Dateline: 31. März 2023 | Call for applications: EHESS Summer School "Mapping violences"

Relying on its resolutely international dimension, EHESS organizes its second Summer School edition on the Campus Condorcet Paris-Aubervilliers. It will be held from 3 to 7 July 2023, is destined to international students and will explore the theme « Mapping violences ».  

Registration will be open from 1 February to 31 March 2023.

The EHESS Summer School on Campus Condorcet Paris-Aubervilliers is meant to be an international event gathering all institutions present on this new European research campus in the humanities and social sciences. This EHESS initiative is, pedagogically and scientifically supervised by a committee of scholars from several member institutions located on the Campus.

The theme of the 2023 edition: "Mapping violences"

The Summer School programme will the commitments of EHESS since its foundation: critical thinking, inter-disciplinarity and inter-institutionality.

By crossing different disciplinary, thematic and cultural approaches, the aim is to endeavor to map violence, to study practices, situations, experiences of violence and their arrangement in topographic, social and mental spaces. The objective is to favour the dialogue between different perspectives of research on violence and more particularly on extreme violence. Be it political violence, state violence, wars, guerrilla wars, revolutions, oppression, massacres, and domestic violence, since it is often -in these contexts- amplified, will also be broached. How are we to observe, define and analyse these violent phenomena? What are the methodological, epistemological and ethical questions specific to these particularly sensitive and fluid objects?

A pluri- and interdisciplinary, critical, prospective and cartographic programme

With most of the disciplines taught at EHESS mobilized, ie. history, sociology, anthropology, law, political studies, geography and archaeology, policies, organizations, territories, methods and resources, agents (perpetrators and victims), consequences, criminal prosecutions, and even social, political and judicial restoration will be thoroughly investigated. The place of actors, humanitarians, journalists, pundits, will also be considered in order to comprehend the distant effects, notably the media coverage and the circulation of images beyond the borders of the conflicts under scrutiny.

The Summer School will be organized around 10 thematic workshops where the students will have the opportunity to present their research and where they will be dicused along three transversal axes :

  • Methods and tools: How to investigate, find sources, search for witnesses, collect traces, even evidence. How to objectify and describe violent phenomena?
  • Analytical perspectives : From the macro perspective of historical, political, economic, regional and international conditions to the micro description of the various agents’ daily lives, the variety of sets of research scales, the situations, the individual and collective trajectories, the phenomena of representation, transmission and memory of violence will serve as the canva for the discussions.
  • Ethical issues : What place should researchers occupy in a field plagued by violence ? From research to testimony, through the questioning of responsibilities, what is the place of participatory ethnography in such fields?

This summer school is conceived as a space for collective interdisciplinary discussion and aims to offer conceptual and methodological tools as well as spaces for scientific sociability. Its participants are invited to join the RICEVE network, which gathers together social science scholars confronted with different forms of extreme violence in their field or in their research. This summer school is intended to be open to actors on the bangs of the academic world, post-doctoral fellows or non-academic researchers.

Detailed programme soon to be released.

Apply to Summer School

This summer school is mainly aimed at international master’s and doctoral students enrolled in an academic program abroad. It is an event with a registration fee, to be paid by the participants. Nevertheless, all students enrolled in the summer school will be able to benefit from a mobility grant to cover almost all of their travel expenses. Participants should ideally be fluent in English and French.

Enrolment will be open from 1 February to 31 March 2023.

Number of registrations limited.

The scientific committee, in charge of organising the Summer School event and gathering researchers from EHESS but also from other institutions located on Campus Condorcet, will review and select the applications.

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