International and Interdisciplinary Initiative for Early-Career Scholars from the Global South …


International and Interdisciplinary Initiative for Early-Career Scholars from the Global South funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

25 May

The School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA, announces open applications for the 2024-2025 Summer Program in Social Science. Conducted in collaboration with the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and the Escuela de Estudios de Género (EEG) and Centro de Estudios (CES) at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, this innovative programme will take place over a two-year cycle, beginning with a two-week session in Princeton (18–29 June), followed by one week in mid-2024 at one of the two collaborating institutions in South Africa and Colombia, with continuous communication facilitated among the scholars throughout the two-year period. The programme will be led by Didier Fassin, James D Wolfensohn Professor in the Institute’s School of Social Science, in collaboration with Sarah Nuttall, Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Mara Viveros, Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Designed to draw together twenty early-career scholars from countries in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, the programme aims to enrich and expand the realm of the social sciences by confronting different intellectual traditions and perspectives; to facilitate and enhance interaction among various scientific disciplines and communities; and to strengthen international networks across continents. Fellows will pursue and present their own research projects during the programme. This research is expected to be at an advanced stage of development so as to render discussions of its object, method and conclusions richer, and intellectual interactions among the fellows more fruitful. Special attention will be paid to local contexts of production and global modalities of circulation of knowledge and the participants will be invited to exchange their research experiences. The purpose is to constitute a genuinely international and interdisciplinary network of social scientists from the Global South.

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The programme is open to scholars from all social sciences, including anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, economics, law and political science, as well as neighbouring disciplines such as philosophy, political theory and literary studies. All research themes are welcomed. The workshops will be held in English in Princeton and Johannesburg, and in Spanish in Bogotá. All transportation, meals and accommodation expenses for the participating scholars will be covered. Applications must be filed electronically through the Institute’s online application system by 15 September . The selection process will be completed by 1 November. Application instructions can be found here:

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– Author Department of Research and Innovation

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Part of the mural of the programme ‘Acciones culturales en calle’, Bogotá, 2024. Photo: Thierry Lulle