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The railway sector in globalization. Between national specificities and transnational dynamics

Le secteur des transports ferroviaires dans la mondialisation. Entre spécificités nationales et dynamiques transnationales

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Published on Monday, September 16, 2013


L'UVSQ et l'UMR Printemps, en association avec divers laboratoires CNRS, organisent les 12 et 13 décembre prochains, deux journées d'études sur les restruturations des transports ferroviaires dans le monde. Ces deux journées ont aussi pour objectif de jeter les bases d'un réseau international de recherche International Railways Studies.


Call to set up an international research network, International Workshop IRS (International Railway Studies), 12 and 13 December 2013, Université Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Presentation of the IRS network

In February 2013, several social scientists met in Paris and decided to launch a call in order to build up a network : IRS. This network aims to study the railway sector in a large sense, its various national and transnational configurations, as well as its dynamics.

The objective of the IRS network, now supported by several laboratories associated with the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) is to encourage exchange and dialogue between sociologists, political scientists, historians, economists and other social scientists who, in many countries attempt to analyze restructuring that affected the "worlds" of railway transport in recent decades. Our network is also open to stakeholders in the railway sector : state officials, representatives of local authorities, railway business management, trade unions, etc.


In order to give our network an international dimension and encourage systematic comparisons we will organize on 12 and 13 December at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (near Paris) an international workshop to be held in French, English and Spanish with two parts.

The first part will be an opportunity to present and discuss communications connected to the various issues proposed below. Communications will aim at presenting recent research works on the railway sector or at reviewing the state of the researches in a country. We suggest grouping the questions under 5 main issues:

  • Macroeconomic policies and national dynamics of railway restructuring
  • Railway and regional planning
  • Management and dynamics of work, employment, occupations and industrial relations
  • Role of professional, political and managing elites in transformation of the sector
  • Users, customers, consumers, citizens: redefining the stereotypes of passengers / shippers and regulating services.

The second part of our two day workshop will be to discuss organization of an international conference that will probably take place during 2014.

How to participate in the workshop ?

Send us a proposal of 1500 characters to <ferinterfrance@gmail.com>

before 20 September 2013,

in English, French or Spanish.

You will recive an answer before September 30th.

The program will be finalised on October 15th at the latest.

Organizing Committee

  • Dominique ANDOLFATTO (U. de Bourgogne)
  • Isabelle BESSE (UVSQ - Printemps)
  • Jacqueline de BONY (CNRS - LISE)
  • Hervé CHAMPIN (ENS Cachan / CNRS - IDHE)
  • Marnix DRESSEN (UVSQ - Printemps)
  • Laurent DUTAILLIS
  • Jean FINEZ (Lille 1 - Clersé)
  • Nadia HILAL (Docteure en science politique)
  • Tristan HUCHON (M2 recherche en sociologie UVSQ)
  • Julien KUBIAK (UVSQ - Printemps)
  • Emmanuelle LADA (INED)
  • Alexandre LARGIER (SNCF)
  • Christophe PUIGVENTOS (RATP)
  • Georges RIBEILL (AHICF)
  • Martin THIBAULT (Université de Limoges - Gresco)


  • Suivre le fléchage à l'entrée - 47 boulevard Vauban
    Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France (78)


  • Friday, September 20, 2013


  • ferroviaire, industries à réseaux, globalisation, restructuration des services publics


  • Marnix Dressen
    courriel : ferinterfrance [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jean Finez
    courriel : journees [dot] reep [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Marnix Dressen
    courriel : ferinterfrance [at] gmail [dot] com


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« The railway sector in globalization. Between national specificities and transnational dynamics », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, September 16, 2013, https://calenda.org/259447

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