Author of the seminal The Global Age: State and Society beyond Modernity (Stanford 1997), he began his career assisting Norbert Elias in the University of
Leicester (UK), becoming President of the British Sociological Association in the
1980s, founder editor of International Sociology, Emeritus Professor of the University of Wales and currently senior visiting fellow
at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics.
German diplomat, class of Ambassador, with professional experience in both international
diplomacy and business including IBM and Siemens. US-educated economist and historian,
he has served over three decades in diplomatic posts on four continents and with the
U.N. His posts include rounds as chief political officer in Washington D.C., special
envoy for Afghanistan reconstruction, deputy national security adviser to the German
chancellor, and minister plenipotentiary in Paris.
Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. An ethnographer of industrial work in Zambia,
U.S., Hungary, and Russia, casting light on the nature of postcolonialism, the organization
of consent to advanced capitalism, class-consciousness in state socialism, and the
transition from socialism to capitalism. Most recently, he has turned to the study
of his own workplace—the university—to consider how sociology is produced and disseminated
to diverse publics. As President of the American Sociological Association in 2004,
he tried to promote public sociology.
University Professor of Social Sciences at NYU and President of the Social Science
Research Council. He received his doctorate from Oxford University and has taught
for 19 years at the University of North Carolina, where he directed the University
Center for International Studies. He has also been a professor at Columbia University
and visiting professor in Asmara, Beijing, Khartoum, Oslo, and Paris. His most recent
book is Nations Matter: Culture, History, and the Cosmopolitan Dream (Routledge 2007).
S. N. Eisenstadt
Born in Warsaw in 1923. Ph. D. Jerusalem 1947. Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University
of Jerusalem. Senior Research Fellow at the Jerusalem Van Leer Institute. Member of
many academies and recipient of honorary doctoral degrees. Areas of interest: Comparative
research of modernities and civilizations; the historical experience of Japan from
a comparative perspective; patterns of civil society and democracy in different societies
and cultures; changing movements and heterodoxy in civilizatory dynamics; sociological
and macro-sociological theory.
Professor of Sociology and Dean of Undergraduate Education at Seoul National University.
After receiving his B.A. and M.A. from SNU and his Ph.D. from Harvard University,
he taught in the U.S. and Korea, was a consultant to the World Bank and served as
president of the Korean Sociological Association and the Korean Association for NGO
Studies, of which he is the co-founder. His publications include more than 30 books
and over 150 scholarly articles on dependency, development, democracy, and civil society
in East Asia and Latin America.
Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Duke University (Ph.D. Harvard). Having taught
at Harvard, Princeton, Laval (Quebec), Institut de Sciences Politiques (Paris), and
the Free University of Berlin, he has served as Associate Editor of International Sociology, president of the Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française,
and the American Society for the Study of Religion. His major fields are in comparative
aspects of development, sociology of religion, sociological theory, and sociology
of nationalism. 250 scholarly publications.
Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Erlangen. After receiving his
doctorate from the University of Munich, he became Director of the “Landesinstitut
für Sozialforschung Dortmund” and then Professor of Social Sciences at the University
of Bielefeld. Contributing for over three decades to Sociological Theory, Organizational
and Industrial Sociology, Globalization, and Culture of Automobilism, his professional
activities include co-editor of Zeitschrift für Soziologie,International Sociology, and Soziologische Revue.
University Professor at Uppsala University and Principal of the Swedish Collegium
for Advanced Study. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the
Academia Europaea, and was elected President of the International Institute of Sociology
in 2005. His publications include: Axial Civilizations and World History (with S.N. Eisenstadt and Johan P. Arnason, 2005), and Frontiers of Sociology(with Peter Hedström, 2009).