on 1 September 2009. She gave her inaugural lecture on 11 June 2010, and relinquished the chair in 2012 upon her appointment (in succession to Nico Wilterdink) as Professor of Cultural Sociology in the University of Amsterdam


Inaugural Lectures

Wilterdink, Nico, 1993, Ongelijkheid en interdependentie: ontwikkelingen in welstandsverhoudingen. Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff (published under the same title in shortened version in Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift, jrg. 20, no. 2, pp 3-42). An English version - not a literal translation - was published in 1995: 'Increasing Income Inequality and Wealth Concentration in the Prosperous Societies of the West', in: Studies in International Comparative Development, 30, 3 (1995), pp 3-23.

Heilbron, Johan, 2001, Effectbejag: ontwikkelingen in financiële regimes en aandeelhoudersmacht. Amsterdam, Stichting Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift