Long-Term Processes in Human History: A Tribute to Johan Goudsblom

Date: 17-19 March 2022

Location: The Trippenhuis, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  

Paper sessions

Parallel sessions with paper presentations take place in three rooms:

Room A is the large Tinbergenzaal, where all the plenary sessions are held as well.

Room B is the Johan Huizingazaal on the first floor.

Room C is the Rembrandtzaal on the first floor.


Friday, 18th March
10.10-11.10 (round 1)

Room A: Ecology and human history(1): long-term processes
– Jan Luiten van Zanden (Utrecht University): Biodiversity since the Birth of Homo Sapiens.
– Peter Westbroek (Leiden University): The New Consilience: The Sciences of Nature and Civilization United.

Room B: Power balances and (in)equality
– Talja Blokland (Humboldt Universität Berlin): Urban Health, Habitus and Trust as Relation: Questioning Urban Public Health Perspectives in Memory of Johan Goudsblom.
– John Connolly (Dublin City University): ‘Pints and Half-pints’: Gender Power Relations and Drinking in Ireland.

Room C: Colonialism and civilizing processes(1)
– Maria Beatriz R. Ferreira (IAPESGW & NGIME-UFJF): Indigenous Peoples’ Games: Quest for a We-I Balance.
– Rob O’Donoghue (Rhodes University): Hand-Print CARE: Clarifying Education for Sustainable Development as Knowledge Mediated Processes of Communicative (Re)orientation in School Curriculum Settings (Zoom presentation).

11.25-12.25 (round 2)

Room A: Theories of social evolution(1)
– Jeroen Bruggeman (University of Amsterdam): A General Theory of Human Cooperation.
– Steije Hofhuis (Utrecht University): Multiple Tempos of Darwinian Evolution.

Room B: Ecology and human history(2): theoretical reflections
– Marina Fischer-Kowalski (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences): On the Mutual Dynamics of Society-Nature Interactions: Regimes of Metabolism and Colonization (Zoom presentation).
– Andre Saramago (University of Coimbra): Global Ecological Crises and the Materialist- Emergentist Conception of Human-Nature Relations: Lessons from Marx, Elias and Goudsblom (Zoom presentation).
– Diogo Silva da Cunha (University of Lisbon): From Long-Term Social Processes to Very Long- Term Socio-Ecological Processes: On Johan Goudsblom’s Eliasian approach to the So-called Non- Human Nature (Zoom presentation).

Room C: State violence and (de)civilising processes(1)
– Lucy Brown (Charles University): Violence and the Civilizing Process: Witch Hunting across the Early Modern Period.
– Steven Loyal (University College Dublin): State Power and Deportation: A Longer View.

14:20-15:20 (round 3)


Room A: Theories of social evolution(2)
– Loet Leydesdorff (University of Amsterdam): Historical Trajectories, Phenotypical Variation, and Evolving Regimes: “What is Evolving?”.
– David Sierra (Grenoble Alpes University): Thoughts on the Scope of Natural History Concepts for Examining Cultural History.
– Wiebren Boonstra (Uppsala University): Sociologist of Scale (Zoom presentation).

Room B: State violence and (de)civilising processes(2)
– Stephen Vertigans (Robert Gordon University) and Paddy Dolan (Technological University Dublin): Forced to Live: a Longer Term Perspective on De-civilising State Controlled Forced Feeding of Political Prisoners.
– Raúl Sánchez García (Universidad Politéchnica de Madrid): Decivilising Offensives: Lessons from the Japanese Civilising Process (Zoom presentation).

Room C: Ecology and human history(3): coping with environmental problems
– Debbie Kasper (Hiram College): Nothing To Do But Wail? Exploring the Value of Sociological Insights for Understanding and Addressing Social Problems (Zoom presentation).
– Marta Gospodarczyk (University of Warsaw): The Trauma of Drought and Limits of the Civilizing Process.
– Alexander Mack: Understanding Air Pollution as an Unintended Consequence of the Mastery of Fire (Zoom presentation).

15.35-16.35 (round 4)


Room A: Reception and interpretation of Norbert Elias
– Nathalie Heinich (CNRS-EHESS): How and Why Continuing Goudsblom’s Action as a Promoter of Elias’s Thought.
– Robert van Krieken (University of Sydney, University College Dublin & University of Tasmania): The Long-term Development of Human Emotional Life: on Norbert Elias, Freud and Post-Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory.
– Christoph Egen (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover), Adrian Jitschin (Fernuniversität in Hagen) and Hans-Peter Waldhoff (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen): The Quest for Humanising Social Canons.

Room B: Ecology and human history(4): climate change
– Bernd Sommer (Europa-Universität Flensburg): Climate Change and Civilization: Five Theses.
– Haimo Schulz Meinen (University of Hannover): The Fourth Regime in Action: Arguing for a Climate Change Withdrawal Plan.

– Wieger Fransen (University of Amsterdam): Can Sociological Knowledge improve Climate Projections?

Room C: Colonialism and civilising processes(2)
– Steven Carlton-Ford (University of Cincinnati): The Long Reach of History: The African Slave Trade, Colonization, and Current Human Rights (Zoom presentation).
– Gláucio Campos Gomes de Matos (Universidade Federal do Amazonas): The Western Civilizing Process in the Brazilian Amazon (Zoom presentation).

Saturday, 19th March
10.10-11.10 (round 1)

Room A: Changing gender relations
– Stefanie Ernst (University of Münster): Equality and Diversity Policies between Mutual Identification and Backlashes? Long-term Processes of Civilizing Power Relations.
– Marta Bucholc (University of Warsaw): Semantic Indeterminacy of Women’s Rights and the Emergence of the Global Legal Governance of Abortion.
– Pawel Baginski (University of Warsaw): Long-term Processes in a Short Period of Time? The Case of Relations between Men and Women during the Postsocialist Transformation in Poland.

Room B: Elias in Ghana: on long-term developments in non-European societies
– Behrouz Alikhani: The Connection between Sociology and Anthropology (Zoom presentation).
– Adrian Jitschin (Fernuniversität in Hagen): Elias’s Priests and Knowledge.
– Arjan Post: Keeping up with Goudsblom: Connecting Simple and Complex Societies with Norbert Elias’s Very Long-Term Perspective.
– Dieter Reicher (University of Graz): Village-State Societies as Survival Units. A Missing Piece in Understanding Very Long-Term Processes (Zoom presentation).

11.25-12.25 (round 2)

Room A: Long-term developments in knowledge and science
– Johan Heilbron (Uppsala University): The Social and Human Sciences in a Long-term Perspective. Preliminary Considerations.
– Daniel Klenbort (Morehouse College): How Strange We Humans Are.
– Jiří Šubrt (Charles University): The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be: How the Idea of the Future Has Changed in the Long-Term Process of the Development of Human Knowledge (Zoom presentation).

Room B: Games and leisure
– Maarten van Bottenburg (Utrecht University): The Relative Autonomy of Game-contests: Long- term Processes of Sportisation and De-sportisation in Human History.
– Irem Özgören Kinli (Izmir Katip Celebi University): Reconciliation of Spontaneity and Selfconsciousness: Minecraft Games.
– Jaap Timmer (Free University Amsterdam): Chrome and Charisma. A Sociological Essay on the Car.

14:20-15:20 (round 3)

Room A: Knowledge, science, and social inequality
– Emilia Sieczka (Polish Academy of Sciences): Established-Outsider Dynamic in the Expanding Polish Intelligentsia from the 18th to 21st century.
– Valerie Dahl (University of Münster): Drag-Effects in Academia? Knowledge Work(ers) between Precarious Employment and Scholarly Culture.

Room B: Changes in habitus and world view
– Miklós Hadas (Corvinus University of Budapest): The Emergence of the Expansive Habitus.
– Esther Quaedackers (University of Amsterdam): Civilization and Harmonization.
– Oussama Cherribi (Emory University): Contexts of ‘Radicalization’: Belgium and The Netherlands Compared.