Séminaire doctoral

The OSC support to doctoral students will pursue four main objectives:
- reinforce the on-going training of doctoral students,
- support personal and academic development during the thesis period,
- coordinate the “comités de suivi”, and
- strengthen the capacity of doctoral students to participate to international academic life.

The two pillars of this strategy are the weekly OSC scientific seminars (every Friday) and the doctoral workshops. In particular, the doctoral coordinator, Emanuele Ferragina, will work on the second pillar, directly proposing and coordinating a series of training sessions for all OSC doctoral (and visiting) students. We would also like to include a series of activities directly organised by doctoral students.

During the year we are going to organise the following activities:
- Improve your draft/Improve your presentation skills,
- Sessions organised by doctoral students around activities they deem to be vital for their training and professional/intellectual development. E.g. workshop to apply for an ATER, how to target a review, invitation of a researcher to discuss about her/his work and employed methodology.
- General Sessions with specific training on certain research-related issues (e.g. epistemology, the problem of causation, data visualization).
We will also propose a two-day intensive workshop on English academic writing lead by Haley McAvay.

Sessions (duration 2h)

  • 6 November 2020 - Session 1
    Olivier Godechot: “Epistemology and Social Sciences”.
  • 27 November 2020 - Session 2
    Paper Presentation (Presenter: Marta Facchini, Discussant Angela Greulich).
  • 11 December 2020 - Session 3
    Zachary Van Winkle: “Effective Data Visualization”.
  • 22 January 2021 - Session 4
    Session organised & coordinated by Marta Veljkovic & Mathéa Boudinet: “Applying for an ATER: Some practical tips”.
  • 5 February 2021 - Session 5
    Session organised & coordinated by Agnès Van Zanten, Jen Schradie & Alice Olivier: “Fieldwork during the Covid-19 crisis: Experience from the field”.
  • 19 February 2021, Session 6
    Paper Presentation (To Be Determined).
  • 5 March 2021 - Session 7
    Carlo Barone: “Causation”.
  • 19 March 2021 - Session 8
    Session organised & coordinated by Mirna Safi & Emanuele Ferragina: “How to Find a Job?”
  • 9 April 2021 - Session 9
    Session of Informal Discussion: “Approaching and completing my doctoral thesis: Timing, barriers, structure”.
  • 23 April 2021 - Session 10
    Paper presentation (Presenter: Laura Silva, Discussant: To Be Determined).

To be determined: Workshop of Academic English Writing (with Haley MacHavey).


- Max Weber, Objectivité de la connaissance dans les sciences politiques et sociales, 1904.
- Arthur L. Stinchcombe, Constructing Social Theories, 1968.
- Deborah G. Mayo, Error and the Growth of Experimental knowledge, 1996.
- Karl Popper, The logic of scientific discovery, 1959.

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