Composition and governance

Composition of the centre (July 2023)

Direction: Dorothée Dussy (CNRS) and Brigitte Juanals (Aix-Marseille Université)
Administration; Arnaude Cariou (CNRS)

53 researchers
18 CNRS researchers
6 AMU lecturer-researchers
16 Avignon University lecturer-researchers
6 EHESS lecturer-researchers
7 post-docs
1 associated professional

65 PhD candidates
From 3 doctoral schools (EHESS, AU and AMU)

117 engineers
15 CNRS, 1 EHESS, 1 Avignon University


Bodies (2020)

The board has 8 elected members and 7 appointed members.


History of the centre

The Centre Norbert Elias was founded in 1984, under the acronym of CERCOM (CEntre de Recherches en COMmunication), when the EHESS established a base at the Vieille Charité. In 1992, the sociologist Jean-Claude Passeron created the SHADYC (Sociologie, Histoire, Anthropologie des DYnamiques Culturelles), which became the Centre Norbert Elias at the beginning of the mandate of the historian Jean Boutier in 2001.
As a scholarly figure, Norbert Elias embodies the philosophy within which our laboratory structures its thinking and the different themes and objects on which the researchers work.
Since 2014, the Centre Norbert Elias has been a joint research unit (UMR 8562), sponsored by the EHESS, the CNRS, Avignon University and Aix-Marseille University.



  • Agnès Martial, Giorgio Blundo, Axelle Brodiez, Stéphane Durand (2020-2023)
  • Boris Pétric (2015-2020)
  • Jean-Claude Passeron (1987-1996)
  • Jean-Louis Fabiani (1997-2001)
  • Jean Boutier (2001-2011)
  • Suzanne de Cheveigné (2012-2015)
  • Boris Pétric (since 2015)


Previous research structures

SHADYC 1992-2009
Sociologie, histoire, anthropologie des dynamiques culturelles
Direction: Jean Boutier (2001-2009), Jean-Louis Fabiani (1996-2000), Jean-Claude Passeron (1992-1996)

CERCOM 1984-1991
Centre d’Étude et de Recherche sur la Culture, la Communication, les Modes de vie et la Socialisation
Direction: Jean-Claude Passeron

CRESAC 1982-1983
Centre de Recherche en Sociologie de l’Art et de la Culture
Direction: Jean-Claude Passeron