Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry

Investigator(s): Dr. Rémy Delage, Dr. Thanuja Mummidi, Dr. Christophe Jalil Nordman, Dr. Anne Casile
Start date: 2014

The Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry (SSWSP) is an Indo-French cooperation that has been designed as a programme of intensive and multidisciplinary training workshops addressing theoretical and methodological issues in social sciences research. This event provides each and everyone with the opportunity of sharing experiences and research ideas.


A theme will be 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 will be 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 will be solicited from various French institutions.


This training workshop has four main objectives:

  • To create a highly efficient tool in research capacity-building;
  • To consolidate a community of young scholars, senior scientists and experts;
  • To ease the exchange of knowledge and skills between India and France in the domain of social sciences;
  • To enhance the visibility of the Indo-French cooperation in India.

More tangible results and outcomes are expected:

  • Development of a dedicated website in English (with digital resources);
  • Validation through delivery of certificates upon completion of the training;
  • Writing of a scientific, pedagogical and technical report;
  • Publication of proceedings in paper (IFP Publications) and digital (Website) formats.
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 will be held from December 4th to 8th, 2017, at the Pondicherry University and at the French Institute of Pondicherry.

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