|14 Mar 2008 - 15 Mar 2008||9:15am||St Catharines College, The Ramsden Room|
Convener: Dr Matei Candea (Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge)
Tarde/Durkheim: Trajectories of the social aimed to bring together major actors in the recent rediscovery of Tarde with participants from a range of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, STS and philosophy who acknowledge a continuing or productively re-imagined debt to Durkheim. Participants investigated the way these rival 19th century projects for the social sciences were formed and what remained of the ways each thinker proposed to define 'the social' and partition it across one or many 'disciplines'. They asked what light this century-old debate between the two sociologists might have shed on the very different (and yet sometimes uncannily parallel) concerns facing the arts, humanities and social sciences, at the beginning of the 21st century, such as inter-disciplinarity, the 'ontological turn', empiricism, affect and scale.
The conference explored the following questions among others:
- How much of Tarde's sociology can be reclaimed for present use, and in what form?
- What remains of the Durkheimian legacy, and what elements of his thought have not been deployed?
- What light can Tarde and Durkheim's divergent definitions of 'sociology' throw on
– the promises and dangers of (inter)disciplinarity?
– the use of 'domains' and the treatment of scale in social science?
- What can Tarde and Durkheim respectively tell us about the place of affect in the social?
- How should sociology and anthropology interface with philosophy and with metaphysics?
- What would a Tardean ethnography look like?
- How might we rethink empiricism, explanation and method, beyond self-running social theories?
As part of the conference, you were invited to… 'The Debate' … a re-enactment of a debate held in 1903 between
Corpus Christi College, McCrum Lecture Theatre
Do you recall the discussion between Durkheim and my father, at the Ecole des Hautes
Guillaume De Tarde
A momentous debate concerning the nature of sociology and its relation to other sciences took place between Gabriel Tarde and Emile Durkheim at the Ecole des