Affiliated Centers

The Yale Center for Cultural Sociology recognizes several international affiliates. These are programs characterized by a commitment to the style of theoretical and cultural inquiry that we have developed here. Over the years we have developed strong bonds with these research centers including:

  • Joint theoretical and empirical research agendas
  • Collaboration on publications at all levels, from articles to books
  • Sabbatical exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers
  • Regular participation in workshops and conferences
  • Formal and informal movement and mentoring of students

Yale-Fudan Center for Research in Cultural Sociology

The mission of the Center shall be to develop the field of cultural sociology in the Chinese social sciences and to provide opportunities for scholars in the American academy to better understand cultural analyses of Chinese society originating from the Chinese academy.

These programs and activities may include:

  • Conducting collaborative research
  • Holding joint lectures and symposia
  • Exchanging academic information and materials
  • Visits of faculty, students, researchers and administrative staff to the other Party’s facilities for collaborative activities

The initial Program Directors will be  Professors Jeffrey Alexander and Philip Smith at Yale University and Professors Zhou Yi and Anning Hu at Fudan University.


Moscow Centre for Cultural Sociology

The HSE Moscow Centre for Cultural Sociology carries out theoretical and empirical investigations of culture and its paramount role within contemporary societies. MCCS’s primary focus includes social inequalities and the various ways in which culture informs individuals’ identities, perceptions, rationales, actions, preferences, aspirations and decision-making patterns. This involves particular attention paid to such issues as the emotional dimension of culture, metaphors, narratives, temporality and their role in social life. This leads us towards looking into such seemingly unrelated, but in fact eminently strategic, issues as the sacred, mystery, religion, the body, medicalization and sport, among others. These and others empirical inquiries are heavily driven by theoretical concerns present in the most vibrant contemporary debates, such as those around culture and cognition, structured versus fragmented character of culture, prospects of formal methods of cultural analysis, and others. By combining theoretical and empirical studies, and qualitative and quantitative methods, MCCS seeks to advance intra- and inter-disciplinary dialogue, while providing an ecosystem for the development of state-of-the-art cultural sociology and inequality studies. CCS faculty fellow Dmitry Kurakin is the head of the Centre. 

CCS North: Cultural Sociology Discussion Group

Cultural sociology in Scandinavia has thrived in last years, with many active scholars meeting directly or indirectly through the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. We are now an organic group with face-to-face meetings a few times a year and a weekly seminar on Slack, where we exchange texts and ideas and give each other cultural sociological inspiration. The group includes sociologists as well as researchers from pedagogy, political science, religious studies, and communications backgrounds; we share an interest in a perspective that treats culture as an independent variable and a focus on empirical material from diverse national contexts in comparative perspective. We call ourselves CCS North in reference both to our connection to the CCS at Yale and our northern European base. For more information, contact CCS Fellows Alison Gerber (alison.gerber(*) or Anna Lund (

Bar Ilan Center for Cultural Sociology

The Center for Cultural Sociology at Bar Ilan University, Israel, is dedicated to integrating cultural theory with grounded empirical research. Because cultural phenomena cannot be divorced from the patterning of social organization, our goal is to develop concepts and frameworks that illuminate how institutional practices on the meso level interact with individual and collective experience on the micro and macro levels. The Bar Ilan center is a leading hub in cultural sociology within Israeli academic landscape. It is administered jointly by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Interdisciplinary Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies and co-directed by CCS fellows Danny Kaplan and Ilana F. Silber as well as Ori Schwarz and Hizky Shoham. Our researchers study a range of topics, among them: social and cultural theory, civil society, national solidarity and politics of friendship, media and consumption studies, digital culture, sociology of taste, judgment and evaluation, gift and philanthropy, sociology of emotions and the therapeutic discourse, religion and performance studies, organizational and market cultures.

The Center for Cultural Sociology at Masaryk University

CCS Fellow Radim Marada Director of the Center.

Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology

The Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology at La Trobe University is located in the Sociology Program, Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus in the School of Social Sciences. The primary purposes of the Centre are to develop further the network of local and global contacts already established by the journal, and to seek to secure research funding to generate further innovations in critical theory while bridging the careers of graduates in transition. CCS Fellow Peter Beilharz is Director of the Centre. The social theory journal Thesis Eleven has been in publication since 1980.

The Center for Cultural Sociology at Linnaeus University

The Center for Cultural Sociology is housed in the Department of Cultural Sciences, at the faculty of Arts and Humanities at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden. Researchers affiliated with the Center work especially on issues around childhood and youth, schooling, migration and integration, and the arts and popular culture. The Center hosts regular research seminars and offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Contact CCS Fellows Mats Trondman and Anna Lund for information on the Center’s activities or to plan a visit.

The Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy

The future of democracy is inseparable from the capacities of media – at all scales from the local to the global. Both the sustainability and the expansion of democracy depend on what media institutions do and what spaces media make possible. The complexity of these processes requires interdisciplinary research across politics, sociology and media. The Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy was set up in September 2007 to address these connections. CCS Fellow Kate Nash is Co-Director of the Centre.

Research Program on Identity Cultures

This research area examines how three significant referents of integration are culturally constructed: collective identity and the boundaries between communities; individual subjectivity and identity; and objects and artifacts in social relations. CCS Fellow Bernhard Giesen Director of the Center.