Summer Program in Social Science
An International and Interdisciplinary Initiative
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Fellowships for Scholars (2015-2017)
The School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, in collaboration with the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, organized a Summer Program in Social Science which began in 2015. This innovative program took place over a three-year cycle, with two weeks the first year in Princeton, one week the second year in Paris, and one week the third year in Uppsala. Designed specifically for junior scholars from Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America,the program was open to all disciplines in the social sciences, including anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, economics, law and political science as well as neighboring disciplines, such as philosophy, political theory and literary criticism. The purpose was to constitute a genuinely international and interdisciplinary network of social scientists from regions of the world traditionally not well-represented in the three institutions involved in the program.
Fellows of the Summer Program in Social Science pursued their own research projects during the period of the program. This research could have been related to the theme of the cycle: “Inequalities and Differences,” but these were also projects unrelated to the theme. The research was expected to be at an advanced stage of its development so as to render discussions of its object, method and conclusions richer and intellectual interactions among fellows more fruitful. Each cycle included nineteen scholars from the three regions mentioned.
The overall ambition of the Summer Program in Social Science is to enrich and expand the realm of the social sciences through the confrontation of different intellectual traditions and perspectives, to facilitate and enhance the dialogue between various scientific disciplines and communities, and to strengthen international networks between the global South and global North. Professor Didier Fassin, at the Institute for Advanced Study, led the Summer Program in Social Science. Professor Nancy L. Green was the corresponding coordinator at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Professor Björn Wittrock was the corresponding coordinator at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. The program was supported by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfund, the Wolfensohn Family Foundation, and the three participating institutions.
Ash Amin, University of Cambridge
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