As part of the Maupertuis program and cooperation between the French Institute of Finland, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letter, Prof. Laurent Thévenot, French sociologist and economist, Director of Studies at EHESS, will be present on May 31 and June 1, 2018 in Tampere.

On this occasion, he will take part in the symposium “Culture in Political Context – Theorising Commitments in Contemporary Societies” organized by the University of Tampere (program below).



Culture in Political Context

Theorizing Engagements in Contemporary Societies

31 May – 1 June, 2018

Venue: University of Tampere, Main building, address: Kalevantie 4


Thursday 31 May

Place: lecture room A3, 2nd floor

10.15 – 10.30 Welcome: (Eeva Luhtakallio) Veikko Eranti & Lotta Junnilainen / EJCPS & NSR and Mathieu Leporini / Institut Français

10.30 – 10.45 Introduction: Risto Alapuro

10.45-12.00 Thematic issue session 1: Participative dispositions and urban planning

Anders Blok: Methods of engagement: On civic participation formats as composition devices in urban planning

Veikko Eranti: Engagements, grammars, and the public: From the liberal grammar to individual interests

Jarkko Salminen: The spatial logics of justification – The case of a dispute over a car-free street in Tampere, Finland

Comments: Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen & Laurent Thévenot

12.00 – 12.45 Lunch

12.45 – 14.00 Thematic issue session 2: Lay expertise – forms of knowledge and evaluation

Itamar Shachar (& Lesley Hustinx: A New Spirit Across Sectors: Constructing a Common Justification for Corporate Volunteering

Taina Meriluoto: Neutral Experts or Passionate Participants? – Renegotiating Expertise and the Right to Act in Finnish Participatory Social Policy

Qamar Ali: How complex domination enables selection: Academic hiring conventions in a Pakistani university

Comments: Ville-Pekka Sorsa & Laurent Thévenot

14.00 – 15.00 Thematic issue session 3: Politics of rights

Ivana Raposova: Juggling grammars, translating common-place: Justifying an anti-liberal referendum to a liberal public

Victor Albert: Justification Work: the Homeless Workers’ Movement and the pragmatic sociology of dissent in Brazil’s crisis

Comments:  Tuomas Ylä-Anttila & Laurent Thévenot

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee (Portrait foyer, 2nd floor)

15.30 – 16.15 Keynote

Laurent Thévenot, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (France): Pluralism and the Digitalisation of Differences

16.15 – 16.45 Discussion

16.45 Bubbles: Celebration of the special issue publication (hall area outside the lecture room)


Friday 1 June

Place: lecture room A3, 2nd floor

09.30 – 10.15 Keynote

Paul Lichterman, University of Southern California (USA): What makes social movements strategic?

10.15 – 10.30 Discussion

10.30 – 11.45 Paper workshop: New frontiers

Markku Lonkila, University of Jyväskylä: Networks of personal moral culture in Finland and Russia

Tapio Litmanen, University of Jyväskylä: Environmental Conflict over Peat Production: Interests and Justification Disputes over the use and extraction of peat in Finland

Tuomas Ylä-Anttila, Anna Kukkonen & Antti Gronow, University of Helsinki: TBA

Eeva Luhtakallio, University of Tampere: Patterns of engagement:

Identities and social movement organizations Comments by: Laurent Thévenot

11.45 – 12.30 Lunch

12.30 – 13.15 Keynote

Nina Eliasoph, University of Southern California (USA): Is comparative ethnography possible?

13.15 – 14.00 Keynote

Paul Blokker, Charles University (Czech Republic): European Transnational Movements: Putting the EU to the Test

14.00 – 15.00 Concluding discussion