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Seminar Triangle ENS Lyon Axe Social Sciences and circulation of knowledge & LIA Post Western Sociology in Europe and in China : « Post-Western Sociology and Connected Knowledge : from Asia to Europe »

17 janvier 2017, 9h-16h, salle du Conseil, site Monod de l’ENS Lyon, 46 allée d’Italie


The social sciences and humanities have developed considerably in the last thirty years in different Asian countries where both theoretical approaches and methodologies have been constantly changing. As a result of the circulation and globalisation of knowledge, new centres and new peripheral areas have been formed and new hierarchies have quietly emerged, giving rise in turn to new competitive environments in which innovative knowledge is being produced. The centres in which knowledge in the social sciences and humanities is produced have moved towards Asia and in particular to China, Japan, Korea and India. In international sociology, sociologists from Asian countries - like Li Peilin, Xie Lizhong, Han San Jing, Shujiro Yasawa, Kazuhisa Nishihara, …- are developing their own thinking within real diversity, while at the same time reinterpreting Western theories and are already establishing epistemological networks in order to produce theories at some remove from hegemonic Western paradigms.

We already began to identify Post-Western Sociology during the creation of the LIA Post-Western Sociology in Europe and in China in 2013 on the 9th and the 10th of november 2013, with the Chinese Opening Conference at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and on the 23 and the 24, with the French Opening Conference at the ENS of Lyon in 2014 January.

Then, with the Beijing University Conference on the 17th, 18th and 19th of October 2014 The fabric sociological knowledge, drawing on French and Chinese experiences, the Shanghai University Conference Metropolis, Urban Governance and Citizenship in China and in Europe on November the 28th and 29th, and the ENS de Lyon Conference Doing Post-Western Sociology on the 24th, 25th, 26th of June 2015, we analyzed how a post-Western sociology has come into being a space in which sociological knowledge is emerging that is both specific and shared and in which theoretical methodologies are gathered on the basis of very different histories and traditions.

After the ENS Lyon Workshop Doing fieldwork and crossed practices in Post-Western Sociology (1) on the 18th, 19th and 20th of july 2016, and the CASS Workshop Doing fieldwork and crossed practices in Post-Western Sociology (2) on the 19, 20, 21th of September 2016, we are going on examining how research practices and sociological knowledge are constructed by analyzing the similar and different forms of field experience in Chinese and European sociology.

In this new seminar, we are proposing to think about a new common concept between European & Japanese sociologies and methodological space within which dialogue and intellectual innovation can take place. Doing Post-Western Sociology means examining those forms of knowledge that appear to be specific, those that seem to be the product of reappropriation, reinterpretation, borrowing and hybridisation, and those that seem to have been produced in areas of non-translatability, that is in spaces in which research practices and sociological knowledge in Europe and Asia do not correspond with each other. Instead of going into the plurality of provinces of knowledge, the most pressing task is to investigate the ways in which continuities and discontinuities, connections and disjunctions are formed between seats of knowledge located in different parts of the world and which are potentially capable of bringing to light a transnational intermediate space that is both local and global, free of all forms of orientalisms and occidentalisms.


  • 9h-9h45 : Laurence Roulleau-Berger, Research Director at CNRS, Triangle and French Director of of the International Associated Laboratory(LIA) CNRS-ENS Lyon and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Pékin) « Post-Western Sociology in Europe and in China » : Post-Western Revolution in Sociology : from China to Europe
  • 9h45-10h30 : Shujiro Yazawa, Emeritus professor of Sociology, Hitotsubashi University and Seijo University in Tokyo :Reflexive turn of social science.
  • 10h30-11h15 : Michael Kuhn, President of the World Social Sciences and Humanities Network : How the Social Sciences think about the World’s social ?
  • 11h15-11h30 : break
  • 11h30-13h : Dicussion opened by Stephane Dufoix, Professor of Sociology, University Paris X Nanterre and Loïs Bastide, Doctor in sociology, University of Geneva
  • 13h-14h30 : lunch
  • 14h30-16h : Perspectives of cooperation
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