Lectures with Daniel Cefaï [fr]
Daniel Cefaï is the Director of Research at l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and a research fellow at the Marcel Mauss Institute. His research is focused on the sociology of collective mobilization and public problems, on field-based inquiry methods, and on the history of the social sciences in the United States, particularly in Chicago.
He recently published L’Urgence sociale en action. Ethnographie du Samusocial de Paris, (Paris La Découverte, 2011 (with Edouard Gardella)) and co-edited L’Engagement ethnographique (Paris, Editions de l’EHESS, 2010), Du civil au politique. Ethnographies du vivre-ensemble (Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 2011 (with Mathieu Berger and Carole Gayet-Viaud)), L’Expérience des problèmes publics, (Paris, Editions de l’EHESS, 2012 (with Cédric Terzi)), and Goffman et l’ordre de l’interaction (Paris, PUF/CURAPP-CEMS, 2013 (with Laurent Perreau)).
April 4th, 4:30pm-6pm
Ottawa University, Faculty of Social sciences / room 4006
This conference aims to present a pragmatic sociological approach to public problems, an approach inspired by John Dewey’s The Public and its Problems (1927).
It begins with the emergence of trouble, which leads to inquiries intended to define and control problematic situations; these inquiries go hand-in-hand with the association, cooperation, and communication processes brought about by the public. A significant part of this dynamic stems from public experiences, by means of which problems are named, identified, explained through the attribution of causal responsibilities, and qualified by the imposition of moral, legal, and political responsibilities (Gusfield).
This public experience affects the way we relate to our personal experiences and the situations in which we find ourselves. Another perspective will also be considered, that of the micro-politics of trouble (Emerson and Messinger), so as to reflect on the mediation of experts and institutions in public problems and to reflect on their powers of appropriation and control, the opposite of their legitimate ability to intervene. This presentation is linked to L’Expérience des problèmes publics (coedited with Cédric Terzi: Paris, Editions de l’EHESS, 2012).
April 5th, 10.30 am -12pm
Ottawa University, Faculty of Social Sciences / room 4006
This conference simply aims to give a few points of reference regarding debates on ethnographic inquiry. The goal is to define our interpretation of ethnography and direct, first-hand observation thereof. It also aims to insist on the influence of the researcher’s embodied and reflexive experience on inquiries into making sense of their surroundings.
Furthermore, the discussion will be enriched through the study of different samples of ethnological literature, from on-site notes to final publications; the possibility of accounting for, based on the nature of the interaction, here and now, on social structures and historical procedures; and, finally, on the possibility of extrapolating theoretical conclusions from case studies. This presentation is the vade-mecum of Cefaï’s publication L’Engagement ethnographique (Paris, Editions de l’EHESS, 2010).