DescriptionOrganizersFacultyParticipantsThemes and GoalsCourse formatProgrammeFeesApplication
Observatory of Swiss Elites (OBELIS), Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne
19 – 24 June, 2022
UNIL Campus
For whom?
Local and international PhD students from sociology, political science, history who are interested in research on elites, power and inequalities
How much?
CHF 275.-
3 ECTS (optional)

The summer school is organized under the umbrella of the Observatory of Swiss Elites (OBELIS) from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lausanne.

Felix Bühlmann, Institut des sciences sociales; Thomas David, Institut d’études politiques;  Stéphanie Ginalski, Institut d’études politiques; Grégory Quin, Institut des Sciences du Sport

International faculty :

Prof. Christoph Houman Ellersgaard, Copenhagen Business School
Dr. Anton Grau Larsen, Roskilde University
Prof. Emmanuelle Picard, ENS Lyon
Prof. Mike Savage, Londons School of Economics
Prof. Nora Waitkus, Tilburg University and London School of Economics

Swiss faculty :

Prof. Sébastien Chauvin, University of Lausanne
Dr. Claire Cosquer, University of Lausanne
Dr. Pierre Eichenberger, University of Lausanne
Prof. Alix Heiniger, University of Fribourg
Prof. André Mach, University of Lausanne

This summer school is mainly targeted at Swiss and international PhD students – but upon demand places are also available for prospective PhD-students or early post-docs.

In the last 20-30 years, as a result of the financialisation and the globalisation of capitalism, inequality has risen again in many Western societies. As a consequence, inequality and power-relationship have shifted again to centre stage in the social sciences. Especially the small groups at the top of power structures – the elites – have become a renewed object of empirical investigation and new theorisation in social science disciplines such as history, sociology, political science and management.

The summer school “Elites, Power and Inequalities” aims to become a meeting point of young scholars in this emerging interdisciplinary research field studying elites and the super-rich. Lectures given by leading experts will cover new theoretical and empirical issues such as wealth inequality, elite lifestyles, internationalisation of elites or women in positions of power. The most important methods in the study of elites and power – network analysis, prosopography, ethnography or archival research – will be presented by international specialists. Participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research in specific sessions.

Keynotes will give to the participants an insight in cutting edge research projects conducted by renowned scholars of elites, power and inequality.

Roundtables, conceived as interactive sessions, are focused on two important issues for young researchers: women in elite research/ researching on elite women and publishing in the field of elites, power and inequality.

Writing & discussing sessions will allow the PhD students to present and share their research papers and/ or thesis chapters with peers and international scholars.

Methods sessions introduce the PhD students to different methods which are at the core of current elite research: Data collection and management, Ethnography and Interviews, Archives and Social Networks.

You can find here the provisional programme, regularly updated.

CHF 275.- 

Fees do not include travel and accommodation; we can help with finding affordable accommodation

Deadline : May 1st, 2022

You can apply online, by clicking on the blue button below. Your application should include:

  1. A CV, with your academic records
  2. A motivation letter
  3. A description of your doctoral project (max. 2 pages)

When your application is complete, please click the checkbox under “Application status” on the course registration page and change it to “Submitted”. It will be reviewed and we will confirm the successful pre-registration as soon as possible. 

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