Bourdieu Hui

Date / Time: 15 November 2011

WMIER recently sponsored the Bourdieu Hui organised by Dr lisahunter. Held at the University's Faculty of Education it was attended by people from Griffith University, Massey University, The University of Auckland, Bethlehem College, Waikato Institute of Technology and fellow staff at the University of Waikato.

The Bourdieu Hui was based on a commitment to bring together early career and established academics to share and develop their work and understandings relating to Pierre Bourdieu's conceptual tools. While some focused upon the theorist's concepts others demonstrated how they used such tools to facilitate methodology and/or understand or facilitate practice. Importantly it was not just about using his tools but also critiquing, reworking and rejecting such tools in a dialogue Pierre Bourdieu himself encouraged. His theoretical work was measured by how well it explained practice or helped understand or drive practice. The theory-practice divide was one of many binaries he tried to trouble.

While Pierre Bourdieu did not claim he had created a theory many would argue that his conceptual tools constitute a particular theoretical framework. This framework includes concepts such as field, habitus, capitals, social space, doxa, misrecognition, symbolic violence, and reflexivity that work in conjunction with each other. Although some academics focus on only one or two concepts Pierre Bourdieu argued for the dialogue between concepts, macro and micro social spaces and many of the oversimplifications encouraged by western research in his time.

Future outcomes stimulated by the hui include an education based journal special issue, a physical culture edited book and a follow up hui in 2012.

If you would like to be kept informed about the 2012 hui or other WMIER events please contact Sarah McAnallen.