Presentation and Aims
This seminar will allow various members of the laboratory to gather once a month, without restrictions on their academic position, or the geographical region, discipline, or period on which they focus. Together we will read work in progress submitted by, in priority, PhD students, postdocs, and early career researchers attached to the laboratory. The multiplication of viewpoints and approaches will help to improve the texts presented during the seminar. By creating a space for academic dialogue for and with specialists from the geographical areas represented we hope to facilitate a crucial but often neglected step in the process of doctoral or post-doctoral research: writing the dissertation or a first article.
Feedback has been unanimous as to the profitability of these sessions. We also hope to make this seminar a space which, by combining intellectual rigour and informal functioning, will combat the relative isolation which often characterizes the period of the PhD, and the geographical and disciplinary cloistering which might affect some members of the laboratory
The Seminar’s Procedure
The author submits a text to the organizers one week before the date of the seminar. The organizers are then responsible for circulating the text amongst members of the laboratory interested in participating, who undertake not to diffuse the text outside the seminar without explicit permission from its author.
The type of text eligible includes introductions or chapters from PhD dissertations, and future articles or contributions to collected volumes. While we do not wish to fix a strict word limit in advance, the authors should take care to propose texts of a reasonable length (30 pp. maximum). The text should be prefaced by a short presentation (mini CV, type of text, elements to contextualize it, disciplinary particularities, sources used, intended public, etc.). The text should, without necessarily being a definitive version, be at an advanced stage: the aim is to arrive, at the end of the seminar and after any revisions possibly suggested, at a final version.
As the text has been circulated and read by the participants beforehand, the author does not present his text at the beginning of the seminar. After the organizing committee has reminded the participants of the seminar’s code of conduct, that session’s discussant will evoke the significance of the text, and discuss and criticize it constructively, in less than ten minutes. After this the author can offer a first response. The discussion is then opened to all participants.
These monthly sessions will take place the first Thursday of the month at the CRCAO, in its Cardinal Lemoine or Condorcet locations. They will last between 60 and 90 minutes, between 11am and half past twelve, that is to say just before lunch, which will allow for discussions to be continued over a meal by those participants who wish to do so.
The Seminar’s Code of Conduct
The principle role of the organizing committee is to ensure that the seminar takes place in a friendly and collegial atmosphere. One committee member will have the task of co-ordinating participants’ interventions. Criticism must be both concrete and constructive, as the sole aim of the seminar is to improve the text presented and to encourage its author. Any intervention, question, or comment, must be formulated helpfully, and cannot be an overly long monologue or display of knowledge.
This seminar is an internal laboratory seminar, but it may be opened to external discussants or participants when, and only when, this is demanded by the author(s) of the texts submitted.