Sciences Po and King’s College London

Joint Doctoral Workshop : SPOK 2017 - Call for papers
Paris - 29 and 30 of May 2017
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 Applications have to be sent by 27th of March


The two days’ workshop will cover the following topics

    • 1/ Mobility in the world: refugee crisis, solidarity crisis between states and regarding migrants- national-regional and global approaches (Europe, India, China, US, Australia, Brazil, Middle east and Africa)
    • 2/ Security-surveillance and Human Rights: transformations affecting intelligence services cooperation, antiterrorist collaborations (5 eyes, China, Russia, intra-Eu relations, transatlantic relations), cyber activities, forms of resistance: hacker activisms, legal challenges, artists protests
    • 3/ European Union and the United Kingdom: political continuities in terms of visions and policies, sectorial cooperations, diplomatic cooperations (brexit negociations, cooperation and Nato, security industries, antiterrorism and radicalization policies cooperation, environmental and energy cooperations)
    • 4/ Non confidence regarding political institutions? Re-enactment of sovereign or populist narratives, effective sovereignties in an interdependent world, development and transformation of EU policies and structures, political attitudes, geographical urban divides


The workshop is open to all doctoral students engaged into a PHD at the doctoral school of Sciences Po or at King’s College London and its DTP programme. We expect the students to have a clear idea of their research question and to have already some results. From that background, we will ask students to engage into their theoretical standpoint and originality within the topic they select as relevant for a future post-doctoral research, as well as to precise the link between their specific objects and the kind of method(s) that they employ, how they combine them, what techniques they use to implement their methodology, and how confident they are that these methods are coherent with their proposed epistemology and critiques of standard account of academic knowledge.

Applications to the selection committee

    • 1/ Applications have to be sent by 27th of March
    • 2/ Contents: submission of an abstract of 300 words - A short vitae of 2 pages - a letter of motivation explaining the relation between the PHD argument, the choice of workshop topic, the transdisciplinary dimension.
    • 3/ All applications have to be sent by email at

The joint committee for the workshop will select among the applications 12 PHD students: 6 coming from each university.
They will decide on the pairing allowing an in-depth discussion between students, according to their research themes (see below)
Decision by the 3rd of April


The selected participants are expected to deliver by May 15th short and sharp papers (between 3 000 to 5 000 words max) for a presentation in order to be circulated before the conference to their “paring mate”, their staff discussant, and to everyone.

FORMAT of the workshop

The SPOK doctoral workshop is a space where selected doctoral students can present their work and benefit from discussions with, and feedback from, both their peers and the members of faculty acting as discussants on their papers.

PHD students who are ready, before their completion, to test their hypothesis and results in front of an audience of their pairs coming from a different country and prestigious staff of both KCL and Sciences Po cannot dream of a better environment that the KCLSCPO doctoral workshop.

Specificity of the doctoral workshop dynamics and organisation
To answer the aims of the workshop, we will use a successful formula tested from the IPS doctoral workshops from 2012 onwards and that we borrow from the new KCLSCPO doctoral workshop. Students will be paired according to the broad themes of their research and each student will present the other’s paper, not his or her own.

In doing so, each student will have to engage critically and fairly with the other’s paper in order to engage the discussion. It implies that you write your paper having in mind the clarity of your thesis as it will be presented by someone else, and that you insist on the added value of this thesis regarding theoretical and methodological questions larger than the thesis itself and related to the topics selected in order to engage into a dialogue. Subsequently, each paper is commented upon by an invited faculty member.
We believe this formula creates stronger academic ties and encourages an engagement, which is even more thoughtful and productive. The dynamic is planned as follows:

a) Student A presents and comments on Student B’s paper (15min)
b) Student B presents and comments on Student A’s paper (15min)
c) Discussant 1 comments on A’s paper (10min)
d) Discussant 2 comments on B’s paper (10min)
e) Student A’s general reply (10min)
f) Student B’ general reply (10min)
g) We open the floor for discussion (20min)

The author of each paper will then 

First: present his/her pairing mate’s paper, engaging critically with the main arguments.
Second: He/she will have to answer to the questions on his own paper having a chance to answer to both comments (his pair and the comments of a professor from the other university) and to explain the core ideas and methods that he or she considers central, not only for his or her paper, but also for the session more broadly.

Third: He/she will have to read all the papers to participate to the general discussion.


Fees- Travel and Accommodation – Grants- Follow up

The generous support of the two doctoral schools allows that there are no participation fees.

Sciences Po/King’s College London: Joint Doctoral Workshop 2017: SPOK 2017

SPOK 2017 will be held in Paris at Sciences Po on the 29 and 30 of May
The workshop language is English

Travel and Accommodation – Grants

The Sciences Po doctoral school will take care of the organisation and will provide meals during the workshop. A common dinner will be organized for the 29th.

KCL will open an application scheme where students of KCL would have to apply in order for their travels London-Paris-London and accommodation for one night to be covered or reimbursed. Indication about the procedures will follow. 

Follow Up

This initiative financed by the two doctoral schools represents an attempt to enhance and structure the ongoing partnership between these institutions, and to create a core network of PHD students and staff of both institutions promoting a different way to do and to study by emphasizing the necessary denaturalisation from methodological nationalism and the importance to decolonize the political, to displace statist and inter-statist categories that dominate current reflections on world societies.

The organisers consider that to enhance collaboration between Anglophone and Francophone traditions of thoughts and methods, will allow having a better reflexivity about the frame of the different arguments in a PHD and the pathway to alternative lines of thoughts or methods. Students will be exposed to a more trans-disciplinary and trans-cultural environment than in other classical workshops.

In addition to a very stimulating environment to present their research, the doctoral students attending the workshop will also benefit from the help of the staff to facilitate their research and publication abroad, to better find relevant bibliographies and specific dataset in other languages, and they will also find the ideal place where they can develop a collaborative network for their future career.

If finances allow, and depending on pro-bono engagement of the students, the SPOK doctoral workshop will receive the help of the two doctoral schools in order to have a specific webpage or-and a Facebook page permitting a follow up and a platform for discussion, exchange, and common projects disseminating research themes.

=> Download the Call for Papers 

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Isabelle Delorme

reçoit une bourse de recherche Mark Pigott (Bibliothèque nationale de France)
  • Isabelle Delorme, Agrégée d’histoire-géographie & docteur en HistoireIsabelle Delorme, Agrégée d’histoire-géographie & docteur en Histoire

Nous lui adressons toutes nos félicitations.

Grâce au mécénat de Mark Pigott, depuis 2014, la Bibliothèque nationale de France soutient des projets de recherche portant sur ses collections dans les domaines de l’Innovation et la technologie, de l’Histoire, l’Art et l’histoire de l’art. 

Agrégée d’histoire-géographie, jeune docteur en Histoire, Isabelle Delorme a soutenu sa thèse en décembre 2016 sur le thème : "Les récits mémoriels historiques : mémoire individuelle et mémoire collective du XXe siècle en bande dessinée", sous la direction de Laurence Bertrand-Dorléac, Professeur à Sciences Po.

Elle est spécialisée dans les récits mémoriels historiques en bande dessinée du type de Maus ou Persépolis, depuis les années 2000. Son projet consiste à «s’intéresser autant à l’histoire par la représentation de faits historiques sous une forme neuve qu’à l’histoire de l’art puisque la bande dessinée est connue comme le Neuvième art».


Grâce au mécénat de Mark Pigott, depuis 2014, la Bibliothèque nationale de France soutient des projets de recherche portant sur ses collections dans les domaines de l’Innovation et la technologie, de l’Histoire, l’Art et l’histoire de l’art. 
Lire le communiqué de presse de la BNF 

Recrutement de 10 post-doctorants à l'EHESS en 2017

Date limite de candidature : mercredi 1er mars 2017 inclus.
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Dix contrats de chercheurs post-doctorants sont ouverts à l'EHESS à compter du 1er septembre 2017 pour une durée d'un an, éventuellement renouvelable (rémunération brute mensuelle 2365 €).

Dans le cadre d’un partenariat avec le Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM), une candidature sélectionnée s’inscrivant dans le champ d’activité de cet établissement (les dynamiques des sociétés contemporaines du bassin méditerranéen) pourra être soumise au MuCEM pour un co-financement éventuel et une intégration du candidat au département recherche et enseignement du MuCEM.

Ces emplois concernent les différents domaines des sciences humaines et sociales.

=> Pour en savoir plus

Ils sont proposés aux jeunes chercheurs ayant soutenu, entre le 1er janvier 2014 et le 31 janvier 2017, une thèse de doctorat dans un autre établissement que l'EHESS, en France ou à l'étranger. 

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Financial Supervision in post-2008 Europe: A Socio-anthropological Perspective

Guest speaker: Daniel SEABRA LOPES - February 20, 2017, 12:30
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Guest speaker: Daniel SEABRA LOPES, Lisbon School of Economics and Management


Daniel Seabra Lopes Daniel Seabra Lopes graduated in Anthropology from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 1994. He completed his Master’s Degree in Anthropology: Heritage and Identities at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon in 1999 before defending his PhD degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2007.

In 2008, Seabra Lopes joined the SOCIUS-ISEG Research Centre in Economic and Organizational Sociology at the University of Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG-ULisboa), where he has since served as a post-doctoral research fellow focusing on sociological studies of finance and organizational ethnography. He is also assistant professor at the same Lisbon School of Economics and Management.
Seabra Lopes has published 17 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 2 conference proceedings, 7 book chapters and 1 authored book. Between 1998 and 2015, he participated in 4 research projects. Presently, Seabra Lopes coordinates 2 research projects. He is a social scientist, with a focus on the fields of sociology and anthropology. Thus far, Daniel Seabra Lopes interacted with 13 collaborators as co-authors of scientific work.

Sophie Dubuisson-QuellierSophie Dubuisson-Quellier’s research is situated in the field of economic sociology, and her focus is on the social construction of consumers and markets. Her aim is to understand how consumers’ economic behavior is progressively shaped by the relationship between business practice, government, and social movements. This research has led her to study businesses themselves, and more generally all market professionals (designers, consulting firms), in order to understand how they derive their view of consumer preferences such that they can then define and market their products. The other side of this coin is her research on the way social movements (fair trade, organic agriculture, environmental NGOs, anti-advertising and responsible consumption movements) empower consumers on both market and political spaces.

Please make sure to register before February 17, 2017 with Marina Abelskaïa-Graziani:

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David Gritz Scholarship

US Sciences Po Foundation - Deadline: 1 June 2017
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The David Gritz Scholarship was created to honor the memory of David Gritz, a student killed in a terrorist attack at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on July 31, 2002.

Created in 2012, the David Gritz Scholarship is meant to attract undergraduate and graduate Israeli citizens who wish to study at Sciences Po.é dans une attaque terroriste à l’Hebrew University de Jérusalem le 31 juillet 2002.


The Scholarship is awarded every year to one Israeli citizen. The candidates must be admitted to an undergraduate or a Masters program or have submitted an application for admission to Sciences Po.

The Value of the Scholarship

The David Gritz Scholarship carries a monetary value of $10,000 per year to be applied against Sciences Po’s tuition fees.

Application Process and Calendar

Applicants must send the following to, before June 1st.

    • Completed candidate information sheet
    • Candidate personal statement explaining motivation (1000 words)
    • 1 letter of recommendation

=> Download the Application Form 

The David Gritz Selection Committee is comprised of three members, one from each of the following organizations: Sciences Po, the US Sciences Po Foundation, and one external member with background in world affairs, business, finance, journalism, law, non-profits, science, or other relevant domains.

Contact : 

Caterina Sabbatini-Clec’h
+33 (0)1 45 49 55 46

Agathe Sarfati, the 2015 David Gritz Scholarship recipient states, after completing the first year of her Master: 
This year in Paris has been very intense. I have had the opportunity to focus on core fields in international security, most notably on the different branches of international public law, on intelligence, and security, giving me keys to better understand contemporary debates. In only a few months, I have improved my critical thinking, sharpened my arguments and deepened my understanding of complex issues. Not to forget that I have started to learn Arabic! I have also been volunteering as a French teacher to refugees in Paris thanks to the Sciences-Po Refugees Help Association. This volunteering program has anchored my passion in reality.
The richness of PSIA, thanks to its student body as well as to the quality of the teaching, has created an extremely intellectually stimulating environment that I am honored to be part of.

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