Yves Winkin Profile

ProfilesYves Winkin was Director of Scientific and Technical Culture at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers [National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts] in Paris, and of the Musée des Arts et Métiers [Museum of Arts and Crafts], part of CNAM, from 2015 to 2019.

Yves Winkin

He is a member of the Kuratorium of the Deutsches Museum and a curatorial advisor to several museums in Europe. He is commissioning editor for the French publishing house Editions des Archives Contemporaines. In 2013, he served as liaison between the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL) and the new Musée des Confluences of Lyon, in charge of interdisciplinary projects. Across 2011 and 2012, he was Director of the Institut Français de l’Éducation [French Institute of Education], a national agency embedded in the ENSL. From 2006 to 2010, he was Deputy Director for Research and International Relations of ENSL; previously he was Professor of Anthropology and Communication at ENSL.

Winkin established the contours in France of an anthropological approach to face-to-face communication; the discipline he helped to define is the anthropology of communication. He offered an appropriate theoretical framework; he made explicit the ethnographic methodology, and suggested areas of investigation. His own research focuses on interactions in urban settings, especially interactions between pedestrians and other urban dwellers.

While mostly based in either France or Belgium, he has substantial international experience, including being a “Fulbright Scholar in Residence” at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, in the fall of 1983; the University of Quebec in Montreal, in January 1984; invited to serve as associate director of studies by Pierre Bourdieu at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in April 1984, October 1986, May 1992 and October 1998; a stint as Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the spring of 1987; with additional stops at: Massey University in New Zealand in the summer of 1989; the University of Geneva, from 1992 to 2006 (as a substitute professor); the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in April-May 1995; a return to the University of Pennsylvania, where he had earned his MA, 1997-98; a return to Brazil in August-September 1998, this time at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil; and El Colegio de Michoacán in Samora, Mexico, in March 2006. Through international agreements between universities, he has presented courses at Université de la Réunion on Reunion Island, the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and East China Normal University in Shanghai. During fall 2012, he was Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication at Villanova University, in Philadelphia, PA; and  in spring 2013, he served as Visiting Professor of Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Authored Books

D’Erving à Goffman: Une oeuvre performée? Paris, France: Editions MkF, 2023.

Réinventer les musées ? Paris, France: Editions MkF, 2020.

Erving Goffman. A Critical Introduction to Media and Communication Theory (with W. Leeds-Hurwitz). New York: Peter Lang, 2013.

Vers une marche plaisir en ville: boîte à outils pour augmenter le bonheur de marcher (with S. Lavadinho). Lyon,  France: Editions du CERTU (Centre d’Etudes sur les Réseaux, les Transports et l’Urbanisme), 2012.

Comment l’informatique vient aux enfants. Pour une approche anthropologique des usages de l’ordinateur à l‘école (with E. Barchechath & R. Magli). Paris, France: Editions des Archives Contemporaines, 2006 .

La communication n’est pas une marchandise. Résister à l’agenda de Bologne. Bruxelles, Belgium: Editions Labor/Editions Espace de Libertés, 2003.

Marché éditorial et démarches d’écrivains. Un état des lieux et des forces de l’édition littéraire en Communauté française de Belgique (with P. Durand). Bruxelles, Belgium: Éditions du Ministère de la Culture, 1996.

Anthropologie de la communication: de la théorie au terrain. Bruxelles, Belgium: Éditions De Boeck Université, 1996.

Erving Goffman: les moments et leurs hommes. Paris, France: Éditions du Seuil et Éditions de Minuit, 1988.

La Nouvelle Communication. Paris, France: Éditions du Seuil, 1981.

Edited Collections

Le Symbolique et le Social. La réception internationale de Pierre Bourdieu. Actes du colloque de Cerisy (with J. Dubois and P. Durand). Liège, Belgium: Editions de l’Université de Liège, 2005.

Rhétoriques du Corps (with P. Dubois). Bruxelles, Belgium: De Boeck, 1988.

Gregory Bateson: premier état d’un héritage. Paris, France: Éditions du Seuil, 1988.

Pragmatique et discours: actes du colloque “Langage et Ex-Communication” (with P. Dubois). Louvain, Belgium: Cabay, 1982.

Work for CID:

Yves Winkin was a member of the Organizing Committee for the National Communication Association‘s Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue in Istanbul, Turkey, which led to the creation of CID. He translated KC35: Media Ecology into French; he serves as a reviewer for French translations; and he wrote a meditation on World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2023.

Erving Goffman book-collaborative project

One of the international collaborative projects that developed as a result of my 2009 stay at the Collegium de Lyon (France) was a book on Erving Goffman with Prof. Yves Winkin, of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, that has been in process for several years. That book has just been published.

Erving Goffman by Winkin and Leeds-Hurwitz

Winkin, Y., & Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2013). Erving Goffman: A critical introduction to media and communication theory. New York: Peter Lang.

My thanks to Yves Winkin for inviting me to co-author the book; to Dave Park, the series editor, for considering Goffman an essential communication theorist; and to all the editorial staff at Peter Lang, who were quite efficient once we submitted the manuscript.

Although Erving Goffman never claimed to be a media or communication scholar, his work is definitely relevant to, and has already served as a substantial resource for, those who are. This is the first detailed presentation and analysis of his life and work intended specifically for a communication audience. While primarily an introduction to Goffman’s work, those already familiar with his ideas will also learn something new. In addition to summarizing Goffman’s major concepts and his influence on other scholars, the book includes an intellectual biography, explication of his methods, and an example of how to extend his ideas. Readers are invited to consider Goffman as a lens through which to view much of the pattern evident in the social world. Goffman’s work always appealed to the general public (several of his books became bestsellers), and so this book has implications for those who are interested in the role of media or communication in their own lives as well as those who study it professionally.

For those interested, the book is available either directly from Peter Lang, or from Amazon.

Chinese U of Hong Kong


On April 10, 2013, I gave a talk entitled “Ambiguity as a Solution to the ‘Problem’ of Intercultural Weddings” at Chinese University of Hong Kong. My thanks to Dr. Yves Winkin, currently visiting professor at CUHK, for the invitation, and to his graduate students, who were an excellent audience, asking quite interesting questions relating to intercultural communication.

Winkin, Leeds-Hurwitz

While at CUHK I had the opportunity to meet with several faculty members at the School of Journalism and Communication, including Yuen Chan, Dr. Jack Linchuan Qiu, and Dr. Anthony Fung (Director of the School). Dr. Casey Man Kong Lum happened to be in Hong Kong while I was there, so I also was able to spend some time with him. I am looking forward to seeing several of the same scholars at the International Communication Association‘s convention in London in May 2013.

Leeds-Hurwitz, Qiu, Winkin
Leeds-Hurwitz, Qiu, Winkin

Thanks to Dr. Sidney Cheung (Chair of the Anthropology Department at CUHK) I had the opportunity to join him at dinner one night with a large group of others: from CUHK (including Dr. Joseph Bosco, and Tim Grunewald) media practitioners from Radio Television Hong Kong (the person I had a chance to talk with was Ng Wai In) as well as Natalie Siu, a CUHK alum now in public relations.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

ICA 2012

The International Communication Association convention was held from May 23-28, 2012, in Phoenix, AZ. I presented a paper co-authored with Yves Winkin, of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon entitled “Walk Like a Local: Pedestrian Behavior in the US, France, and China” to the Urban Communication Foundation Preconference.

(Thanks to Casey Lum for both organizing the event, and for the photo of me at the Seminar.) I also served as respondent to a panel entitled “Narrative and Community in Intractable Conflicts.” In addition, the Language and Social Interaction Division honored me with a panel entitled ” Constructing Communities of Scholars: Celebrating the Work of Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz” (thanks to Theresa Castor for organizing the event, and to Liliana Castañeda Rossmann, Teri Harrison, Beth Haslett and Saskia Witteborn for participating).

We continued the tradition of holding a mini-meeting of those members of the Advisory Board of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue who were present at a conference (this time it was Donal Carbaugh and Michael Haley) along with the past and current Presidents of our parent organization, the Council of Communication Associations (Patrice Buzzanell and Linda Steiner).

While at ICA I connected with many international scholars, including some of those I had met or visited during the last year or two of travels: Simon Harrison (met in France, now based in Germany), Ifat Maoz (Israel), Saskia Witteborn (Hong Kong), Vivian Chen (Singapore), and Carla Ganito (Portugal).

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

NCA 2011

On November 20, 2011 I presented “Learning to walk like a local: Applying Goffman’s theory of face to pedestrian behavior” at the National Communication Association convention held in New Orleans, LA. My co-author for the paper was Prof Yves Winkin, Director of the Institut Français de l’Education in Lyon, France, and we divided up the presentation. My thanks to Prof. Beth Haslett for organzing the panel, and inviting us to participate.

While at NCA I met with several members of the Advisory Board of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue (Profs Donal Carbaugh and Barbara Hines) as well as the Center’s Technology adviser, Dr. Brenda Berkelaar, and the President of the Council of Communication Associations, Prof. Patrice Buzzanell. I also met with dozens of scholars about the Center, participated in business meetings for several divisions of NCA and, of course, attended sessions. A number of those who participated in the NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue in 2009 were at NCA, and I had a chance to talk with at least half a dozen. Several people made very good suggestions for additions to the website – so look for what’s new in the coming months!

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue


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