Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry


Christophe Jalil NORDMAN



Start Date: May, 2014
Status: Ongoing

Project Details

Department Social Sciences
Funding Agency(ies)


Pondicherry University







Team Christophe Jalil NORDMAN
Email winterschoolpy AT gmail DOT com

Project Description

The Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry (SSWSP) is a multi-year programme of intensive and multidisciplinary training workshops addressing theoretical and methodological issues in social sciences research. The SSWSP originates from an Indo-French cooperation in social sciences between the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) and Pondicherry University. The school provides each and every one with the opportunity of knowledge transfer, sharing experiences and research ideas.


This SSWSP has three main objectives:

  • To create a highly efficient tool in research capacity-building;
  • To strengthen the Indo-French cooperation in research in India, through the creation of an academic network of researchers in India and France working on South Asia;
  • To consolidate a community of young scholars in India.

Tangible results and outcomes are provided:

  • Development of a website in English (with digital resources);
  • Validation through delivery of certificates upon completion of the training;
  • Editing and dissemination of a scientific, pedagogical and technical booklet.


The training runs through five consecutive days and is articulated around two poles: the plenary sessions and the methodological workshops, as detailed below:

  • The plenary sessions: for one day (December 3rd 2018) there will be four talks, presented by experienced researchers from both Europe and India. The aim is to present the state-of-the-art, and overview of the theoretical and methodological issues on a particular research topic.
  • The methodological workshops: for the following three full days (December 4th 2018-December 6th 2018), three workshops à la carte for around 50 trainees are devoted to tutorials. It will discuss theoretical models, text analysis, analytical tools, survey methods, data collection and analysis, etc.
  • Project restitution: the training ends (December 7th 2018) with a half-day of knowledge restitution, under the form of a simulated research project designed by each group and putting to practice what they have learnt, and the delivery of certificates to participants.


A theme is chosen every year as a guideline throughout the training workshop. We have identified several possible cross-cutting themes and sub-topics in the field of social sciences: mobility (migrations, social networks, globalization), environmental health (emerging diseases, health governance, public policies), vulnerabilities (social, economic, and ecological), inequalities and social change, gender studies, urban studies.


The team of trainers is multidisciplinary and international, composed according to the chosen theme, while taking into account the availability of local human resources: IFP (about 5-6 permanent research scholars) and Pondicherry University (senior scientists). Other trainers are solicited from various French and international institutions.

For more information on these objectives, visit the website of the Winter School in Pondicherry.

2014 edition

For the 2014 Edition, the following theme had been chosen: “Health and Societal challenges: Methodological Approaches in Social Sciences.” Four parallel workshops were coordinated by four international teams of academics: Access to health care services and globalization (Workshop 1); Impact assessment of public policies and development programmes (Workshop 2); Analysis of sanitary controversies (Workshop 3); Outside the archive! Repositioning histories of science, technology and medicine (Workshop 4).

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2016 edition

For the 2016 Edition, the following theme had been chosen: “Mobility and Social Dynamics". It was held from November 28 to December 2, 2016, at the Pondicherry University and at the French Institute of Pondicherry.

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2017 edition

For the 2017 Edition, the following theme has been chosen: “Water and Socio-Environmental Challenges". It was held from December 4th to 8th, 2017, at the Pondicherry University and at the French Institute of Pondicherry.

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2018 edition

For the 2018 Edition, the following theme has been chosen: “Labour and Development". It was held from December 3rd to 7th, 2018, at the Pondicherry University and at the French Institute of Pondicherry.

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