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Conference
Social Enterprises, Third Sector, Social Economy, Solidarity-Based Economy. Empirical Realities and Theoretical Debates

International Summer School

Social Enterprises, Third Sector, Social Economy, Solidarity-Based Economy. Empirical Realities and Theoretical Debates.

Organized by :
Università di Corsica Pasquale Paoli
EMES European Research Network
CINEFOGO Network of Excellence
LISA, Lieux, identités, espaces, activités
July 3-7, 2008, Corte (Corsica, France)

 

Rationale

A variety of approaches to the field of study loosely referred to as the "third sector" exist across most European countries and around the world. Regardless of the approach used – non-profit studies, social economy, solidarity-based economy, social enterprise, etc. – the academic recognition of this field is being mirrored by a number of specialized university programs and research centers that attract an increasing number of young researchers. In a similar vein, the number of Ph.D. and Masters theses being prepared on topics related to this extensive field are currently found in traditional university schools such as political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, etc, as well as in business schools.

Nevertheless, specific doctoral training programs for young scholars in the third sector that address theoretical and hands-on research issues do not abound. Those programs that exist favor either a sociopolitical or a non-profit perspective.

In this context, the international summer school “Social enterprises, third sector, social economy, solidarity-based economy: Empirical and theoretical debates” aims to complete and widen the offer available to future scholars with important analytical frameworks. By avoiding narrow disciplinary focuses, the summer school seeks to strengthen the training of graduate students by means of in-depth and varied theoretical lectures, debates, workshops and presentations. Some key professors – also members of the EMES and/or Cinefogo networks – will present both traditional and non-traditional disciplinary approaches to this field of study as part of the theoretical corpus of the summer school. Most of these well-known professors manage research centers covering a wide spectrum of research themes, which will represent a major strength for the participating doctoral students. Specifically, Ph.D. students will have an opportunity to directly interact with and receive immediate input from these experienced scholars and thus advance their own research.

From a content standpoint, the specificity of this summer school can be articulated through:

  • An innovative cross-analysis of the major theoretical trends in the field (social economy and solidarity-based economy, and NPO theories), with an eye on providing new analytical tools to undertake research in the sector;
  • A solid and pioneering experience on research related to social enterprise and social entrepreneurship, with an eye on creating a dialogue with other conceptions.

Application procedure

1. The closing date for applications is Thursday, April 10th. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

2. Due to the anticipated high levels of demand for places, application does not guarantee a place on the summer school.

3. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application no later than Wednesday, April 30th.

4. If accepted, participants must formalize their registration by Monday, May 19th. The only means of payment accepted is bank transfer.

Download the application form by clicking here.

Programme

THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008, CCAS PORTICCIO

9h30-10h30 Greeting of participants

10h30-11h Official welcoming
Mr. AIELLO, President of the University of Corsica
Ms. MAUPERTUIS, director of the UMR CNRS LISA of the University of
Corsica
Mr. GIOVANANGELI, President of the Chambre régionale de l’économie
sociale et solidaire of Corsica

11h-12h Opening discourse of the Summer School
Jacques DEFOURNY, president of the EMES European Research Network
Lars HULGÅRD, representative of the CINEFOGO Network of Excellence
Jean-Louis LAVILLE, member of the Board of the EMES European
Research Network and of the CINEFOGO Network of Excellence

12h-14h Lunch at the CCAS cafeteria

SESSION I – EMPIRICAL REALITIES AND THEORETICAL DEBATES
14h-15h Introduction of the participants: research subjects, questions and methods; main expectations regarding the Summer School.

15h-15h45 Plenary conference by Professor Jacques DEFOURNY, Social enterprises, third sector, social economy, solidarity-based economy. Economic
approaches.

15h45-16h Coffee break

16h–16h45
Plenary conference by Professor Jean-Louis LAVILLE, Social
enterprises, third sector, social economy, solidarity-based economy. Sociopolitical approaches

16h45-17h15 Debate

19h30 Dinner at the CCAS cafeteria

FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2008, CCAS PORTICCIO

SESSION II – THIRD SECTOR, SOCIAL ECONOMY, SOLIDARITY-BASED ECONOMY
9h30-11h30 Plenary conferences by Professors Adalbert EVERS, Roger SPEAR, Laurent GARDIN

11h30-12h30 General debate

12h30-14h Lunch at the CCAS cafeteria

14h30-17h30 PARALLEL SESSIONSS – TRAINING SEMINARS
Participants will be distributed into sub-groups led by teachers-researchers
from the EMES Network:
• Third sector, further analysis of the morning conferences, adapted to
the research interests of the participants
• Social economy
• Solidarity-based economy

17h30-18h30 Methodological workshop

20h-21h30 Dinner at the CCAS cafeteria

SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2008, UNIVERSITY OF CORSICA

SESSION III – SERVICE SOCIETY AND DEMOCRACY

9h30 Departure of the bus to Corte

12h30-14h30 Buffet at the University of Corsica

14h30-16h30 Plenary conferences by Professors T. BRANDSEN, Bernard
ENJOLRAS, Victor PESTOFF

16h30-17h General debate

17h-18h Methodological workshop

18h Visit of the town of Corte

19h30 Buffet at the University of Corsica

21h30 "Corsican songs" evening

SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2008, UNIVERSITY OF CORSICA

SESSION IV – SOCIAL ENTERPRISES. AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN APPROACHES
9h30-11h30 Plenary conferences by Professors Carlo BORZAGA, Lars HULGÅRD, Marthe NYSSENS

11h30-12h30 General debate

12h30-14h30 Buffet at the University of Corsica

14h30-17h30 SIMULTANEOUS ACTIVITIÉS – TRAINING SÉMINARS
Participants will be distributed among various sub-groups, led by the
teachers-researchers of the EMES Network.
Social enterprises, further analysis of the morning conferences, adapted to the research interests of the participants

17h30-18h30 Methodological workshop

MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008, UNIVERSITY OF CORSICA

SESSION V – SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY-BASED ECONOMY, TERRITORIES, PERIPHERIES
9h30-12h • First analysis of the social and solidarity-based economy in Corsica: presentation of the research carried out by the University of Corsica and the Centre de recherche et d’information sur l’autonomie (CRIDA).
• Perspectives for further study of the social and solidarity-based economy in
Corsica

12H30-14H30 Lunch at the CROUS, University of Corsica

14H30- 17H30 Plenary conferences

• Elisabetta BUCOLO: The solidarity-based economy in Sicily in an
international perspective
• Toni CASALONGA: The Corsicada experience in a historical perspective

Official web site

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Organization

CINEFOGO - Network of Excellence

The CINEFOGO Network of Excellence (Civil Society and New forms of Governance) has been running from September 2005 to December 2009 based on a EU-FP6 Grant and generous support from the involved institutions. In its present format the CINEFOGO Network of Excellence has been finalised. Both the...

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