Une conversation : Annie Ernaux et Rose-Marie Lagrave

03.März 2023

Claire Tomasella , Claire Mélot , Sarah Carlotta Hechler , Annie Ernaux et Rose-Marie Lagrave

Edition: Edition de l'EHESS
Collection: Audiographie

Édité par Sarah Carlotta, Claire Mélot, Claire Tomasella
Postface de Paul Pasquali

Avant de se rencontrer à un colloque de l'École normale supérieure, elles avaient mutuellement lu leurs écrits. Annie avait suivi avec intérêt les articles de Rose-Marie dans la revue fondée par Pierre Bourdieu, Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, Rose-Marie attendu avec un grand empressement chaque roman d’Annie, portées par ce sentiment d’identification si rare entre deux domaines de la pensée longtemps considérés comme opposés. Et pourtant, que ce soit par la sociologie ou la littérature, les démarches des deux autrices se ressemblent: socioanalyse, « auto-sociobiographie » ou comment l’écriture de soi produit une connaissance du social. Dans ce dialogue intellectuel et intime, la romancière Annie Ernaux et la sociologue Rose-Marie Lagrave, issues de la même génération, se livrent à une réflexion sur leurs trajectoires sociales: elles évoquent autant leurs points communs – familles modestes, normandes, bercées par le catholicisme –, que la manière différente dont elles se conçoivent en tant que transfuges de classe. Elles partagent ici leurs parcours, leurs lectures (de Pierre Bourdieu à Virginia Woolf), leurs rapports au travail, à la reconnaissance et à la vieillesse, et donnent à penser l’amitié féministe et l’écriture comme voies vers l’émancipation.

Simulative Souveränität. Eine Soziologie Politischer Ordnungsbildung

01.März 2023

Andrea Kretschmann

Edition: Konstanz University Press
ISBN: ISBN 978-3-8353-9155-0

Awkward Archives

01.März 2023

Margareta von Oswald , Jonas Tinius, Bernd Scherer, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Hannes Hacke, Yann LeGall,Franka Schneider, Tahani Nadim

Edition: Archive Books
ISBN: 978-3-948212-92-9

Awkward Archives proposes a manual for academic teaching and learning contexts. An ethnographic research approach is confronted with the demands of archival research as both disciplines challenge their inner logics and epistemologies. Through fieldwork and ethnographic tools and methods, both analogue and digital, the editors take various contemporary archival sites in Berlin as case studies to elaborate on controversial concepts in Western thought. Presenting as such a modular curriculum on archives in their awkwardness—with the tensions, discomfort and antagonisms they pose.

With case studies on Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Hahne-Niehoff Archive and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, among others.

Youth Cultures of Activism and Politics

26.Januar 2023

Nazan Maksudyan

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture
Collection: The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture

Youth cultures’ engagement with activism and politics, through which young people attempt “to initiate and resist change in the social order,” has produced a sizable literature. A discussion of this topic traces this engagement and its changes over time. First, nationalist youth cultures of the early twentieth century stressed duty, responsibility, and idealism. Later, the anti-establishment youth cultures of the 1960s and 1970s aspired to change the world on a global scale. Anarchistic and nonconformist youth subcultures of the 1980s and 1990s cultivated apathy toward traditional politics. Finally, globally dissenting millennials focus their concerns on democratic governance, ecology, and global social justice.

Maksudyan, Nazan, 'Youth Cultures of Activism and Politics', in James Marten (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture (online edn, Oxford Academic, 14 Apr. 2021),,

Transferring Asylum Norms to EU Neighbours

02.Januar 2023

Irina Mützelburg

The European Union in International Affairs (EUIA)
Edition: Palgrave Macmillan
Collection: The European Union in International Affairs (EUIA)
ISBN: 978-3-031-04527-1

This book analyses why the Ukrainian state established asylum laws and policies in the thirty years since 1991, even though the number of asylum seekers was very low. International and non-governmental organisations transferred international asylum norms to Ukraine. Various state and non-state actors participated in this process, translating, spreading, and resisting those norms. In many cases, legislative adoption was driven by domestic politicians’ pursuit of recognition by international organisations, such as the European Union and the Council of Europe, and by their desire to meet conditionality requirements. NGOs sought to influence administrative practices, alternating between confrontational and conciliatory, formal and informal approaches, and often relying on personal contacts. Actors used and shifted between scales in order to transfer norms or resist transfer. In the process, they produced, renegotiated, and confirmed those scales. For instance, NGOs resorting to the European Court of Human Rights to prevent refoulement placed the European scale above the national scale. This book offers a new multi-actor and multi-scalar analysis of policy transfer.

Working Through Colonial Collections. An Ethnography of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin

15.Dezember 2022

Margareta von Oswald


Edition: Leuven University Press
ISBN: 9789461664259

Reckoning with colonial legacies in Western museum collections

What are the possibilities and limits of engaging with colonialism in ethnological museums? This book addresses this question from within the Africa department of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin. It captures the Museum at a moment of substantial transformation, as it prepared the move of its exhibition to the Humboldt Forum, a newly built and contested cultural centre on Berlin’s Museum Island. The book discusses almost a decade of debate in which German colonialism was negotiated, and further recognised, through conflicts over colonial museum collections.

Based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork examining the Museum’s various work practices, this book highlights the Museum’s embeddedness in colonial logics and shows how these unfold in the Museum’s everyday activity. It addresses the diverse areas of expertise in the Ethnological Museum – the preservation, storage, curation, and research of collections – and also draws on archival research and oral history interviews with current and former employees. Working through Colonial Collections unravels the ongoing and laborious processes of reckoning with colonialism in the Ethnological Museum’s present – processes from which other ethnological museums, as well as Western museums more generally, can learn.

With a preface by Sharon Macdonald.

Commemorating the First World War and Its Aftermath: Neo-Ottomanism, Gender, and the Politics of History in Turkey

14.Dezember 2022

Nazan Maksudyan , Hilal Alkan

Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe
Edition: Neo-Ottoman Imaginaries in Contemporary Turkey
Collection: Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe

This chapter discusses the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) neo-Ottomanist history politics with a focus on commemoration and memorialisation of the First World War and the “Independence War” in Turkey. These commemorations refer to a mythical Ottoman past that stresses Sunni-Muslim-Turkish imperial legacy and the prominence of Muslim faith, solidarity, and martyrdom. While they undermine the hero cult around Mustafa Kemal and pluralize heroism by including women (and other male warriors), the commemorations consciously omit the existence of non-Muslim soldiers and ethnic violence against non-Muslims. The chapter traces incorporation of mythical narratives of women warriors into the centennial memorialisation in order to explore the shift in the construction of masculinities and femininities. Although the recognition of women’s participation in the war effort is a step towards pluralisation, women’s heroic representations reflect the same neo-Ottomanist obsession with “Muslim martyrdom” that rests on a masculinist notion of heroism, and a homogeneous ethno-religious identity.

Maksudyan, N., Alkan, H. (2023). Commemorating the First World War and Its Aftermath: Neo-Ottomanism, Gender, and the Politics of History in Turkey. In: Raudvere, C., Onur, P. (eds) Neo-Ottoman Imaginaries in Contemporary Turkey. Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Sigmund Freud. Zur Einfrührung

01.Dezember 2022

Andreas Mayer


Edition: Junius
ISBN: 978-3-88506-090-1

Wenige Autoren haben das 20. Jahrhundert so sehr geprägt wie Sigmund Freud, der mit der Psychoanalyse nicht nur ein neues theoretisches Denkgebäude und psychotherapeutisches Verfahren, sondern auch eine weltweite Organisation begründet hat. Freuds Schriften haben eine kaum überschaubare Fülle an Sekundärliteratur hervorgebracht und waren Gegenstand zahlreicher, bis heute andauernder Kontroversen. Diese Einführung des Wissenschaftshistorikers Andreas Mayer sucht einen Neuzugang, indem sie deren Genese in ihren wissenschafts- und kulturhistorischen Kontexten erhellt und ihren kollektiven Charakter aufzeigt. Im Gegensatz zu einer Auffassung, die die zentralen Begriffe Freuds als stabile begriffliche Einheiten begreift, wird eine dynamische Perspektive entfaltet, die die Spuren des historischen Prozesses an den Texten selbst aufzeigt.

Une histoire comparée de la psychiatrie. Henri Ellenberger (1905-1993)

07.November 2022

Emmanuel Delille

Sciences sociales
Edition: Éditions Rue d'Ulm
Collection: Sciences sociales
ISBN: 978-2-7288-0749-9

Emmanuel Delille, historien des sciences et de la santé et chercheur associé au Centre Marc Bloch est lauréat 2022 du Prix Paul Vigné d’Octon de l'Académie des sciences morales et politiques pour son ouvrage issu de son HDR "Une histoire comparée de la psychiatrie : Henri Ellenberger (1905 – 1993)", (Éditions Rue d’Ulm).

Le prix Paul Vigné d’Octon d’humanisme sociologique et littéraire est destiné à récompenser un auteur, médecin de préférence, ayant fait la preuve par ses écrits, son comportement professionnel ou sa vie courante d’un dévouement réel et tangible à la cause du progrès dans les rapports entre humains ou groupes d’humains.

Contemporain de l’Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique de Michel Foucault, The Discovery of the UnconsciousThe History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry d’Henri Ellenberger est certainement l’un des livres les plus marquants en histoire de la psychiatrie, un champ de recherche qui a connu un développement formidable dans le monde ces dernières décennies. Mais comment s’insère-t-il dans l’histoire des sciences sociales ? Cet essai sur l’histoire comparée promue par Ellenberger présente plusieurs facettes de ses travaux, en relation avec des médecins et intellectuels significatifs comme Karl Menninger, Georges Devereux, Henri Ey, Georges Canguilhem, Arthur J. Rosenthal et George Mora. Pour la première fois, une analyse fondée sur des documents d’archives introduit Henri Ellenberger comme un élève de l’ethnographe Arnold Van Gennep et un lecteur assidu d’autres comparatistes, démarche qui l’amènera à s’imposer en histoire culturelle.