EHESS Summerschool 2017: The Unity of Social Sciences? Rethinking the concept of Revolution

Following last year’s success, we are pleased to announce the new 2017  EHESS Summerschool : The Unity of Social Sciences? Rethinking the concept of Revolution to be held from 3rd to 14th July 2017.

The study of the “longue durée” and the study of “Revolutions” have long been two of the holy grails of the social sciences: how structures perpetuate themselves and how they shift or collapse are, arguably, two central questions of the social sciences. The EHESS is famous for having produced path-breaking works on both topics (thanks to Fernard Braudel or François Furet, to mention only two of the most obvious examples). However, in light of recent world events (from the Arab Spring to the Internet Revolution), and because 2017 is the one-hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the EHESS would like to devote its Summer School to the study of Revolutions. How do we study Revolutions and what are their social and anthropological ramifications? These are the two broad set of questions that we will ask during two intensive weeks of discussion in four different seminars.

The summer school is open to masters and doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty members. Students to the Summer School will be selected on the basis of their letter of motivation, recommendation letters, CV, and research interests.

  • ‘Political Revolution’: Hamit Bozarslan (seminar leader), Alain Blum, Ivan Ermakoff, Sophie Wahnich (guests).
  • ‘Economic Revolution’ : Sébastien Lechevalier (seminar leader), Nicolas Barreyre, Francis Chateauraynaud, Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur (guests).
  • ‘Sexual Revolution’: Eva Illouz et Elizabeth Armstrong (seminar leaders), Rainer Kiesow, Juliette Rennes, Georges Vigarello (guests).
  • ‘Symbolic Revolution’: Gisèle Sapiro (seminar leader), Kapil Raj, Frédérique Matonti, Esteban Buch (guests).
  • Lecture : Roger Chartier (Collège de France) July 3rd 6p.m


The summer school is organized in partnership with the Excellence Laboratory “Tepsis” (Transformation de l’Etat, Politisation des sociétés, Institut du social).

More informations about the programme and the application process.

More informations

  • Monday 03 July 2017 - 10:00
  • Friday 14 July 2017 - 17:00
  • EHESS, 105 boulevard Raspail, 75 006 Paris
Roger Chartier, Esteban Buch, Francis Chateauraynaud, Kapil Raj, Alain Blum, Gisèle Sapiro, Hamit Bozarslan, Georges Vigarello, Juliette Rennes, Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur, Rainer Maria Kiesow, Frederique Matonti, Ivan Ermakoff, Eva Illouz