[csaa-forum] Monash Lecture: Working with and within Bourdieu's cultural space

Shane Homan shane.homan at monash.edu
Fri Oct 11 15:50:08 CST 2013


Professor Michael Grenfell
Trinity College, University of Dublin*

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

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.

This public lecture is hosted jointly by the Research Unit in Media
Studies, School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies, and
School of Political and Social Inquiry. No RSVP necessary. All welcome.

Contact: Shane Homan (Shane.Homan at monash.edu Phone: 03 9903-2309.
Associate Professor Shane Homan
Head, Communications and Media Studies, ECPS
Co-Director, Research Unit in Media Studies
Monash University
Room: T2.22, Caulfield
Ph: 03 99032309

Deputy Director, Master of Cultural Economy:
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