Selected Presentations & Workshops

April 21, 2020 – invited talk Northwestern University in Qatar

February 23, 2020 – invited chair of panel “Creating Policy for Change: Commissioning and supporting art in the public realm,” at Outside the Box – Public Art in Qatar, Public Art Forum, commissioned by the British Council in Partnership with Qatar Museums and Qatar Foundation.

May 9, 2019 – in conversation with Xiaoming Zhang, Global Art Market Expert, Speaker Series, MSLCE Program, Northwestern University

August 10 – keynote Junior Theorist Symposium, American Sociological Association, Philadelphia

June 20 – keynote for “Analysing Transnationalism from a Field Perspective,” Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne

April 12 – invited talk “Valuation in a Global Status Market,” Department of Sociology, Northwestern University

Nov. 15 – invited presentation for panel on “Globalizing Ethnography: Comparison in the Sociological Imagination,” Northwestern University

August 13 – invited presentation, “The Globalization of Contemporary Art: A Field Perspective?” Panel on the Globalization of Contemporary Art, organizer: Adrian Favell, Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montréal

August 8 – presentation, “Causal Explanation and Global Sociology,” Beyond Positivism Conference, Montréal

June 29 – presentation, “What is Critical Realism?” Department of Cultural Sciences, Leuphana University

January 25 – invited Webinar, “Transnational Theorizing and Critical Realism.”


Nov. 28 – invited presentation, “What is a Global Field?” Department of Sociology, Yale University

June 28 – invited talk, “What is a Global Field?” ISA Sociological Theory Conference, Selwyn College, Cambridge UK

June 3 – invited talk, “Valuation in a Global Cultural Market: The Case of Chinese Contemporary Art,” Leuphana University, Germany

May 10 – “Schumpeter’s ‘Creative Destruction’ and its Contemporary Appropriations  among Economists,” Department of Sociology, Harvard University

April 15 – invited presentation “‘Crisis’ Through the Prism of Field Analysis. From the National to the Global?,” Kandersteg Seminar “Economies of Crisis,” New York University

April 9 – invited talk “Geographies of Valuation: Gabriel Orozco and the Invention of the Global Artist,” conference “Inventing the New” at Northwestern University

February 26 – invited talk, conference on Transcultural Exchange, Boston University


December 2 – invited presentation, “Creating the Global: Lessons from the Art, Literary, and Museum Worlds,” convened by Peggy Levitt, Transnational Study Initiative, Harvard University

November 23 – talk, “The Construction of Value in a Global Cultural Market: The Case of Chinese Contemporary Art,” Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University

November 20 – invited talk, “The Rise of China in the Global Art Market,” Department of Sociology, Harvard University

October 12 – invited talk “The Rise of China in the Global Art Market,” Department of Sociology, Berkeley.

August 25 – talk “What is a Global Field? Rethinking Field Theory Beyond the Nation-State,” panel “Theorizing the Transnational and Global,” ASA Meeting in Chicago

     July 17 – invited presentation, “Art in the Center of the Periphery,” Leuphana University, Germany

May 28-29 – invited talk/graduate seminar on book in progress, HBK, Braunschweig, Germany

April 24 – invited presentation for “Crossing Boundaries: Personal Lives and Global Histories”, convened by Jeremy Adelman and Annie Cohen-Solal, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences,  Stanford University

January 22 – “The Rise of China in the Global Art Market,” invited talk, Sociology Colloquium, Department of Sociology, Brandeis University


November 5 – “The Global Rules of Art,” invited talk, Sociology Colloquium, Department of Sociology, Yale University


November 25 – “Art vs. Money? Career Trajectories in the Emerging Global Art Field,” Cultural and Social Analysis Workshop, Harvard University

November 12 – “The Global Rules of Art: Analogical Theorizing for Transnational Analysis,” Department of Sociology, Harvard University

April 5 – invited moderator and discussant at 2013 Qualitative Social Science @ Harvard Conference: Directions in Knowledge Making from the Harvard Faculty, session on “Various Kinds of Expertise“ and “What have we learned?,“April 5

February 19 – “The Global Rules of Art,“ Society of Fellows, Harvard University


August 19 – “Global Symbolic and Economic Capital: The Structure of a Global Cultural Field,” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, regular session Sociology of Culture 2, Denver


November 25 – “The Relationship of Symbolic and Economic Value in the Global Art Field: Challenging the Convergence Thesis,” invited talk, international workshop “Passion Investments in Art Markets,” (with Olav Velthuis, University of Amsterdam and Massimiliano Nuccio, Bocconi University, Milano), Leuphana University, Germany

October 8 – “Forms of Capital in a Cultural Global Field,” invited talk at international workshop “Global Structural Analysis: Global Space vs. Global Fields,” University of Freiburg in collaboration with the University of Duisburg-Essen and Centre Marc Bloch, Freiburg, Germany


June 29 – “World Cultural Norms and the Transformation of Sovereignty,” 38th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, session “Transnational Culture, Local Culture: Interaction, Adaptation, Resistance,” convened by John Boli, Budapest

February 22 – “World Society, Cosmopolitanism and the Transformation of the Nation-State,” Section on Borders, Nations and a Globalized World, (with Daniel Levy), 78th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. New York City


July 1-6  – “L’Analyse Géometrique des Données,” [Geometric Data Analysis], workshop, Centre de Sociologie Européene, Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France,


September 29 – “Field Theory and the Globalization of Art: Rethinking ‘Interdependency,’” Practicing Bourdieu, In the Field & Across the Disciplines, An International and Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

June 9 – “Unruly Networks and the Process of ‘Creative Construction,” invited talk, Institute of Cultural Theory / Institute for Philosophy and Theory of Science, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, in German

April 29 – “The Global Rules of Art,” World Art − Art World: Changing Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Art, Graduate Conference, Museum of Modern Art, New York

February – “Cultural Globalization and Symbolic Capital,” Section on Globalization and Culture, 76th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA


March 10-12 – “L’Inconscient Académique,” [The Academic Unconscious] Château de Coppet et Université de Genève, workshop organized by ESSE [For a European Research Space in the Social Sciences], Geneva, Switzerland,


November 13 – “Visual Statistics in the Vienna Method − the Pictorial Turn in Logical Positivism,” symposium (The Vienna Circle and the Cologne Progressives), Representation House of Lower Saxony, Berlin, Germany

February 14 – “Symbolic vs. Real,” workshop, University of London, Goldsmiths College, London, England


January 11 – “Art, Greenhouse Effect, Sustainable Development: the Project ‘Greenhouse’,” (with Ulf Wuggenig), symposium “Art – Culture – Sustainability”, organized by the German Society for Cultural Policies, Academy of Arts, Berlin