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  • Paris

    Seminar - Asia

    Économie de waqf-habous : possession et circulation des propriétés en waqf en terre d’islam

    Economy and waqf-habous: possession and circulation of waqf properties in Islamic regions

    This seminar on waqf enters into its 3rd year. After having studied daily use of waqf, followed by the subject of networks of individuals connected to waqf in Islamic lands and other religious communities in those regions, in 2012-13, we are studying the economy and waqf. This is important in the sens that economic networks related to waqf reflect and reveal both the vertical and horizonatal depth of the contacts which are established with respect to waqf operations (rent of waqf properties, transfer of those properties, state politics in this respect) and the society in which they function. The documents studied in this seminar (judicial, legislative, literary) coming from Muslim majority regions but also from Europe where waqf is developing (United Kingdom, Austria, USA) will compose the program this year.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - Science studies

    History and Philosophy of Physics : The backstages of experiments

    Since the 1980s the history and philosophy of science has produced a number of studies about experiments, their aim, styles, intellectual and material components, and multiple disciplinary embedding. Measurement and its instruments have received special attention, as befits the central role they play in any quantitative science. Yet, save for cases in which measurement is the very purpose of experiment or in which it serves to isolate phenomena otherwise lost in noise, measurement processes rarely appear in the publication or in the ulterior discussions of an experiment. The metrological aspects remain in the backstage, for they are believed to be sufficiently shared and codified to elude contestation ; and yet their epistemic, social, and technical functions seem essential. The aim of this year’s seminar is to improve our understanding of these hidden metrological aspects of experiment.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - Science studies

    Algebra and Philosophy of Algebra at Modern Age

    Séminaire Mathematics at Modern Age

    The monthly workshop seminar “Early Modern Mathematics” invites researchers to present their work that deal with mathematics and philosophy of mathematics in the early modern period (1500-1750).The texts studied and the claims displayed by the authors are discussed in three-hours meetings. Questions occur during the talk in order to support discussion. Attention is paid to read and comment primary sources. Meetings of “bibliographical seminar” will be devoted to the discussion of a book with its author.The seminar is held in French and in English and is particularly intended for young scholars : Ph.D. and master students.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - Science studies

    Seminar Reading Mathematical Texts

    We read original sources and their translations, presented by their translator.
Texts this year will deal on the one hand on cultures of computations and on the other on the relations between mathematical texts and «texts of the practice» in commercial and administrative contexts.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - Science studies

    Mathematics and philosophy. 19th and 20th centuries

    Ce groupe de travail vise à constituer un espace informel de rencontre entre les doctorants de l’unité, dont les travaux de recherche portent sur le XIXe et le XXe, qu’ils soient historiens ou philosophes des mathématiques, et un lieu de discussion et d’échange avec des chercheurs, ainsi que des doctorants en mathématiques et des étudiants du Master.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - Europe

    Powers of the imagination. Historical approaches

    La notion d’imagination est aujourd’hui considérée comme un objet d’étude à part entière, après avoir longtemps été discréditée par la recherche scientifique. Néanmoins, dans la littérature moderne et contemporaine, l’imagination est généralement présentée de manière négative, comme une faculté mentale susceptible de provoquer l’erreur, l’illusion ou le péché. Nous voudrions aller à l’encontre de cette conception en étudiant une tradition intellectuelle et pratique alternative et méconnue. Depuis les XIIe-XIIIe siècles jusqu’au début du XIXe siècle, des penseurs et des praticiens appartenant à des diverses disciplines, s’exprimant depuis des positions institutionnelles variées, ont soutenu l’idée que l’imagination possède de grands pouvoirs.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - Science studies

    History of Science, History of Text

    The seminar "History of Science, History of Text" will mainly explore textual problems related to the ERC Project SAW – "Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World". The seminar will address the following issues regarding scientific sources: how textual sources bear witness to the social groups that produced them; How textual sources testify to knowledge; history of compilations  How actors structure their texts and knowledge into parts; how textual sources reflect the material environment in which they were produced.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - Science studies

    History and Philosophy of Mathematics (2012-2013)

    The seminar is the meeting point between different SPHERE teams that are interested in mathematics. It fosters dialogue between philosophers and historians of mathematics while focusing on textual sources.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - Science studies

    Philosophy and Physics

    The main ambition of the workgroup “Philosophie et Physique” is to combine certain aptitudes in history and philosophy of physics in an attempt to engage issues that may resonate with transversal philosophical research concerning, in particular, the nature of space and time. It seems to us that the twentieth-century transformations of the concept of space-time—which may even be abandoned once quantum theory and general relativity are unified—are fertile ground for such an enterprise. The search for quantum gravity poses technical and conceptual problems ; many physicists feel that such a theory is best developed by re-thinking the foundations of quantum mechanics and general relativity. It is in this spirit that we propose our research seminar, whose purpose is to examine the evolution of the concepts of space and time, from the introduction of Raumzeit by Minkowski in 1907-8 to modern theories (strings, loops, causal sets, non-commutative geometries) which—despite differences—seem to agree, in ways that will have to be clarified, on the disappearance of space-time.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - Science studies

    For a political history of sciences

    Issues, methods and questions

    Ce séminaire, ouvert aux étudiant-e-s de master, aux doctorant-e-s et aux chercheur-e-s, a une double ambition : faire le point sur les recherches et les perspectives historiographiques les plus récentes en histoire des sciences et réunir des spécialistes d'histoire des sciences et des spécialistes venu-e-s d’autres horizons. En alternant des séances méthodologiques à des présentations de travaux en cours, l’objectif est de placer l'histoire des sciences au cœur des questionnements historiographiques actuels afin d’élaborer en commun de nouvelles perspectives de recherches.

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  • London

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - Europe

    Research Developer

    King's College London-Digital Humanities (CeRch)

    The Centre for e-Research (CeRch) is seeking a Research Developer in dynamic web development including implementation of front-end interfaces. The Researcher will work across two major European Commission funded research infrastructure projects: the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) (www.ehri-project.eu) and Data Service Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and the Humanities (Dasish) (www.dasish.eu) projects. Her/his role will be to analyse research practices and translate and implement these in a Virtual Research Environment and research registries.

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  • Mainz

    Call for papers - Epistemology and methodology

    Music Encoding Conference 2013

    Concepts, Methods, Editions

    Music encoding is now a prominent feature of various areas in musicology and music librarianship. The encoding of symbolic music data provides a foundation for a wide range of scholarship, and over the last several years, has garnered a great deal of attention in the digital humanities. This conference intends to provide an overview of the current state of data modeling, generation, and use, and aims to introduce new perspectives on topics in the fields of traditional and computational musicology, music librarianship, and scholarly editing, as well as in the broader area of digital humanities. You are cordially invited to participate in the Music Encoding Conference 2013 – Concepts, Methods, Editions, to be held 22-24 May, 2013, at the Mainz Academy for Literature and Sciences in Mainz, Germany.

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  • Poitiers

    Call for papers - Sociology

    Territories and local networks

    The theoretical and methodological perspectives of social sciences?

    L’approche locale d’une institution, d'un mouvement ou d’un fait social renvoie à des conceptions différentes de la construction des objets de recherche en sciences sociales. À l’intersection de plusieurs disciplines (sociologie, géographie sociale, anthropologie etsciences politiques…), ce colloque propose de faire l’état des lieux des méthodes de recherche actuelles permettant de saisir les dimensions spatiales des phénomènes sociaux.

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  • Grenoble

    Study days - Urban studies

    Road and track side gardens - yes or no?

    Cette journée d’étude propose de mettre en débat les rôles des jardins familiaux situés en bord de route et de voie ferrée autour de cinq exposés de chercheurs et / ou de praticiens, chacun suivi d’un débat avec des acteurs du territoire grenoblois et national. Cinq grandes thématiques seront ici questionnées : les ambiances, l’écologie, la sociologie, l’économie et la pollution des jardins familiaux.

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  • Paris

    Lecture series - Language

    Towards a typology of the systems of time and aspect

    Collège de France conferences

    M. Pier Marco Bertinetto, professeur à l'École normale supérieure de Pise (Italie), invité par l’Assemblée des professeurs, sur la proposition du professeur Carlo Ossola, titulaire de la chaire de Littérature modernes de l'Europe néolatine, donnera une série de leçons sur les sujets suivants : « Vers une typologie des systèmes de temps et d'aspect ». 

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  • Villeneuve-d'Ascq

    Study days - Europe

    Creating history (2012-2013) - writing and history in the digital age

    Écriture et histoire à l’heure du numérique

    Cette année, le séminaire est consacré à l’étude des supports divers de l’histoire, les différentes formes de son incarnation : la peinture et la photographie autour de la forme du portrait, la musique autour de la forme historique / historienne – s’il en est – qu’est le rock’n roll, le théâtre, le cinéma, la modélisation (cartographie, arts plastiques) mais aussi les humanités numériques avec une séance organisée autour de la création du livre numérique, création « en recherche » et en « art » : puisque le digital a pour vocation d’accueillir simultanément des éditions nouvelles de livres anciens et des œuvres contemporaines. Chaque fois, ces  différentes représentations visuelles de l’histoire seront abordées en regard de la recherche les concernant qui s’accomplit en histoire et en littérature et en collaboration avec un artiste invité qui en présente la vivante incarnation.

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  • Paris

    Study days - Sociology

    "People aren't born academic..."

    Thinking practices and positioning in the sociology of arts and culture

    Quel sociologue n'a jamais douté de sa légitimité scientifique ? Face à des collègues, à des proches, à son objet ou à son texte, le moment arrive toujours où l'on s'interroge sur le bien-fondé de sa recherche, la fiabilité de sa méthode, l'utilité de ses résultats. Le chercheur est sans cesse soumis au doute : la certitude étant l'ennemie de la science, comment ne pas s'en réjouir ? Être scientifique, c'est poser un regard spécifique sur un objet, un terrain ; c'est aussi, en amont et en aval du travail de recherche, analyser sa pratique et prendre toute la mesure de sa posture.  

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  • Dublin | Maynooth

    Conference, symposium - Europe

    Realising the opportunities of digital humanities

    The focus of this event is to engage academia, industry, cultural institutions and public bodies to identify the key research challenges in digital humanities, and to further build the academic-industry partnerships that will enable adoption of digital humanities skills, technologies and tools. This focus will extend to the innovative use of digital humanities technologies in the public sector demonstrating social benefit, such as the digitisation of the Irish census and the use of open linked public data.

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  • Luxembourg City

    Call for papers - Modern

    Multi.Pluri.Trans. Emerging Fields in Educational Ethnography

    The conference picks up recent tendencies in ethnographic research that respond to the diversifying social conditions of educational practice by addressing issues such as the translocality and pluricentricity, the multilingual, intercultural as well as multimodal nature of educational realities and the complex relations between local practices and national / global transformations and policies in the fields of education and social work. In different formats of contributions we will present and discuss theoretical and methodological conceptualizations, empirical research findings, as well as questions of research practice and methods.

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  • Paris

    Seminar - History

    Oral history, oral archives and oral memory

    What if we added images to sound?

    Programme du séminaire de Florence Descamps à l'EPHE sur l'histoire orale et les archives orales. La deuxième partie du séminaire comportera un module de quatre séances consacré à l'utilisation de l'entretien filmé en histoire. L'histoire orale peut-elle se cantonner à la parole enregistrée ? Ne doit-elle pas apprivoiser également la caméra ? Quels sont les apports de la parole filmée et de l'image animée ? Peut-on définir des « bonnes pratiques » pour l'entretien fimé en histoire et plus largement en sciences humaines et sociales ?

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