Bordeaux, France

Social Science Education in Globalization

online course
when 14 June 2021 - 18 June 2021
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 36

This unique summer school in France and the French-speaking world explores epistemological, historical and educational reflections that integrate the consequences of postcolonial approaches both in the training and scientific mediation of social and human sciences. Ultimately, the course questions the North vs. South divide in the face of globalization.

Target group

The course is designed for Master and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral students and young researchers in the field of social sciences.

Language requirements: classes, discussions and group work will be in French and English. Candidates should have at least a B2 level or equivalent in both languages.

Candidates must provide a CV and cover letter detailing their motivations for attending the summer school and its purpose within their intellectual and professional practices. A declaration of sufficient proficiency in written and spoken English will be necessary. A commented list of theoretical references, research categories, teachings and scientific mediation in the candidate’s academic discipline as well as their own references (syllabus, text book table of contents, etc.) are also required.

Course aim

The globalization of social sciences began as early as the end of the 19th century, including in colonial and extra-Western contexts, taking into account colonial, anti-colonial and nationalist perspectives.

From an early stage, the question was posed as to whether the social sciences were indeed universal in their capacity to reflect upon modernity and the changes of modernization or whether, because of their Western-centric perspective and original evolutionism, they were blind to the effects of the coloniality of power and knowledge.

For this reason, following postcolonial and decolonial critiques, and even as Western social sciences remain dominant in terms of resources and academic influence, discussions continue about the critical reflexivity of social sciences concerning the non-hegemonic conditions of the production, circulation and appropriation of knowledge in a world marked by the experience of common issues, by the inequalities in exposure to these issues and by the differences in points of view regarding them.

Social science training, whether through teaching, research or scientific mediation devices (museums, documentaries, digital resources) represents a central space for this critical reflexivity, both in the global North and the global South. Consequently, discussions throughout this online Bordeaux Summer School are oriented around questions such as:

1) Are the categories, concepts and authors of the disciplinary “canons” forged in the global North valid throughout the world or do they convey a Western-centric view of reality?

2) Are the categories, concepts and authors of the disciplinary "canons" forged in the global South more relevant to describe the realities of the South and can they contribute to increasing common disciplinary tools, including for northern contexts?

Fee info

EUR 36: Participation fee: 36€ for participants from low income countries, incl. VAT.
EUR 120: Participation fee: 120€ for other participants, incl. VAT.