Key Seminar

Organisation: Gabriel Bartl, Moritz Gansen, Daniela Heimpel, Patricia HertelAurelia Peyrical, Jakob Vogel

The research seminar lies at the core of the Centre Marc Bloch’s scientific policy. Open to any interested outsider, it will serve as the forum for prioritising exchanges between researchers at the CMB. On-going projects are presented and discussed from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. Regularly hosted by visiting researchers, the research seminar is also a forum for exchange with other scientific institutions.

At each session, a research project is subject to collective discussion. The exchanges that these interventions give rise to will nourish the theoretical, methodological, and thematic reflection on issues researched by the human and social sciences. Bringing together the CMB’s different research perspectives, it benefits scientific exchanges across and beyond disciplinary divides and national research traditions.

The research seminar is held from 10h to 12h every fortnight, except during the inter-semestrial break (from mid-February to mid-April). Each speaker is assigned forty to forty-five minutes. Each speaker, whether communicating, discussing or participating at the proceedings, can express himself/herself in the language of their choice (French, German, or English).

Program for the winter semester 2022-2023:


14.11.2022 | 10.00–12.00
Roberto Dagnino: La Vierge Néerlandaise: exploration d’une icône oubliée
With: Roberto Dagnino (CMB/Université de Strasbourg)
Commentary: Siegfried Weichlein (Universität Freiburg Schweiz)
Location: [hybrid] George Simmel-Saal, CMB & Online

28.11.2022 | 10.00–12.00
Véronique Le Ru: La difficile cohabitation dans un milieu vivant
With: Véronique Le Ru (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, CIRLEP)
Commentary: tbc
Location: Ort: [hybrid] Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB & Online

12.12.2022 | 10.00–12.00
Wolfgang Knöbl: Zur Theoretisierung sozialer Prozesse in den Sozialwissenschaften
With: Wolfgang Knöbel (Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung)
Commentary: Jürgen Kocka (FU Berlin)
Location: [hybrid] Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB & Online

16.01.2023 | 10.00–12.00
Elena Esposito:The Future of Prediction: The Social Consequences of Algorithmic Forecast in Insurance, Medicine and Policing
With: Elena Esposito (Universität Bielefeld/Università di Bologna)
Commentary: Camille Roth (CMB)
Location: [hybrid] Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB & Online

30.01.2023 | 10.00–12.00
Frédéric Mérand: Un sociologue à la Commission européenne
With: Frédéric Mérand (Université de Montréal)
Commentary: tbc
Location: [hybrid] Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB & Online

13.02.2023 | 10.00–12.00
Caspar Hirschi: Pluralistische Expertise: Zur Vielfalt der Expertenkulturen in Geschichte und Gegenwart
With: Caspar Hirschi (Universität St. Gallen)
Commentary: Silvia von Steinsdorff (HU Berlin)
Location: [hybrid] Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB & Online