EHESS Summerschool 2017 (3-14 July 2017)

The Unity of Social Sciences? Rethinking the concept of revolution

Following the success of last year’s edition, we are pleased to announce the new edition of the EHESS Summerschool : The Unity of Social Sciences? Rethinking the concept of Revolution 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.

Political Revolution 

Seminar leader:  Hamit Bozarslan

Invited speakers: Alain Blum, Ivan Ermakoff, Sophie Wahnich.

Economic Revolution 

Seminar leader: Sébastien Lechevalier

Invited speakers: Nicolas Barreyre, Francis Chateauraynaud, Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur.

Sexual Revolution 

Seminar leader: Eva Illouz and Elizabeth Armstrong

Invited speakers: Rainer Kiesow, Juliette Rennes, Georges Vigarello

Symbolic Revolution 

Seminar leader: Gisèle Sapiro

Invited speakers: Kapil Raj, Frédérique Matonti, Esteban Buch

Keynote lecture: Roger Chartier (Collège de France), July 3

Plenary Panel: The Concept of Revolution withseminar leaders.


Academic directors: Eva Illouz and Gisèle Sapiro

Administrative director: Valérie Beaudoin


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


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.

The summer school is open to 4 EHESS students tuition-free, based on the same application and selection process. The EHESS students will be asked to help students from abroad as needed.



Informations pratiques

Date(s) limite(s)
  • Monday 12 December 2016 - 17:45