Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil: “As Formas Elementares: Cem Anos de um Clássico”

From 15-18 October we are going to host an international conference to celebrate the centenary of Les Formes Élémentaires de la Vie Religieuse at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul,  in the City of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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 Right below you can find the definitive program.

Les Formes Elementaires: 100 Years of a Classic

Porto Alegre – Brazil


15 October

18:00-20:00– Opening Section

–   Speech from local authorities

–   Opening Conference – “A Hundred Years After”

William Watts Miller

–   Cocktail and book lauching: “A Durkheimian Quest: Solidarity and the Sacred”, from W. Watts Miller (Berghahn Books: New York and Oxford, 2012)


16 October

15:00 – 17:00- Les Formes Elementaires: Sacred and Morality in Contemporary World

Massimo Rosati [Universitá di Roma – Tor Vergata]

Raquel Weiss [UFRGS – Brasil] 

18:00-20:00 – The Meaning of Les Formes Elementaires to the Social Sciences

Paula Montero [USP]

Matthieu Béra [Université de Bordeaux]

17 de Outubro

15:00 – 17:00: Les Formes Elementaires and the Question of Knowledge

Márcio de Oliveira – [UFPR]

Susan Stedman Jones [British Centre for Durkheimian Studies]

18:00-19:30 Special Section in Honour of  W. Pickering

Nick Allen [Oxford University]

 “Les Formes Elementaires and the Work of W. Pickering”

18 de Outubro

10:00-12:00 – Internal meeting

Meeting with guests professors and professors from the university to discuss institutional partnerships. Presentation of the newly created “Brazilian Centre for Durkheimian Studies”

14:30-17:00 –  Historical Perspectives on Les Formes Elementaires

Rafael Faraco Benthien [USP]

François Pizarro Nöél [Université du Québec à Montreal]

José Benevides Queiroz [UFMA] 

18:30 -19:30 –Keynote Speech

Prof. Edward Tiryakian[Duke University]

“Past, Present and Future of Les Formes Elementaires”


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