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Why and how to do comparative studies? The practice and research designs of comparison in the social sciences

La comparaison, pour quoi faire ? Stratégies et pratiques de recherche en science sociales

Bordeaux Summer School

École thématique internationale du CNRS

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Published on Monday, March 11, 2013 by Élodie Faath

Summary

This international summer school departs from a paradox. Whereas an increasing number of scholars take comparison as a key dimension of their research design – a trend stimulated by several factors such as European integration, globalization, and the demands of international institutions such as the European Union or the OECD -, only a few number of training programs really take up the challenge of helping researchers to build comparisons. In order to fill this gap, we propose to bring together comparatists from various disciplines of the social sciences. We hope that an interdisciplinary setting will encourage the participants to compare and confront their analytical and methodological approaches. Particular interest will be devoted to the various forms of comparison: between nations, regions or political entities, between social groups and historical periods.

Announcement

Presentation

Each session of the Bordeaux Summer School will be divided into two parts. First, a senior researcher will give a lecture on the topic.

This lecture will be followed by a debate with the (junior) participants.

Second, we will organize small-group workshops so that each participant has the opportunity to present his/her research and the corresponding (comparative) methodology.

Here again, each presentation will be followed by a discussion with the audience and the senior researchers.

Program

MONDAY, 10 JUNE

14.00 Welcome & Arrival at the Domaine de Françon Biarritz)

17.00 -18.30 OPENING LECTURE

  • PATRICK HASSENTEUFEL (UNIVERSITY OF VERSAILLES-SAINT-QUENTIN, FRANCE)

18.30 -19.15 INTRODUCTION TO THE SUMMER SCHOOL

TUESDAY, 11 JUNE

9.00 - 11.15 HISTORICIZING COMPARISONS

  • STEFANO BARTOLINI (EUI FLORENCE, ITALY)
  • NANCY GREEN (EHESS, FRANCE)

11.15 -11.45 Coffee/tea break

11.45 -13.00 WORKSHOPS

13.00 -14.30 Lunch

14.30 -16.00 THE POLITICS OF COMPARING

  • JEAN-CLAUDE BARBIER (PARIS I – SORBONNE UNIVERSITY, FRANCE)

16.00 -16.30 Coffee/tea break

16.30 -18.30 WORKSHOPS

WEDNESDAY, 12 JUNE

9.00 -11.15 THE SOURCES OF COMPARISONS

  • GENEVIÈVE SELLIER (BORDEAUX III UNIVERSITY)

11.15 -11.45 Coffee/tea break

11.45 -13.00 WORKSHOPS

13.00 -14.30 Lunch

15.00 Guided Tour of Biarritz

19.00 Reception and Dinner

21.00 CINEMA & COMPARISON

THURSDAY, 13 JUNE

9.00 -11.15 BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN QUALITATIVE & QUANTITATIVE COMPARATIVE METHODS

  • WENDY OLSEN (MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY, UK)
  • VIVIANE LE HAY (SCIENCES PO BORDEAUX)

11.15 -11.45 Coffee/tea break

11.45 -13.00 WORKSHOPS

13.00 -14.30 Lunch

14.30 -16.00 PROXIMITY & DISTANCE BETWEEN CASES

  • JULIE POLLARD (LAUSANNE UNIVERSITY, SWITZERLAND)

16.00 -16.30 Coffee/tea break

16.30 -18.30 WORKSHOPS

FRIDAY, 14 JUNE

9.00 -10.30 COMPARISON & WRITING

  • EMILIE COURTIN (LSE, UK),
  • BLEUWENN LECHAUX (RENNES UNIVERSITY),
  • ELISE ROULLAUD (LYON UNIVERSITY)
  • MARIANNE WOOLLVEN (ENS LYON, FRANCE)

10.30 -10.45 Coffee/tea break

10.45 – 12.15 ROUND-TABLE: HOW TO SET UP COMPARATIVE PROJECTS IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT?

  • ANDY SMITH (SCIENCES PO BORDEAUX) & ANOTHER RESEARCHER

12.15 -12.45 CONCLUSIONS OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL

12.45 -14.15 Lunch

14.15 -15.45 CLOSING LECTURE

16.00 End of the Summer School

Application guidelines

Form to be sent along with your scientific application file at the following email address: ecole.comparaison@gmail.com

before March 22, 2013.

The scientific application file should include:

  •  A curriculum vitae with the most important publications (2 pages max.);
  •  A summary of your comparative researches (800 words);
  • A brief presentation on the issues or questions that you would like to discuss with the other participants (2 pages max.)

For more information, please visit our website at: http://sites.google.com/site/summerschoolcomparison2013

Academic board and organizing committee

  • Magali della SUDDA, Mathias DELORI, Antoine ROGER, Cécile VIGOUR (Centre Émile Durkheim / Sciences Po Bordeaux)
  • Julie VOLDOIRE (MSH Nantes / Centre Émile Durkheim / Sciences Po Bordeaux)
  • Céline THIRIOT (Les Afriques dans le monde / Sciences Po Bordeaux)
  • Laure DE VERDALLE (Printemps / UVSQ)

 

Places

  • Domaine de Françon
    Biarritz, France (64)

Date(s)

  • Friday, March 22, 2013

Keywords

  • comparaison, méthodologie, jeux d'échelles, cas, variables, monographie, écriture, historicité, sciences sociales

Information source

  • Cécile Vigour
    courriel : c [dot] vigour [at] sciencespobordeaux [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Why and how to do comparative studies? The practice and research designs of comparison in the social sciences », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, March 11, 2013, https://calenda.org/240779

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