2023-2024 / COMU0008-1

Analysis of Cultural Institutions


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Pascal Durand

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

There are two dimensions to this course - theory and practice. From a theoretical point of view, after having defined "culture" under the two views of "high culture" and "mass culture", we will study the relationship between culture and its "institutions", which are understood both in the sense of structures responding to a restricted set of criteria and as "symbolic fields" (in the sense given by Pierre Bourdieu). From a practical point of view, the course will analyse the french publishing institutions from the two points of view of an historic and contemporary landscape.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To introduce the problems of sociology of culture and to highlight, through concrete case studies, the dynamic relationships (but also objective constraints) which these encounter in terms of training and dissemination.
The course is widely illustrated by Powerpoint presentations.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Recommended readings :

Pascal Durand & Anthony Glinoer, Naissance de l'éditeur. L'édition à l'âge romantique, Paris/Bruxelles, Les Impressions nouvelles, coll. « Réflexions faites », rééd. 2012.
Elisabeth Parinet, Une histoire de l'édition à l'époque contemporaine (Paris, Seuil, coll. "Points", 2004) & Olivier Bessard-Banquy, L'industrie des lettres (Paris, Pocket, 2012) ;

Pascal Durand et Tanguy Habrand, Histoire de l'édition en Belgique, Bruxelles, Les Impressions nouvelles, 2018.

Oral examination.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Course head, Pascal Durand, lecturer, Department of the art and science of communication, Place du 20-Août, 7, 2nd floor, pascal.durand@ulg.ac.be;

Victor Krywicki, Place du 20-Août, 7, 2nd floor, tel. 04 366 51 84

Tel. 04 366 32 86

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Online Notes
Notes are available on MyULg.