Working With and Within Bourdieu’s Cultural Space

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Date(s) - 30/10/2013
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Monash University, Caulfield Campus

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Date: Wednesday, 30 October 
Time: 3.00-4.30pm 
Location: Building S, Room 2.32, Caulfield campus

RSVP: Contact: Shane Homan ( Phone: 03 9903-2309)


Professor Michael Grenfell

Trinity College, University of Dublin

This talk focuses on cultural space as conceptualised by the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu. It begins by outlining Bourdieu’s own background as an explanation for the derivation of concepts and world view he promoted. Such concepts as field, habitus and capital will be considered as analytical instruments to understand both production and consumption within the cultural field. This discussion will feature examples from Bourdieu’s own work and studies undertaken by the speaker in the fields of fine art and music. Key common features of site contexts will be contrasted and compared up to and including what such an analysis shows us. Practicalities and responsibilities will be considered in approaching the cultural field in this way.

Michael Grenfell is Professor of Education at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. His background is in French Studies and he has a long research association with the areas of education, language teaching and sociology, especially in the application of the approach of the French social philosopher Pierre Bourdieu to a range of research topics. He knew and collaborated with Bourdieu for over twenty years and was three times ‘visiting scholar’ at the École des Haute Études in Paris. In addition to a number of articles on Bourdieu, he is author of Bourdieu and Education: Acts of Practical Theory (1998), Bourdieu: Agent Provocateur (2004),Bourdieu, Education and Training (2007), Arts Rules: Bourdieu and the Visual Arts (2007), Bourdieu, Language and Linguistics (2007), and Bourdieu: Key Concepts(2012). He is currently working on a book on Bourdieu and Data Analysis.

No RSVP necessary. All welcome.