Conference of the "Societies in Transition in the Mediterranean" Institute

Conférence de rentrée 17 septembre 2020

The Institute is organising its autumn conference on the theme "Crisis, transition or lasting destabilisation of societies? "on 17 September 2020 at the Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l'homme in Aix-en-Provence. This conference is open to doctoral and master students.

The Institute "Societies in Transition in the Mediterranean" (SoMuM) wished to make its autumn conference a high point in its calendar of activities for the year 2020-2021.

This first conference of a cycle, which is to be continued, will be devoted to the crisis, a concept placed at the centre of one of the research areas explored by SoMuM (area 1: Transitions, sustainable destabilisation and crises). Echoing COVID 19's topicality, this theme will be mainly questioned from the point of view of research in the Social and Human Sciences. Drawing on the experience of two researchers, the conference will address how they work on the crisis and in turn, what the crisis (in its multiple declinations, geopolitical, social, environmental, health) does to their work.

This meeting is an opportunity to highlight two key missions of the SoMuM Institute: to promote interdisciplinary dialogue, and to bring Mediterranean studies to life on the site of the Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l'homme, without, however, locking itself into a spatial anchorage limited exclusively to the two shores of the Mediterranean. Sébastien Dutreuil and Yannick Jaffré belong to research laboratories within the Institute's perimeter, and will take two different perspectives on the crisis: that of the specialist in the philosophy of earth sciences, and that of the anthropologist of health in sub-Saharan Africa.


In view of the constraints arising from the health situation, access to this first conference is free but upon registration, within the limit of room occupancy at 50% of its capacity.

However, the conference will be recorded so that all colleagues and students can listen to it (CanalU's SoMuM channel).

Date and place

Date : Thursday, October 17, 2020, 10am-12pm

Location: Duby Room, MMSH, Aix-en-Provence



Contact information

Chloe Chatelin :

philosophy, health anthropology