The seminar on Readings in the Social Sciences is animated by members of the École française de Rome (EFR) on a different theme each year. Deliberately broad, the topic chosen makes it possible to approach each month one aspect of the general problems facing the social sciences. Depending on the session, either the specific incidences of this problem in history or in archaeology are addressed (two of the disciplines the most represented at the EFR), or the participants venture into specialist areas of the social sciences which are less familiar to them
Each session is organized around a selection of texts of methodological or epistemological importance. Exchanges are conducted in a collegial and informal atmosphere, in which discussions play an important role. Occasionally external researchers are invited (French, Italian or of other nationalities) whose work is particularly relevant to that year’s theme.
These seminars are presented in a research notebook – hypotheses.org – on the following website: http://semefr.hypotheses.org/
The theme of the seminar on Readings in the Social Sciences for the year 2019-2020 is L’erreur / L’errore. It is coordinated by Bertrand Augier, Angela Cossu and Séverin Duc , members of the EFR.
The sessions are open and organized alternately in different premises of the EFR (the seminar room, the conference hall or the archaeological laboratory.
The following are the subjects which have been successively addressed since the creation of the seminar in 2002
2018-2019: Fragments, Fragmentations
2017-2018: To compare, comparison, comparatism
2015–2016: Preconceived opinions about things
2014–2015: Antonio Gramcsi, the laboratory of a work
2013–2014: Lost in translation: translating/interpeting
2012–2013: What has become of sovereignty?
2011–2012: What is the role of norms?
2010–2011: The public: space, sphere, opinion
2008–2009: Thinking about conflict
2007–2008: Individuals and structures
2006–2007: History and human sciences facing relativism
2005–2006: The use and abuse of sources
2003–2004: Individual, person, subject