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Dear Colleagues,

i would like to draw your attention to the conference 
"Empirical Investigations of the Social Space" which
will take place in Bonn, Germany (12-14.10, 2015).

Call for Papers

Empirical Investigation of Social Space II

The objective of this international conference is to bring 
together social scientists interested in both traditional 
and modern methods for the construction of social space, 
in line with the work of Pierre Bourdieu. This event 
follows the spirit of a conference organized by Henry 
Rouanet (1931-2008), Brigitte Le Roux, and Jörg Blasius 
with Bourdieu’s participation, in Cologne, Germany, in 

The conference will take place at the University of Bonn, 
Germany, from
October 12th-14th, 2015

A dozen years after his passing, Pierre Bourdieu has 
emerged as the sole twentieth-century sociologist who has 
entered the canon of social sciences. His impact is 
evidenced not only by the fact that he is the most quoted 
sociologist of our times: his work is cited, deployed, and 
elaborated across the disciplines that make up the social 
sciences and the humanities, as well as in the arts and 
many professional disciplines (architecture, business, 
nursing, accounting and forestry, for example). Scientists 
engage his central concepts, such as “capital”, “field”, 
“social space”, “habitus” and “symbolic power”. They also 
challenge and extend his empirical findings, for example 
those regarding the patterning of fields or the 
correspondences of lifestyles and social classes.

A core methodological element of Bourdieu’s relationalism 
lies in geometric data analysis (analyse des données), 
with its underlying philosophy that, as stated by the 
mathematician Jean-Paul Benzécri, “the model should follow 
the data and not the reverse.”

The purpose of this conference is to explicate and extend 
Bourdieu’s relationalism in social analysis by elaborating 
his core concepts and amplifying the methodological 
precepts and techniques of their deployment. Special 
attention will be paid to the ways in which his 
habitus/field theory might be extended. Themes of the 
conference include (but are not limited to):

·    Formal construction and empirical observation of 
·    The  formation,  accumulation,  differentiation  of 
 and  conversion  between  different forms of capital
·    The theory and methodology for the construction of 
“social spaces”
·    The relation between various “fields” and “the field 
of power”
·    Mechanisms of production and deployment of symbolic 
·    Concepts of causality in geometric data analysis
·    What benefits do modern variants of geometric data 
analysis have for a Bourdieusian approach to social 
·    Other methods for elaborating, extending and testing 
Bourdieu’s theories, such as network analysis, content 
analysis, or discourse analysis; regression analysis, 
panel analysis, latent class analysis in the framework of 
geometric data analysis
·    We  also  call  for  contributions  regarding 
 particular  applications  of  Bourdieu’s methodology to 
traditional and new areas of research, such as the 
analysis of institutional, international and transnational 
fields, the workings of hybrid habitus, the variants of 
symbolic power, etc.

Deadline for abstract submission: 1st  of June, 2015, 
notification of acceptance of conference paper: 29th of 
June, 2015

For further information, please contact: 
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Scientific committee

Jörg Blasius, University of Bonn
Frédéric Lebaron, University of 
Brigitte Le Roux, University Paris Descartes
Andreas Schmitz, University of Bonn
In cooperation with Loïc Wacquant, University of 
California, Berkeley, and Centre de sociologie européenne, 

Best Wishes,

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