The Centre Norbert Elias gathers researchers from different disciplines, all of whom are convinced that the humanities and social sciences form a whole. The laboratory is located on the EHESS Marseille campus at the Vieille Charité and on the Hannah Arendt campus at Avignon University. It brings together 40 researchers, more than 80 PhD students and a 10-person-strong support team working on the analysis and description of social worlds.
Hailing from different intellectual trajectories, the researchers’ interests span multiple sociological and historical theories and references. They share a conception of the social sciences in which inquiry, both in the archives and the field, is an essential characteristic. Intertwined with this is a unwavering attention to forms of description.
Over the next four years (2019-2022), research will focus on the following four themes: 1) places of politics, 2) kinship and family, 3) ecologies and care, and 4) forms and processes of culture.

Featured projects

Containment and health measures to limit the transmission of Covid 19 (2020-2022)

General coordination: Marc Egrot (LPED/IRD)
Coordination for the Centre Norbert Elias: Sandrine Musso (CNE/AMU)
Funding: ANR, REACTing

Knowledge network on mining encounters and indigenous sustainable livelihoods (2017-2023)

General coordination: Thierry Rodon (Université de Laval)
Coordination for the Centre Norbert Elias: Christine Demmer (CNE/CNRS)
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Community-Based Participatory Environmental Health survey in the Gulf of Fos, France (2018-2020)

General coordination: Barbara Allen (Virginia Tech University)
Coordination for the Centre Norbert Elias: Valeria Siniscalchi (Centre Norbert Elias/EHESS)


antiDATA, la désobéissance numérique. Art et hacktivisme technocritique – Jean-Paul Fourmentraux

Les presses du réel, 2020.

Food values in Europe – Valeria Siniscalchi and Krista Harper (eds.)

Bloomsbury, 2019

The Value of Disorder. Autonomy, Prosperity, and Plunder in the Chadian Sahara – Julien Brachet and Judith Scheele

Cambridge University Press, May 2019.

At the edge of kinship. Margins in contempory kinship studies – Anaïs Martin, Manon Vialle, et al (dir.)

Émulations. Revue de sciences humaines, n°32, April 2020.

Modernización y corrupción política en la Europa contemporánea – Frédéric Monier & Gemma Rubi (dir.)

Revista Ayer, 2019, n°115.

Latest thesis

Clément Tarantini - The risk of infection in light of actor practices. An anthropology « from below » of infectious risk management in hospital.

Graduate school: EHESS
Discipline: Anthropology
Supervisors: Yannick Jaffré et Patrick Peretti-Watel

At once theatre and music : song, an art of embodiment – Olivier Hussenet

Graduate school: EHESS
Discipline: Anthropology
Supervisor: Jacques Cheyronnaud


Contemporary art and new digital labs – Quentin Destieu

Graduate school: Aix-Marseille University
Discipline: Theory of art
Supervisors: Jean-Paul Fourmentraux and Emmanuel Guez

Raw food carriers reveal individuals’ regime of autonomy – Solenn Thircuir

Graduate school: EHESS
Discipline: Sociology
Supervisor: Emmanuel Pedler