Discover the program of the 18 seminars sessions:

  • Thursday, the 24th of march (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Nathalie Clayer (EHESS), "Experiences of space and spaces of experience in (post)Ottoman societies"

Moderated by Sabine Rutar (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies)

Session in English

In this seminar, starting from the presentation and discussion of current research on Ottoman and post-Ottoman space, we will question, using different objects of study (from individual and collective trajectories to places of activity and production), the spatial practices and visions, but also evolutions, of social spaces and landscapes and their temporalities.

  • Friday, the 25th of march (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Vanina Bouté (EHESS), Yves Goudineau (EFEO) and Catherine Scheer (EFEO), "Ethnicity and the historical dynamics of integration in Southeast Asia"

Session in English

The seminar focuses on the complex relations that have been established between the populations occupying the mountainous and/or forested areas, that is to say, a vast part of continental Southeast Asia and the central, colonial and then national powers. Studies on these so-called "marginal" populations have generally contributed to an antagonistic perception, either from the perspective of an ineluctable dilution of minority cultures into imposed national cultures, or, conversely, highlighting the resistance of ethnic minorities or their lasting "escape" in the course of history in the face of the logic of state control. Based on the comparative analysis of detailed ethnographies, we propose to go beyond this dichotomized and overly reductive vision by showing phenomena of interaction, interdependence, and even mutual appropriation between "centers" and "margins" in the recent history of Southeast Asia.

  • Monday, the 28th of march (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Camille Schmoll (EHESS), Aurélie Varrel (CEIAS/CNRS) and Hélène Thiollet (CNRS/CERI), "Migrants and the city. A comparative perspective"

Moderated by Beatriz Fernandez (EHESS)

Session in English

This presentation draws on the research conducted in the framework of the EHESS seminar on 'Urbanity, circulation and mobility in contemporary world cities'.
International migration and urbanization have witnessed the most drastic/dramatic changes in the last decades. City growth and urban change are tightly connected to internal and international migration as well as changing patterns of mobilities at various scales. In this presentation, we explore the Migration-City nexus through three different aspects: the concentration of migrants in cities and their role as crucial actors of urban change; urban life and everyday cosmopolitan sociability in world cities across contexts and time; the development of local governance of international migration in contemporary cities.
Drawing on cities located in the Global South and the Global North, we use 'comparative urbanism' (Robinson) both as a methodological tool and a theoretical project to investigate.

  • Tuesday, the 29th of march (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Presentation of a translation of a book: Benoît Grévin (CNRS), "On the translation of Balazs Ablonczy, Vers l'est, Magyar! Histoire du touranisme hongrois, Paris, Éditions de l'EHESS, 2021"

Moderated by Emmanuel Szurek

Session in French

Vers l'est, Magyar! Histoire du touranisme hongrois (To the East, Magyar! A History of Hungarian Touranism) traces the history of Hungarian touranism, i.e., the currents of thought valuing the supposedly Asian origin of Hungarians and in particular their links with the Turko-Mongolian world. This essay allows us to revisit a series of questions on political, cultural, and artistic history, which can be summarized as follows: how does a European people think of itself, yesterday and today, as Asian?

  • Thursday, the 31st of march (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Giovanni Careri (EHESS), "The art theoretical object. Surviving gestures in painting"

Moderated by Pierre-Antoine Fabre (EHESS)

Session in French

The notion of the "theoretical object" characterizes the approach to art and images at the EHESS. It is a perspective that indissolubly links history and theory, building an image or a series of images into an idea forged by the image's very own though processes. This approach will be demonstrated by an analysis of a group of paintings by Annibale Carracci where the gesture, and the memory it carries, occupy a decisive place linking the fields of art and anthropology.

  • Friday, the 1st of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Nilufer Göle (EHESS), "Public Space Democracy, Assembly and Creativity"

Moderated by Richard Rechtman (EHESS)

Session in English

The occupation movements that emerged in different parts of the world since the 2010s (from Tahrir square, to EuroMaidan, Gezi Park, to Yellow Vests…), challenge our knowledge on society and politics. Do these movements participate in the globalization of civil society? What are the connections between aesthetic expressiveness and political protest? Do they signify a paradigmatic change regarding ways of being in society? The elaboration of these questions in my seminar at EHESS since 2014 contributed to renew the approaches of public space in the light of these contemporary challenges. In discussion with my colleagues from different disciplinary backgrounds, we opened up a new comprehension of the public space, in focusing on the spatial dimensions, the visibility of minorities and the expressivity of actors. Public place enables the transformation of the personal experience in assembly. By reclaiming the public space, actors experiment forms of social recognition, enact new forms of citizenship and reinvent public space democracy.

  • Monday, the 4th of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Rainer Maria Kiesow (EHESS), "Law and Judgment"

Moderated by Falk Bretschneider (EHESS)

Session in English and French

How is a decision made? This is the reflective question on the legal phenomenon par excellence: Judgment. What actually happens, and how does it come about? The answer to this complex set of questions moves between commitment and freedom, between law and sovereignty; and between deduction and decision.

  • Wednesday, the 6th of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Round table of reviews – Isabel Yaya McKenzie (EHESS) and Grégory Delaplace (EPHE): L'Homme, Vincent Azoulay (EHESS): Les Annales

Moderated by Christophe Prochasson (EHESS)

Session in French

This round table aims to introduce the audience to the editorial and intellectual operations of two journals closely associated with EHESS: Annales and L'Homme. First of all, we will recall what these two prominent journals in the humanities and social sciences are. If they are anchored in history for the former, in anthropology for the latter, they are both strongly committed to establishing a dialogue between disciplines. In order to demystify the image of these two publications, we will show what working for a journal concretely implies, from the submission of an article to its publication. A few crucial questions will help shape our conversation, supported by examples mobilized from some of their recent issues. What role may journals play in stimulating scientific debate on the international scale? Why is it worth publishing a journal in French today in an inceasligly English-speaking Academia? Is there a language specific to journals, favouring certain formats, leading even to a certain standardisation? How can journals take part, in their own way and with their own specific perspectives, in the political and social debates of the present time?

  • Thursday, the 7th of April (15:00-17:00, Paris Time)

Sebastian Veg (EHESS), "Intellectuals, Publications, and their Publics: Reconsidering Intellectual History in 20th century China"

Moderated by Anne Cheng (Collège de France)

Session in English

The study of knowledge, ideas, and their producers undoubtedly has a long tradition both in China and among foreign sinologists and historians. However, in the aftermath of the methodological “turns” (social, cultural, linguistic, global…) of the last half century, intellectual history as a discipline has been subjected to new questions. Taking stock of the critiques and the new approaches that emerged in their aftermath, this presentation will attempt to reconsider the material, social and cultural conditions of knowledge production and circulation in 20th century China.

  • [CANCELLED] Friday, the 8th of april

Round table of reviews – Mikaëla Le Meur (Aix-Marseille Université): Techniques & Culture, Sibylle Gollac, co-editor in chief of Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales/CNRS, and direction de la revue Conditions humaines/conditions politiques

Moderated by Etienne Anheim (EHESS)

Session in French

The analysis of social movements is, traditionally, at the very heart of social sciences investigation. Yet it often appears that social scientists struggle to keep up with the temporality of forms of protest, because the time of analysis is not the time of action. Nevertheless, the French context having been recently marked by significant forms of street protests, in particular the Yellow Vests movement, several journals published by EHESS have attempted to apprehend the revolts in action and to construct them as objects of knowledge. Mobilizing tools from sociology, anthropology, history and political science, both journals Techniques et culture, Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales and Condition humaine/conditions politiques dedicated special issues to these movements. This round table will offer the opportunity to return to these publications, to review the main lines of argumentations presented, as well as the methodology and the epistemological and political issues at stake, by engaging in a dialogue with the editors of the journals.

  • Tuesday, the 12th of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Philippe Urfalino (EHESS), "The political issue of reflecting on majority decision"

Moderated by Charles Girard (EHESS)

Session in English

How can we explain the prevalence of majority rule in situations of collective decision making? How can we justify the right of numerical superiority to impose its point of view on minorities? The seminar will first examine the different answers that have been given to these two questions. It will then show that the answers highlight the prevalence of two orientations, one that privileges conflict, the other that considers first and foremost the value attached to the existence of a group. It thus appears that the reflections on majority rule highlight a great division traversing the political thoughts and philosophies of the 20th and 21st centuries. Some consider that conflict, rule or power relations are the central phenomena of politics and only lend a relative, even negative, value to political bodies (for example Marxism and post-Marxism, authors like Michel Foucault or Étienne Balibar). Others, without neglecting the importance of conflict and power relations, privilege the relevance of political bodies, of their preservation and of the relations they maintain between themselves (for example, Marcel Mauss, Raymond Aron, Louis Dumont, Cornelius Castoriadis).

  • Wednesday, the 13th of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Book presentation: Cécile Vidal (EHESS), "A Social History of the New Word: Social Formation, Colonization and Slavery in the Early Americas in Comparative Perspective"

Moderated by Clément Thibaud (EHESS)

Session in English

This conference will present a collective essay, which is the fruit of a long collaboration between French-speaking historians of various American regions during the early modern period. Three methodological choices have guided our undertaking: the articulation of the viewpoint of the three populations (Native American, European and African) brought into contact by the colonial situation; the crossing of an Atlantic, hemispheric, and imperial perspective; and the comparison not of societies, but of a series of key phenomena or institutions that shaped these societies. This threefold approach makes it possible to go beyond the socio-political opposition established between North America and Latin America, while revealing the centrality of the Greater Caribbean. It also demonstrates the specificity of Ancien Régime imperialism and colonialism that were closely associated with the slave trade and slavery. More broadly, it reveals the singularity of an Atlantic world that serves as a social laboratory for the first globalization.

  • Thursday, the 14th of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Eva Illouz (EHESS), "What is uncertainty ?"

Moderated by Frédéric Brahami (EHESS)

Session in English

Economists make a distinction between risk and uncertainty: risk is knowable and calculable, uncertainty is not. This lecture examines the historical shift to uncertainty in interpersonal intimate relationships. While uncertainty may translate into a psychological experience ( of anxiety for example), it must be understood first and foremost as a sociological property of bonds. I use as an example the passage from courtship to casual sex.

  • Friday, the 15th of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Nicolas Dodier (EHESS), Janine Barbot (INSERM) and Laura Centemeri (CNRS), "Building a sociological theory of reparation"

Session in French

The implementation of mechanisms capable of repairing damage produced by collective tragedies crosses many fields today: political and war violence, sexual abuse, sanitary or ecological disasters, professional risks, etc. Based on an investigation of a public health disaster, we have sought to construct a sociological theory of reparation that sheds new light on the normative tensions associated with this type of situation. The seminar aims at presenting and discussing the chosen method and the perspectives it opens.

  • Tuesday, the 19th of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Richard Rechtman (EHESS), "Psychoanalysis and social sciences"

Moderated by Sabina Loriga (EHESS)

Session in French

Since the end of the 19th century the relationship between the social sciences and psychoanalysis has been complex, often tense, even conflicting and competitive – but this has not discouraged researchers from trying to bring the two disciplines into dialogue. Without exhaustively revisiting all of these debates and their attendant controversies, we will nonetheless take a fresh look at the reasons for this difficult partnership and the cirumstances which give us confidence in the prospects of a more peaceful and therefore richer debate. The loss of the magisterium that psychoanalysis wanted to extend over the whole of the psychological and social field is undoubtedly the first reason for an easing of tensions. But it is above all the discoveries of new fields of research that make it necessary today to rethink the reciprocal contribution of the social sciences and psychoanalysis.

  • Wednesday, the 20th of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Barbara Carnevali (EHESS) and Antoine Lilti (EHESS), "The aesthetics of existence or ethics as self-design"

Moderated by Simona Forti (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Session in English and French

Since the recent expressive turn (Charles Taylor), the needs of self-expression have dominated the forms of contemporary subjectivity: individuals seek an original of expression form to actualize their unique identity, to express their own qualities and to enact the "law of the individual" (Georg Simmel) of adhering to one's own inner norm. On the basis of a tight normative alliance between ethics and aesthetics, the modern subject expresses their singularity in the production of works of art as well as their in self-styling and even self-design. The research seminar "Aesthetic Individualism" intends to highlight not only the emancipatory potential of this figure of subjectivity but also its limitations and contradictions.
The talk will focus on the unsuspected thread connecting Jean-Jacques Rousseau's individualism to Michel Foucault's aesthetics of existence as well as to the neo-Nietzschean aestheticism proposed by Peter Sloterdijk: that of the figure of the 'cynical critic', the modern Diogenes who expresses theirrebellion against social norms through the construction of a stylized public persona and through a philosophical use of provocation, performance and scandal.

  • Thursday, the 21st of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Eric Monnet (EHESS), Benjamin Lemoine (CNRS), "The institutions of money and debt"

Moderated by Ronan Lyons (Trinity College Dublin)

Session in English

From a macroeconomic and accounting perspectives, money and debt are two sides of the same coin. But such an assertion overlooks the institutions and practices that make money and debt separated or fungibles objects. In most cases, the empirical relationships towards money or debt are different.  Money is not always perceived as a debt. And many conditions should be met to transform a debt into an asset deemed as liquid and safe as money. This course opens and deepens an interdisciplinary approach – combining history, sociology, economics and political economy – to study how (public or private) money and (public or private) debt are treated as counterparts or, on the contrary, separated objects. The intellectual project investigates balance-sheet encounters, interactions and frictions of state assets / private liabilities, on the one hand, and private asset / state liabilities on the other hand. Through this perspective, we study important economic and political objects such as public debt, private (over)indebtedness, exchange rate regimes, central bank interventions or banking regulation. In each case, we highlight the nexus of public-private financial and monetary interests and emphasize different historical configurations over time. A running theme of the course is to question the social and institutional process that make money and debt safe.

  • Friday, the 22nd of april (15:00-17:00, Paris time)

Pierre Monnet (EHESS), Sylvain Piron (EHESS), "Working on and with sources in medieval history"

Moderated by Rafael Mandressi (CNRS/EHESS)

Session in French

This practical seminar intends to be part of a training course for master's students and doctoral students, and could therefore have been limited to the pedagogical and direct approach of period-specific documentations useful for research work. This foundation is, of course; present in the conception and animation of the seminar, but it is coupled with a conviction both methodological and heuristic, which leads us to approach the different types of documents classified, researched, read, interpreted and constructed first by historic actors of the Middle Ages, then by medievalists.
It seemed essential to always keep in mind that the "source" is never self-evident, that it never forms a ready-made reservoir awaiting the expertise of historians for its use. Thus the very notion of the "source", whose uses and definitions are themselves subject to complex historical processes, is placed, at each session, in a critical perspective with regard to traditions, editions, transmissions, and confronted with competing or co-occurring terminologies such as "document", "archive", "testimony", and "monument".