***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** 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 1998. 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 habitus · 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 capital · Concepts of causality in geometric data analysis · What benefits do modern variants of geometric data analysis have for a Bourdieusian approach to social phenomena · 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: [log in to unmask] Scientific committee Jörg Blasius, University of Bonn Frédéric Lebaron, University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines 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, Paris Best Wishes, Andreas _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.