The 'Figurational Research Network' is loosely organised but spreads across the world. Members are linked through the Figurations newsletter, and through meeting each other at conferences, and often collaborate with each other in research. The 'Figurational Sociology Working Group', which has met at World Congresses of Sociology since 1994, is currently affiliated to Research Committee 20 of the International Sociological Association.
The list below of scholars who have actively used the work of Norbert Elias in their publications is only provisional. It includes not just sociologists but political scientists, historians, criminologists, and anthropologists among others.
Please also note the new blog by Bruce Mazlish, the great ‘global historian’ at MIT, whose writings are always congenial to figurationists: http://www.bmazlish.blog.com/
In addition, the new journal, Human Figurations, published its first issue in January 2012 and can be viewed online. The unifying theme of Human Figurations is a broad concern with long-term processes of the development of human society and the human condition. Our general mission is to foster research and publication in the general spirit of Norbert Elias who wrote on an astonishing range of topics: among them, violence, war, sport, ageing and dying, time, work, art, music, poetry, utopias and the relations between the sexes. In consequence, we invite researchers from many disciplines and the full spectrum of theoretical perspectives on the human condition, especially people working in the interstices between conventional disciplines: history (especially world historians and social historians), criminology, international relations, anthropology, psychology and political science.
Human Figurations is published bi-annually (January and July) by the Scholarly Publishing Office and the University of Michigan. Submissions for Volume 3, Issue 1 (published January 2014) and onwards are welcome.
Beatriz Rocha Ferreira
Lars Bo Kaspersen
Geert de Vries
Wilbert van Vree
Fernando Ampudia Haro