About the Foundation

Norbert Elias Foundation

The Norbert Elias Foundation was established in 1983 on the initiative of Norbert Elias himself, its aim being to stimulate research in the social sciences, especially in light of his own broad vision for them. When Elias died on 1 August 1990, the Foundation was his sole legatee, thereby inheriting the copyrights on his published works and unpublished manuscripts. 

The present members of the Board of the Foundation are Johan Goudsblom, Hermann Korte and Stephen Mennell.

The Collected Works of Norbert Elias in English have been published on behalf of the Foundation by UCD Press; the first volumes appeared in 2006 and the project was completed with the publication of the eighteenth volume in 2014.

All titles can be bought direct from the Press, via the UCD Press website, at a 10 per cent discount on the published price.

Suhrkamp Verlag completed the publication of the German equivalent, the Gesammelte Schriften, in 2010. Many of Elias's books and essays have also been translated into numerous languages throughout the world.

The Foundation supports and promotes the now-worldwide interdisciplinary Figurational Research Network, publishes the twice yearly research newsletter Figurations, organises conferences, awards stipends for research on Elias's papers in the Deutsches Literaturarchiv (DLA) in Marbach am Neckar.

Since 2012 the Foundation has also sponsored the new online journal Human Figurations, devoted to the study of 'long-term perspectives on the human condition'. The journal is edited by Dr Katie Liston (University of Ulster) and published by MPublishing, the publishing arm of the University of Michigan. For further details, and to submit articles, click here.

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