Double diplôme Sciences Po / INALCO

Master Science Politique - Politique comparée/Moyen-Orient
Ouverture des admissions. Date limite de candidature 5 Mars 2018
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Le Double diplôme Sciences Po/INALCO de science politique spécialité Moyen-Orient est un master de recherche qui forme à l'analyse des grandes questions de science politique se posant au sein d'une aire géographique qui inclut les pays arabes, l'Afghanistan, l'Iran, Israël, le Pakistan et la Turquie.

Il propose à la fois des cours en langues (arabe, hébreu, kurde, pashto, persan, urdu), des cours portant sur de grandes questions de sciences sociales et des cours de sciences humaines et sociales sur la région.

Il inclut une formation aux méthodes des sciences sociales qualitatives et/ou quantitatives.

Les étudiants auront à rédiger un mémoire de recherche final d'une centaine de pages reposant sur l'analyse de sources en langue (documents, entretiens, observations) recueillies lors d'une enquête de terrain menée dans l'un des pays de la région.

Ouverture des candidatures : 12 décembre 2017

Date limite de candidature au double diplôme Sciences Po/Inalco :  5 Mars 2018 

Les candidats admissibles seront invités à un entretien qui aura lieu entre fin avril et début mai 2018.

Conditions d'admission, prérequis en langues, dossier à constituer ...

Pour en savoir plus, consultez cette page.

 

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Interview de Pierre François, doyen de l'École doctorale

pour "Émile Boutmy Magazine", numéro 11 / automne 2017
  • Pierre François, doyen de l'École doctoralePierre François, doyen de l'École doctorale

Dépuis la rentrée, l'École doctorale a un nouveau directeur : le sociologue Pierre François.
Pour Émile, il détaille ses projets et ses ambitions pour la recherche à Sciences Po.

Placer les doctorants au coeur d'une dynamique collective dans les laboratoires de recherche

L’École doctorale se trouve aujourd’hui à l’issue d’un cycle de transformations profondes, impulsé il y a une vingtaine d’années. Une mesure phare a été l’instauration d’un financement systématique de tous les doctorants : c’est une approche très spécifique à Sciences Po, qu’on ne retrouve pas dans la plupart des universités françaises. Une autre modification décisive a été de compléter la relation, centrale dans un parcours de thèse, entre le directeur et son doctorant, par un accompagnement plus collectif, de l’évaluation des candidatures en thèse à la soutenance, en plaçant les doctorants au coeur de la vie des centres de recherche. Cette mutation est cruciale pour les doctorants, elle l’est aussi pour les centres de recherche : les doctorants sont en effet source de renouveaux méthodologiques et théoriques.

Favoriser l'interdisciplinarité

Ces mutations ont profondément renouvelé l’École doctorale, et cette transformation doit être poursuivie. Nous devons d’abord tirer parti de la configuration interdisciplinaire de Sciences Po. Notre champ disciplinaire se concentre sur les sciences sociales, qui construisent un espace de disciplines à la fois distinctes et contiguës. Il ne s’agit donc pas de faire tomber les frontières entre les disciplines, mais plutôt de les faire fructifier.

Par exemple, l’interdisciplinarité peut s’implanter au sein du parcours individuel de l’étudiant, en offrant plus de cours accessibles en dehors de la discipline principale de formation. On peut également s’appuyer sur une dynamique collective, en organisant plus de séminaires favorisant l’interdisciplinarité par le dialogue. Enfin, la thèse doit être plus accessible aux étudiants n’ayant pas suivi un master de recherche. Nous travaillons donc, avec les responsables des autres écoles de Sciences Po, sur des dispositifs permettant de concilier une fluidité dans la formation des étudiants et une exigence disciplinaire élevée.

Accroître la visibilité internationale de l'École doctorale

Longtemps, notre univers de référence institutionnel s’est limité à la France. Cependant, nous adoptons aujourd’hui une stratégie de visibilité internationale, qui vise à faire de Sciences Po une grande université de recherche – une ambition qui repose notamment sur la formation doctorale.

Un des outils privilégiés pour accroître notre visibilité est d’étendre la circulation et l’insertion professionnelle des étudiants à l’international. Il faut que les doctorants bénéficient de plus d’opportunités à l’étranger dans le cadre de leur thèse, pour découvrir des méthodes de recherche différentes, pour se construire un réseau et pour éventuellement préparer leur arrivée sur le marché du travail. Un autre aspect de cet effort est de permettre aux chercheurs invités de contribuer davantage à l’encadrement des étudiants. Ils constituent une ressource exceptionnelle pour Sciences Po et ils doivent être davantage mobilisés pour échanger avec nos étudiants.

Bio Express :
Diplômé de Sciences Po et ancien élève de l’ENS Cachan, Pierre François est agrégé en sciences sociales et docteur en  sociologie (EHESS). Il commence sa carrière au commissariat général du Plan, avant de reprendre ses recherches au Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (CSO) de Sciences Po. Un temps professeur à l’École polytechnique où il participe au développement du département de sciences sociales, il prend par ailleurs la direction du département de sociologie de Sciences Po. En 2017, il est nommé directeur de l’École doctorale de Sciences Po, succédant à Jean-Marie Donegani. Parmi les cinq disciplines qui structurent l’École doctorale – la science politique, le droit, l’économie, la sociologie et l’histoire –, c’est la première fois que la sociologie est représentée à ce poste.

Propos recueillis pas Nesma Merhoum et Maïna Marjany

Émile boutmy magazine 94 numéro 11 / automne 2017

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MaxPo International Conference

Destabilizing Orders – Understanding the Consequences of Neoliberalism - From January 12, 9 am to January 13, 2018 7 pm
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This MaxPo International Conference addresses the different facets of social destabilization that we observe today.

It marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of MaxPo, the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies.

Presentations will analyze different aspects of the overarching phenomenon of social destabilization, trying to identify common threats in the diverse developments currently to be observed.

Through the long post war period, crisis was a conjectural phenomenon, exceptional in a normalcy of growth and social progress. Many key concepts of the social sciences – indeed, our understanding of democracy, of embedded markets, of enlightened electorates, benevolent political elites and problem solving progressive alliances – seem inapt for understanding the societal upheaval currently witnessed. In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, we have witnessed the breakdown of majority alliances, the return on a grand scale of populism both in the Western world and globally, and the eruption into chaotic and sometimes violent protest of new patterns of social mobilization. The forces that underpinned the settlements of welfare capitalism seem obsolete in the face of financial and political elites that are paradoxically both disconnected from national territory and sometimes in direct alliance with nationalist and populist movements. Politics of resentment, politics of place, and new politics of class interact in ways that we do not yet understand. Perhaps the greatest paradox of all, neoliberalism has spawned authoritarianism. At the same time, these processes are not at all new, but must be put in the context of the socioeconomic and cultural cleavages produced by the shift to neoliberalism since the 1970s. The conference addresses the different facets of social destabilization that we observe today. It marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of MaxPo, the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies. Presentations will analyze different aspects of the overarching phenomenon of social destabilization, trying to identify common threats in the diverse developments currently to be observed.

Detailed programme here

Registration required (Day 1 - 12/01/2018)

Registration required (Day 2 - 13/01/2018)

 

 

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Call for Applications

Doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck-Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies - Application deadline: 15 March 2018
  • Max Planck-Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market SocietiesMax Planck-Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies

The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) in Paris invites applications for doctoral fellowships. Fellowship recipients will work under the supervision of Prof. Jenny Andersson or Prof. Olivier Godechot and are required to apply for formal enrollment in the doctoral program in sociology or political science at Sciences Po in Paris.

Applicants’ research interests should fall into the area of MaxPo’s research program, and their
PhD project proposal should fit into one of the two research groups at MaxPo. We welcome
original and independent proposals. Research topics should be situated in economic sociology,
political economy, or economic or political history and can include:

The intellectual, political, and economic history of neoliberalism; elite and mass politics; the
marketization of social life; concepts of democracy, politics, and progress since the 1970s; the
consequences of neoliberalism;

Labor markets and inequality; job polarization; team dynamics and team splits in organizations,
firms, and political parties; the sociology of financial markets; the political and social
consequences of economic crises.

The MaxPo PhD program runs in close collaboration with the doctoral program of the International
Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRSSPCE) in Cologne. Together, we offer the possibility of a double doctorate (cotutelle de thèse).

Eligibility

Candidates will hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) and have received training in
the following disciplines: history, sociology, or political science, with additional training in related
fields. They should have experience with qualitative and quantitative methods. There is
no nationality requirement; however, a firm command of English and a working knowledge of
French is required.

Fellowship conditions

2,188 euros (monthly gross salary); three-year contract starting in October 2018; including a 12-week period of administrative service to MaxPo and a research stay at the IMPRS-SPCE in Cologne.

Application procedure

Required documents (to be compiled into a single PDF file): a CV; a transcript of records from
each institution attended; a cover letter briefly describing your intellectual trajectory so far and
discussing the topics that interest you (2 pages maximum); a thesis project proposal (5,000 words
maximum); a project title; an abstract summarizing your thesis project; a writing sample (such
as an article, thesis, or term paper); if possible, we strongly encourage you to obtain one or more
letters of recommendation (a letter from your MA advisor would be especially useful).

Please email the complete file to allison.rovny@sciencespo.fr by 15 March 2018 (with “MaxPo
PhD positions 2018” in the subject line). Incomplete files will not be considered. Shortlisted
candidates will be invited to an online interview. Final decisions will be made by mid-April 2018.

Please also note that successful candidates will need to apply for admission through the online
procedure of the École doctorale de Sciences Po
before 25 April 2018. Administrative registration
will occur in June 2018 through the École doctorale. Detailed instructions will be forwarded in
April 2018 to the candidates selected for a MaxPo fellowship.

 

=> Doctoral Fellowship at the MaxPo

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“To be a PhD student is to be at the heart of knowledge production”

Pierre François, Dean of the Doctoral School
  • Pierre François, Dean of the Doctoral SchoolPierre François, Dean of the Doctoral School

Of Sciences Po’s seven schools, one has a unique status: The Doctoral School. This school awards both masters and doctoral degrees, and it accompanies aspiring researchers at the beginning of their research careers in law, economics, history, political science and sociology. At the Research Forum – an annual event for students that promotes careers in research – the Doctoral School’s new dean Pierre François, a researcher at the Centre for the Sociology of Organizations, sat down for an interview. 

What is a Doctoral School? What are its missions at Sciences Po?

One of Sciences Po’s seven schools, the Doctoral School offers programs starting at the masters level. Its originality lies in its awarding of both masters and doctoral degrees. In comparison to other schools that focus more on certain subjects, its course offering is primarily organized by discipline – in this case, the five disciplines structuring Sciences Po’s intellectual project: law, economics, history, political science and sociology. Less formally, I would say that the Doctoral School is the locus and nexus between Sciences Po’s two fundamental missions: research and teaching. It is a pedagogical structure, because the goal is to educate students by teaching them research concepts and methods in the social sciences. It is also a key player in research at Sciences Po: as is the case at all institutions of higher education, PhD students are a critical part of our institution’s body of researchers. This is true quantitatively: Sciences Po’s permanent academic community includes around 200 researchers and research professors, and double that number of PhD students. It is also true qualitatively, because PhD students’ research reflects the most advanced theoretical and methodological innovations in their respective disciplines.      

How does your school stand out in the research world? 

Compared to its counterparts in France and in the world, the Doctoral School stands out in two ways. In France, it was one of the first to take the form of a standalone school highly integrating masters and doctoral programs on the one hand, and education and research centers on the other. This early structuring allowed the school to initiate crucial reforms and implement an organization of schooling that allows us to go much further today. But the Doctoral School also owes some of its distinctiveness to the very particular link between the history of Sciences Po and that of social sciences: Sciences Po and social sciences were founded at the same time, in the last third of the 19th century, on the basis of a shared diagnosis, which was that Western societies were experiencing a crisis which science could help understand, if not resolve. This is not to say that the histories of Sciences Po and of the social sciences are one and the same, but rather to emphasize that in France they are closely related, and that the transformations in doctoral education need to be situated in the depth of this long history.       

You have just joined the Doctoral School: what is your assessment? 

A lot of work was accomplished under my predecessors, especially Jean-Marie Donegani, whom I am succeeding as dean. It consisted of changing models and ensuring that all PhD students would be funded. This is the case today and is exceptional for a French doctoral school, especially in the social sciences. The other major change was to integrate the PhD path into a collective logic. For a long time thesis supervision was based on an interpersonal relationship between the PhD student and the thesis supervisor. Now the thesis is part of a collective dynamic within the research centers. Admission into the PhD program is based on a collegial decision. The thesis director obviously plays a key role, but the research center has a say, as do the Doctoral School and the department. The theses are then developed at Sciences Po’s research centers, where regular meetings are held with thesis committees.  

What are your future ambitions?

My goal is to continue this movement to deeply transform the school on the basis of three development priorities. The first priority is to encourage masters students from other Sciences Po schools to enter the Doctoral School. The second priority is to develop a multidisciplinary approach. The third is internationalization.     

The masters in research will no longer be the only way to obtain a PhD?

It will of course remain the main path, enabling the most direct access and the most complete and robust training. But we would also like to give students the option of pursuing their PhD after any masters, not just the research masters. It goes without saying that we will not be lowering the bar on the academic requirements for obtaining a PhD, which remains a highly demanding and necessarily elitist program. In order to position itself as a research university, Sciences Po needs to have a very high-level doctoral program. The idea is to adapt the academic curriculum upstream, allowing students from other schools to test their interest in the basic disciplines by offering them courses to acquire the skills that they would need to pursue a PhD. 

What is the multidisciplinary approach that you state is the second development priority?

The research policy has defined a disciplinary perimeter including five contiguous disciplines with numerous and productive contact points. At the doctoral level we now need to organize and deepen the dialogue between them, be it through teaching (give historians the ability to take law courses, for example), through interdisciplinary dialogue forums, workshops and conferences on a shared topic that one or two external guests might join. Sciences Po’s Laboratory for interdisciplinary evaluation of public policies (LIEPP) in particular has a long experience with interdisciplinary initiatives that will be extremely useful to us.

Have you already made progress on internationalization?

Initiatives have already been taken with regard to joint theses, dual degrees and mobility, and since 2011 international students have represented 40% of PhD students. Now the idea is to pursue an internationalization that is attached to the institution rather than that is solely based on individual initiatives or isolated measures. Our goal is to continue attracting excellent students from French institutions – and obviously Sciences Po – as well as the best international students. 

For information about research at Sciences Po

    • Come meet the research centers at the research forum: program and schedule
    • Come ask all your questions about the Doctoral School on 25 November at Sciences Po’s masters open houses 
    •  Watch the live program on the Doctoral School of Sciences Po on 11 December at 12h00 on the Campus-Channel webtv and ask all your questions to dean Pierre François and two current students.

Learn more

 

[Interview conducted by Sciences Po’s Communication Service 21/11/2017] 

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