In general, the Norbert Elias Foundation gives financial support only to those conferences that it has itself organised or sponsored.


Past Conferences

The following list includes international and national sociological conferences at which ‘figurational’ sessions formed part of the programme.


Norbert Elias: Sociologue de la connaissance et des sciences, Centre Alexandre Koyré (EHESS), 27, rue Damesme, 75013 Paris – 19–20 January 2017.



Changing Power Relations and the Drag Effects of Habitus: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches in the TwentyFirst Century, Institute of Sociology at the Westphalian Wilhelms- University, Münster, Germany, 8–10 September 2016. 

Social Character and Historical Process: Conference in Honour of Stephen Mennell, Newman House, Dublin, 7 January 2016



Workshop on Sports, Leisure and Culture in the works of Norbert Elias: Connecting with Unpublished Material, Regionalzentrum Frankfurt der FernUniversität Hagen, Frankfurt am Main, 9–10 April 2015

From the Past to the Present and towards Possible Futures: The Collected Works of Norbert Elias, College Court, University of Leicester 20–22 June 2014. Conference to mark the completion of publication by UCD Press of the Collected Works of Norbert Elias in 18 volumes.



Norbert Elias et l’histoire: Journée d’étude, Salle Julien Gracq, Lycée Henri IV, 23 rue Clovis 75005 Paris, 4 April 2014

A civilised evening with Norbert Elias: everything you always wanted to know about Eliasian sociology but didn’t dare to ask about, University of Edinburgh, 20 February 2014



Workshop on Eliasian Perspectives on Early Childhood, School of Management, University of Leicester, 28 November 2013 

The civilising offensive (Het burgerlijk beschavingsoffensief): prospects for future understanding, or an obsolete concept? 24 October 2013, Sheffield Hallam University 

Habitus, War and Civilisation: Conference in honour of Professor Helmut Kuzmics on his retirement, Department of Sociology, University of Graz, 25–27 April 2013



Civilising Bodies: Literature, rhetoric, and image, 1700 to the present day, 25–26 April 2013, University of Exeter

Norbert Elias and Figurational Sociology: Prospects for the Future, Copenhagen University 2–4 April 2012

Reinventing Norbert Elias: for an open sociology, Amsterdam, 22–23 June 2012



Sixtieth Anniversary Conference of the British Sociological Association, London, UK, April 2011.

Three papers presented throw further light on Elias's life in Britain: 

Johan Goudsblom: 'Norbert Elias as an educator: an autobiographical account'

Marc Joly: 'Norbert Elias's networks in the British intellectual field before his appointment in Leicester (1945-54)'

Hermann Korte: 'Norbert Elias at the University of Leicester'

'Norbert Elias, Emotional Styles and Historical Change', University of Adelaide, South Australia, 14–15 June 2011


'Norbert Elias, Emotional Styles and Historical Change', University of Adelaide, South Australia, 14–15 June, 2011

'New Issues in Process Sociology', Wissenschafts Zentrum Berlin, 5 December.



Beyond Dichotomous Thinking – The Society of Individuals: The Legacy and Continuing Relevance of Norbert Elias’s Sociology, Firenze, Polo delle Scienze Sociali, Università degli studi di Firenze, 7–8 October 2010. Contact:

Figurational Sociology sessions (within Research Committee 20, Comparative Sociology), XVII ISA World Congress, Göteborg, 11–17 July 2010.

Globalisation and Civilisation in International Relations: University College Dublin, 9–10 April 2010.



Workshop: Habitus: Soziologisch – literarisch – literatursoziologisch, Graz, 21–23 May 2009.

1er Foro Internacional sobre Civilidades y Des-Órdenes Sociales, Instituto de Investigaciones Psicológicas, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Mexico, 27–29 May 2009.

International Institute of Sociology (IIS) 39th World Congress of Sociology, Yerevan, Armenia 11–14 June, 2009.

10e Congrès de l'Association Française de Science Politique, Section Thématique 44: Sociologie et histoire des mécanismes de dépacification du jeu politique, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble, 7–9 September 2009.

XII International Symposium on Civilising Processes, Recife, Brazil, 10–13 November 2009.



Zur Genealogie des Zivilisationsprozesses: Friedrich Nietzsche und Norbert Elias [On the Genealogy of the Civilising Process: Friedrich Nietzsche and Norbert Elias], Humboldt University, Berlin, 26–7 September, 2008.

Care or Control of the Self: The Sociology of the Subject in the Twenty-First Century, University of Hamburg, 3–5 July 2008.

XI International Civilising Process Symposium: Civilisation, Culture and Institutions, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1–4 July 2008.

International Institute of Sociology (IIS) 38th World Congress of Sociology, Budapest, 26–30 June 2008.

Symposium on Informalisation in Honour of Cas Wouters, Amsterdam, 18 April 2008.



Civilising and Decivilising Processes: A Figurational Approach to American Studies, Frankfurt, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Zentrum für Nordamerikaforschung 22–24 November, 2007.

Conference celebrating the completion of the publication of the Gesammelte Schriften of Norbert Elias in 19 volumes, Deutches Literaturarchiv, Marbach am Neckar, 14–15 September 2008.



Elias in the Twenty-First Century, University of Leicester, 10–12 April 2006.

37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, Stockholm, Sweden, 5–9 July, 2005.

Towards widespread self-regulation of health, body and living?: Dialogues in relation to Norbert Elias, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme–Paris Nord, 9 June 2005.



From Young Workers to Older Workers: Reflections on work in the Life Process, Centre for Labour Market Studies, Leicester, 13 April 2005.



Court Society and Civilising Process: Norbert Elias’s Work in Interdisciplinary Perspective, Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg–Stuttgart, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, 1–3 May 2003.

Contemporary Social Transformations in a Long-Term Perspective, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, 11 March, 2003.



International Sociological Association, XV World Congress of Sociology, Brisbane, Australia, 8–13 July 2002.

British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leicester, 25–27 March 2002.



VI International Symposium on Civilising Process, Assis, S.P., Brazil 12–14 November 2001.



Colloque International Norbert Elias, Université de Haute Bretagne – Rennes II, 13–14 October 2000.

Norbert Elias and Social Anthropology/Norbert Elias et l’ethnologie, Colloque du Société d’ethnologie française, University of Metz (France), 20–22 September 2000.



Norbert Elias in Wroc?aw/Breslau, University of Wroc?aw, Poland, 24–25 September, 1999.



Ad Hoc  Sessions on Figurational Sociology, ISA World Congress of Sociology, Montreal 26 July–1 August 1998.

Norbert Elias and the Social Sciences at the end of the Twentieth Century: International Symposium, Bucaramanga, Colombia, 24–26 June 1998. 

Sommes-nous civilisés? – ilan du XXe siècle, Société des Gens de Lettres, Paris, 10 April 1998.

Early Modern History and the ‘Civilising Process’, University of Leicester, 14–16 April 1998.



Organized violence: the formation and breakdown of monopolies of force – conditions and consequences. Norbert Elias Centenary Conference, Amsterdam 18–20 December 1997.

Manners, Emotions and Sociological Theory: Norbert Elias Centenary Student Conference, Stranmillis College, Belfast, 27 November 1997.

Special Session 370, entitled ‘Norbert Elias, 1897–1990 – Centenary Session’, American Sociological Association, Toronto, 12 August 1997.

The Formation of the Parliamentary State: Elias Centenary Colloquium, Université de Paris X – Nanterre, 16–17 May 1997.

Elias Foundation Centenary Conference, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forchung, Bielefeld, 20–22 June 1997.

First North American Norbert Elias Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 20–22 March 1997.



The Elias Paradigm and Social Science History, Roundtable at Annual Conference of the Social Science History Association (SSHA), Chicago, November 1995.

The Civilising of the Female Ego, University of Hamburg, Germany 23–25 June 1995. 



Beyond Elias, Ad Hoc Sessions on Figurational Sociology, ISA World Congress of Sociology, Bielefeld, 18–24 July 1994.

Norbert Elias and Political Analysis, Université de Paris X – Nanterre, 7-8 April 1994.


Memorial Conference for Norbert Elias (Gedenkta­gung für Norbert Elias) Universität Essen, 16–19 October, 1991