2016 Speaker Series

2016 Speaker Series

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The Summer School's Speaker Series is an opportunity for participants from all academic tracks to interact with a variety of public and academic figures from the Sciences Po community and French society . These four conferences allow participants to discuss key issues with experts and thus further their understanding of France and Europe.

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June session

  • Pascal Brice, of the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless People (OFPRA), on the French asylum policy
  • Vincent-Antonin Lépinay, professor at Sciences Po, on changing urban food cultures

July session

  • Justin Vaïsse, of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry, on French diplomacy
  • Nonna Mayer, Research Director Emerita at Sciences Po, on French National Front party voters

Our Speakers

Pascal Brice

Pascal Brice, Executive Director of the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless People (OFPRA), will address the French asylum policy. A graduate of both Sciences Po and the renowned Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Pascal Brice has worked for the French diplomatic service for 20 years. Since 2012, he has led the OFPRA, a public institution whose mission is to rule independently on asylum claims.

Vincent-Antonin Lépinay

Vincent-Antonin Lepinay, professor at the Sciences Po’s department of sociology and at the Médialab, will speak at the Summer School on the subject: "Eating Out in the City: How urban life influences food culture." Over the course of an academic career which has unfolded between the US, Russia and France in the fields of anthropology, history and sociology, he has worked on a variety of subjects such as science, finance and art. Most recently, his research has focused on developing organizational theory, social theory and new digital humanities.

Justin Vaïsse

Justin Vaïsse, a French historian and Director of Policy Planning at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will speak with our students about French diplomacy. In his role at the Ministry, he advises on his strategic decisions and provides background analysis and forecasts on international affairs. Prior to this appointment, Justin Vaïsse was at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he served as the Director of Research for the Center on the United States and Europe and a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy, initiating several projects analysing European policies. He is the author or co-author of numerous books on the United States, including Neoconservatism – The Biography of a Movement.

Nonna Mayer

Nonna Mayer, a CNRS Research Director Emerita at Sciences Po’s Centre d’études européennes and a key figure in the study of right wing extremism in France, will address the topic: The changing profile of the French Front national voters between 2012 and 2017. She has chaired the French Political Science Association (Association française de science politique) since 2005, and is also the coordinator of this association’s group on electoral studies, FEEL (Futur des études électorales). She is the editor of the series "Contester" at the Presses de Sciences Po, which focuses on changes in modes of collective action. Her main research topics are centered on political attitudes and behaviour, right-wing extremism, racism and anti-Semitism.

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