Toward a Non-Hegemonic Sociology | 28-29 June 2021

An international symposium organised by Stéphane Dufoix and Eric Macé.

Recent studies about the impact of postcolonial and decolonial controversies and critiques about how to write the history of sociology have convincingly shown that classical sociology and its canonical authors (Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Parsons, etc.) confounded its situated viewpoint (that of an evolutionist, modern, diffusionist, androcentric, heterocentric and Western-centric relation to the world) with universality per se. Blinded by their methodological nationalism and ethnocentrism, most classical sociologists have for a long time considered that the object of sociology, “society”, was historically and ideal-typically represented by Western nation-states. This sociology cannot claim any universality whenever it projects its own norms, hegemonic standards and definitions of reality onto other social formations while blinding itself to its own situated relation to the world. This is all the more problematic as postcolonial critiques have offered a new reading of world history demonstrating that all contemporary societies in the world – Western societies included – have been shaped by the collision between the colonial relation and the postcolonial entanglements.

Much has already been written on these issues. But what has been done so far to resist this structural situation or to counterbalance it? More than this, now that this epistemic hegemony has been widely highlighted – if not widely acknowledged – the question remains of “how can we try to practically move toward a less hegemonic sociology from now on ?”

This same question has been asked to the 25 social scientists participating in this symposium. Their answers may be at the heart of a deep future transformation of the reflection about sociology.

Please email to register your interest in attending or ask any questions.

Monday 28 June 2021

Panel One | 09:00 - 11:00 UK Time

Chair: Syed Farid Alatas (National University of Singapore)

Raewyn Connell (University of Sydney)
Han Sang-Jin (Seoul National University)
Shujiro Yazawa (Seijo University in Tokyo)
Sujata Patel (Umea University )

Panel Two | 14:00 - 16:00 UK Time

Chair: Leandro Rodriguez Medina (Universidad de las Americas Puebla)

João Marcelo Ehlert Maia (Fundação Getulio Vargas)
Julian Go (University of Chicago)
Rigas Arvanitis (Université de Paris)

Panel Three | 16:30 - 18:30 UK Time

Chair: Marcelo Rosa (Rio de Janeiro Federal Rural University & University of Brasilia)

Adewale Adesina (Ekiti State University)
Jimi Adesina (University of South Africa)
Geoffrey Pleyers (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Panel Four | 09:00 - 11:00 UK Time

Chair: Muyiwa Omobowale (University of Ibadan)

Eric Macé (Université de Bordeaux)
Nilüfer Göle (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)
Sari Hanafi (American University of Beirut)

Panel Five | 12:00 - 14:00 UK Time

Chair: Gurminder Bhambra (University of Sussex)

Manuela Boatcă (University of Freiburg)
Sonja Avlijas (University of Belgrade)
Stéphane Dufoix (University of Paris-Nanterre)

Panel Six | 16:30 - 18:30 UK Time

Chair: Hebe Vessuri (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)

Laurence Roulleau-Berger (CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon)
Gennaro Ascione (University of Naples, l'Orientale)
Wiebke Keim (CNRS/SAGE, Université de Strasbourg)

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Image: Migratory Birds, by James Wainscott via Unsplash