INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ‘Pierre Bourdieu and History. Influences, inspirations, interactions’

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Conveners: Anne Friederike Müller-Delouis (Orléans) and Arietta Papaconstantinou (Reading)
Scientific committee: Franck Poupeau (CNRS), Gisèle Sapiro (CNRS), Derek Robbins (London), Alan Strathern (Brasenose).

The French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu died in 2002. His work continues to be highly influential, as evidenced by an ongoing editorial activity and the international dissemination of his writings. While Bourdieu left his mark on many intellectual areas through the breadth of his theories, he established a privileged dialogue with history as a discipline. This conference aims to shed further light, twenty years later, on the links between history, historians, and Bourdieu’s scientific legacy.

The conference will take place on-site at St Peter's College and at the Maison Française, and will also be livestreamed on Zoom.
To attend the event onsite or receive a link to join on Zoom, you will need to register here
After registering, you will receive an email with all the details to join us onsite and online.


Download the Programme here and the Poster here.




21 April 2022, St Peter’s College, New Inn Hall St

Pascal Marty (CNRS, director of the Maison française d’Oxford) – Welcome
Minh-Hà Pham (CNRS, Counsellor for Science and Technology at French Embassy in the United Kingdom) – Opening remarks
Anne Friederike Müller-Delouis (Orléans) & Arietta Papaconstantinou (Reading) – 20 years later

9.45-10.45am - Keynote 1
Derek Robbins (UEL) – Homo historicus

11.15am-12.45pm - Session 1
Ingrid Holtey (Bielefeld) – Histoire et sociologie : un parcours personnel
Franck Poupeau (CNRS, Paris) – Beyond the differentiation of modern societies: field theory and its analytical shifts

2.30-4.00pm - Session 2
Nathan Schlanger (École nationale des chartes – PSL, Paris) – From technology to material culture: reading Bourdieu with objects in mind
Andrew Gardner (UCL) –  Bourdieu and the practice turn in archaeology: an incomplete revolution

4.30-6.00pm - Session 3
James McDougall (Oxford) – Space, language, and symbolic power
Bella Sandwell (Bristol) – Bourdieu, habitus and cognitive science: on the possibilities of religious change in late antiquity


22 April 2022, Maison française d’Oxford, 2-10 Norham Rd

9.10-10.30am - Keynote 2
Gisèle Sapiro (EHESS)– Reproduction, structural transformation and crises: Bourdieu's historical sociology

11.00am-12.30pm - Session 4
Marie Legendre (Edinburgh) – Bourdieu and the early Islamic state
Antoine Destemberg (Université d’Artois) – Were medieval theologians sociologists? Pierre Bourdieu and the astonishment of the Middle Ages

2.00-3.30pm - Session 5
Anaïs Albert (Université de Paris Cité) – The usefulness of Pierre Bourdieu for the 19th-century social history: working classes, domination and agency
Lilian Mathieu (ENS, Lyon) – Bourdieu and May 68:  from student demography to political crisis

3.30-6.00pm - Session 6
Benoît de l’Estoile (CNRS Paris, CMH) – Dancing on a tight rope: Bourdieu and anthropology
Round table – The sociologist between history and anthropology: a unified social science? 
Sondra Hausner (Oxford) – Adam Kuper (LSE) – Arietta Papaconstantinou (Reading), moderated by Anne Friederike Müller-Delouis (Orléans)


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