Key Seminar

Organisation: Jakob VogelMoritz GansenPatricia HertelAurelia PeyricalFabien Theofilakis, Judith Hardt

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 2021:

- Meetings will be held online and at the CMB this semester -

Due to limited space, registration is required at anmeldung(at)


25.04.2022 | 10.00–12.00
Martina King: Von Jenners Kuhpocken bis zur mRNA-Vakzine: Impfen als Heil und Horror
With: Martina King (Universität Freiburg Schweiz)
Commentary: Pascal Grosse (Charité Berlin)
Location: Hybrid (Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB / Zoom)

02.05.2022 | 10.00–12.00
Gilles Dorronsoro: Gouvernement transnational, anthropologie imaginaire et usages de la violence en Afghanistan (2001-2021)
With:Gilles Dorronsoro (Paris I – Sorbonne)
Commentary: Klaus Schlichte (Universität Bremen)
Location: Hybrid (Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB / Zoom)

16.05.2022 | 10.00–12.00
Silvia Sebastiani: Orang-Utans and the Borders of Humanity in the Enlightenment
With: Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS)
Commentary: Andreas Mayer (EHESS / Centre Marc Bloch)
Location: Hybrid (Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB / Zoom)

30.05.2022 | 10.00–12.00
Andrej Holm: Berliner Wohnungspolitik
With: Andrej Holm (HU Berlin)
Commentary: Christine Barwick (Centre Marc Bloch)
Location: Hybrid (Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB / Zoom)

13.06.2022 | 10.00–12.00
Pierre Charbonnier: De la paix perpétuelle à la guerre climatique
With: Pierre Charbonnier (Sciences Po, Paris)
Location: Hybrid (Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB / Zoom)

27.06.2022 | 10.00–12.00
Elena Esposito: The Social Consequences of Algorithmic Forecast in Insurance, Medicine and Policing
With: Elena Esposito (Universität Bielefeld/Università di Bologna)
Commentary: Camille Roth (Centre Marc Bloch)
Location: Hybrid (Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB / Zoom)

11.07.2022 | 10.00–12.00
Masha Cerovic, Martin Aust: Discours de guerre et les objectifs de guerre russes (1939-2022)
With: Masha Cerovic (EHESS), Martin Aust (Universität Bonn)
Location: Hybrid (Germaine-Tillion-Saal, CMB / Zoom)