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State Transformation, Politization of Societies, and Institutionalization of Social Issues

As contemporary social science tends to hyper-specialize, TEPSIS LabEx aims to establish the foremost French and European platform for national and international research in the historical and social sciences of politics. It focuses on the various modes of political involvement in the polity and in societies. It combines the analysis of the governmental and administrative modes of modern and contemporary societies with the analysis of the social practices that are transforming the organizational and regulatory forms of human activity. TEPSIS is part of the Paris Novi Mundi University (PNMU) project, led by the PRES1 héSam2. It brings together researchers and teams from 13 joint research units (UMR, Unités mixtes de recherche) associated with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Centre national de la recherche scientifique) – all of which are assigned A+ or A ratings by the Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education (AERES, Agence d’évaluation de la recherche et de l’enseignement supérieur) – and from the National School of Administration (ENA, Ecole nationale d’administration) research center.

TEPSIS’ program revolves around three main issues: 1° State Transformation; 2° Politization of Societies; 3° Institutionalization of Social Issues. These issues are divided into nine teaching and research themes, led by interdisciplinary teams from several joint research units: Historicity of the State; State Weaknesses; Politics Within and Beyond the State; Political Timescales, Territorial Discontinuity, and Mobilizations; Ordinary Relations to Politics; Legitimacy and Delegitimation of Elites; Political Construction of Subjectivities; Social Order Structuring; Social Differentiations and Inequalities. The three main issues are further divided into two federative transversal operations: the Encyclopedia of the Historical and Social Sciences of Politics, which materializes the joint work of TEPSIS teams; and the Descriptive Repertory of Politics, a continuously developing database and the first/foremost international monitoring tool on political forms.

TEPSIS’ teaching program trains future high-level researchers with a view to diversifying their professional integration through : 1° the implementation of a first-rate training program that encourages international integration within the PNMU’s International Master College (IMC) – this program will extend from bachelors’ to PhD levels and will combine international mobility and pluridisciplinarity; 2° transversal actions for PhD students, such as establishing an intervention mobility found, financing international workshops, or diversifying professional integration by organizing a Job Market.

Scientific communication and promotion will be achieved through three initiatives, alongside those established by the PNMU:

1° The dissemination of TEPSIS’ results through the Encyclopedia of the Historical and Social Sciences of Politics, the launch of a TEPSIS book series and a documentary database, namely the Descriptive Repertory of Politics. A program will also help young researchers access different publishing options.

2° TEPSIS Agenda: this partnership between researchers, schools of journalism, and the media will lead to meetings intended for decision-makers and citizens; it will also produce and disseminate synthetic reviews.

3° TEPSIS Circles for Exchange and Projects: they seek to diversify the exchanges between researchers and public, institutional, economic, and social actors in order to develop and lead research projects, consultancy actions, applied expertise, and knowledge dissemination (including training operations).

TEPSIS brings together 13 partner units:
the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research on Social Issues (IRIS, Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux) UMR 8156,
the European Center for Sociology and Political Science (CESSP, Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique) UMR 8209,
the Maurice Halbwachs Center (CMH, Centre Maurice Halbwachs) UMR 8097,
the Center for Historical Studies (CRH, Centre de recherches historiques) UMR 8558,
the Center for Russian, Caucasian and Central-Eastern European Studies (CERCEC, Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen) UMR 8083,
the Marcel Mauss Institute (IMM, Institut Marcel Mauss) UMR 8178,
the Center for American Studies, Societies, Circulation, Power, 15th – 21st Centuries (MASCIPO, Mondes américains, sociétés, circulations, pouvoirs, XVe – XXIe siècles) UMR 8168,
the Raymond Aron Center for Sociological and Political Studies (CESPRA, Centre d’études sociologiques et politiques Raymond Aron) UMR 8036,
the Medicine, Science, Health, and Mental Health Research Center (CERMES3, Centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé, santé mentale, société) UMR 8211,
the Center for African Studies (CEMAf, Centre d’études des mondes africains) UMR 8171,
the Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (CETOBAC, Centre d’études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasiatiques) UMR 8032,
the Center for Sociological Analysis and Intervention (CADIS, Centre d’analyse et d’intervention sociologiques) UMR 8039,
the Center of Expertise and Administrative Research (CERA, Centre d’expertise et de recherche administrative) at the National School of Administration (ENA, Ecole Nationale d’Administration).

Bruno Karsenti, a director of studies at the EHESS and a statutory member of LIER, is a member of the LabEx executive office. Francesco Callegaro, with a PhD from the EHESS, is a LIER associate member and a LabEx post-doctoral researcher. He participates in the launching of the Encyclopedia of the Historical and Social Sciences of Politics.

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