Farewell, Margaret Archer († 21st May 2023)

It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Prof. Margaret Archer, who passed away on 21st May 2023.

Prof. Margaret Archer founded the Centre for Social Ontology in 2011 at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). She led the Centre as its Director until 2017 and then as its General Editor.
For many members of the CSO, Maggie was a cherished friend in addition to being a colleague of outstanding talent, dedication and integrity.

Margaret Archer’s contributions to social theory are too vast, numerous and subtle to be adequately summarized on a single webpage. Over the coming months, members of the CSO will gather reflections on how she made a difference to the study of people, cultures and societies.

Overview of Margaret Archer’s research interests and accomplishments as she reflected on them

Updated list of Margaret Archer’s publications (will be complemented in the coming months)

Oil on canvas by von Tamm, ‘Still Life of Roses, Morning Glory, Carnations, Forget-Me-Nots and Other Flowers on a Stone Ledge, Together with a Bunch of Peaches’ (ca. 1700), Public Domain.

2 thoughts on “Farewell, Margaret Archer († 21st May 2023)”

  1. As a relatively new postgraduate researcher I’ve only recently become familiar with Professor Archer’s work as I have explored democratic reforms. It’s been a thrill to engage with and holds so much potential for understanding change. We have much to thank for a lifetime of contribution to a universally-shared human undertaking of creating the world we live in.


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