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Engaging with Boudon

jeudi 27 juin | 09:30 samedi 29 juin | 18:30 CEST

Engaging with Boudon: Insights for Contemporary Sociological Science

International symposium

Maison de la Recherche, Amphithéâtre Georges Molinié (D035)

Organising Committee

Gérald Bronner (Sorbonne University, Gemass)
Nathalie Bulle (CNRS, Gemass)
Pierre Demeulenaere (Sorbonne University, Gemass)
Michel Dubois (CNRS, Gemass)
Alexandra Frénod (CNRS, Gemass)
Gianluca Manzo (Sorbonne University, Gemass)
Georgie Milard (CNRS, Gemass)

Almost eleven years after Boudon’s passing, Engaging with Boudon proposes a new systematic assessment of Boudon’s scientific legacy for today social theory and empirical research as well as for teaching sociology.

The symposium brings together scholars from different generations who accepted to engage with Boudon’s specific pieces of work in order to assess how the main ideas developed in the chosen pieces are currently at work in contemporary sociological research.

The selected pieces to be commented on cover all main topics and research areas in which Raymond Boudon’s landmarks can be reasonably found, including the methodology of generative models and numerical simulations, the sociology of social stratification, the sociology of social change, the sociology of values and beliefs, the theory of action and of rationality, as well as the history of sociological thought.

Programme

Thursday 27th June

Pierre-Michel Menger (Collège de France and Académie des sciences morales et politiques)

9h30 – Introduction

Foundations and Tools

Session chaired by Pierre Demeulenaere (Sorbonne University, Gemass)

Peter Hedström (University of Linköping)

10:00−10:25 – Generative Models & Analytical Sociology

Lucas Sage (European University Institute)

10:35−11:00 – Statistics, Mathematics and Computation

11:10 – Break

François Héran (Collège de France)

11:30−11:55 – Structures and Structuralism

Delia Baldassarri (New York University)

12:05−12:30 – Game Theory, Strategic Action, and Social Structure

13:00 – Lunch

Social Mobility

Session chaired by Gianluca Manzo (Sorbonne University, Gemass)

Richard Breen (Oxford University)

14:30−14:55 – Inequality of Educational Opportunity

Gunn E. Birkelund (University of Oslo)

15:05−15:30 – Inequality of Social Opportunity

15:40 – Break

Louis-André Vallet (CNRS, Gemass)

16:00−16:25 – On the Relationship between Inequality of Educational Opportunity and Inequality of Social Opportunity: A Reassessment of the Third Section of « L’inégalité des chances » (1973)

Andreas Diekmann (ETH, Zürich)

16:35−17:00 – Boudon’s Mobility Model. Game Theory and Empirical Evidence

18:00 – Cocktail → Campus des Cordeliers, 15 rue de l’École de Médecine Paris 6e

Friday 28th June

Types of Theories

Session chaired by Gérald Bronner (Sorbonne University, Gemass)

Hartmut Esser (Mannheim University)

09:30−09:50 – Middle-Range Theorizing

Emily Erikson (Yale University)

10:05−10:30 – Social Dynamics

10:40 – Break

Filippo Barbera (University of Turin)

11:00−11:25 – Types of Sociology

Nathalie Bulle (CNRS, Gemass)

11:35−12:00 – Methodological Individualism and Macro‑Sociological Research: 
A Discussion of Boudon’s Insights

12:30 – Lunch

Rationality and Values

Session chaired by Michel Dubois (CNRS, Gemass)

Werner Raub (Utrecht University)

14:30−14:55 – Coleman’s Problem and Boudon’s Solution: Rational Choice Theory as a Tool for Sociology

Max Haller (University of Graz)

15:05−15:30 – Macroscopic Changes in the Distribution of Values

Pierre Demeulenaere (Sorbonne University, Gemass)

15:40−16:05 – Rationality, Reasons and Transsubjective Relevance

16:15 – Break

Simon Langlois (Université Laval)

16:30−16:55 – Relativism

Gérald Bronner (Sorbonne University, Gemass)

17:05−17:30 – Was Raymond Boudon too Optimistic about Rationality and Values?

Saturday 29th June

Sociology and its Classics

Session chaired by Nathalie Bulle (CNRS, Gemass)

Jörg Stolz (University of Lausanne)

09:30−09:50 – Boudon and the Extraterrestrials. 
A Generative Model of the Emergence of a Religion

Fernando San Antonio & Francisco J. Miguel (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

10:05−10:30 – Teaching Sociology and the History of Sociology

10:40 – Break

Stephen Turner (University of South Florida)

11:00−11:25 – Boudon on Tocqueville

Michel Dubois (CNRS, Gemass)

11:35−12:00 – The Transnational Circulation of a Scientific Ethos for Sociology: lessons from the Raymond Boudon’s correspondence

Gianluca Manzo (Sorbonne University, Gemass)

12:10−12:30 – Conclusion

Groupe d’étude des méthodes de l’analyse sociologique de la Sorbonne (Gemass)

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