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Reference : USR3258-BLACHA-007
Workplace : ST DENIS
Date of publication : Thursday, September 9, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 14 months
Expected date of employment : 1 November 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2,728.25 euros gross per month (2,230 euros net per month)
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
The Scientific Interest Group (Gis), chaired by the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences of CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) is a French research network on Democracy and Public Participation in Decision-Making. The Group exists since 2009 and has made it possible to expand the field of studies in public participation in democracy, by providing it with the research coordination and dissemination structures - Scientific Council, colloquiums, journal, collaborative resources, etc. - necessary to acquire academic legitimacy in the human and social sciences and benefit from recognized social relevance. It aims to support research on democratic experimentation, public participation in decision-making processes and participatory and deliberative democracy. It was created by the CNRS and renewed in 2018 for five years (2018-2022) with twelve other partners (two other major research organizations, the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity, a State agency and an independent administrative authority, a Regional Council, three national companies in charge of implementing public debate, and three associative partners). It brings together French-speaking researchers and networks research on democratic issues, citizen involvement, public participation and participatory and deliberative democracy. Thus, nearly a thousand researchers and some fifty laboratories from all disciplines collaborate and exchange on issues that have become central to both the public debate and the scientific communities.
In view of its renewal in 2023-2027, the Gis Démocratie et Participation is recruiting a post-doctoral fellow to re-imagine the Dictionnaire critique et interdisciplinaire de la participation (in French) and to support the Gis management team as it prepares its renewal.
A/ The redesign of the Dicopart
In 2011, the Gis undertook the writing of a Critical and Interdisciplinary Dictionary of Participation, which was put online at the beginning of the summer 2013, and then the creation of a specific website: https://www.dicopart.fr/, published in the spring 2014. The aim was to list the vocabulary through which participation is defined, practiced and theorized in order to initiate a reflection on the words, the discrepancy between their common, scholarly or official meanings, and the differences between their meanings, in order to open a door on the composite and heterogeneous world of the actors (theorists and practitioners) of public participation. Thanks to this usage-based approach, the Dicopart is an important pedagogical resource contributing to the dissemination of knowledge on democracy and citizen participation.
However, for the past seven years, the Dicopart has not been modified, even though the field of participation studies has experienced a continuous expansion, with new questions, objects and problematics emerging, as much with deliberative political theory as with the dissemination of participatory science and research, digital technologies and uses, or around democratic, environmental or social experiments, the institutionalization of new processes, from participatory budgets to citizens' assemblies, and the institutional, political and social constraints with which these experiences are confronted. The project of a dictionary that does not freeze definitions, but explores uses, opens up avenues, and proposes critiques, must therefore be revisited.
The main mission of the recruited post-doctoral fellow will be to coordinate and lead a team of researchers that the GIS Scientific Council will commission to map the controversies that structure the field of democracy studies on an international scale, in order to collectively redefine the approach of the dictionary, to update and expand the list of its entries, and to rethink its forms of writing and graphic representation. The post-doctoral fellow will feed this collective reflection by a bibliographical work taking into account the publication of new social science dictionaries - on publics or on the commons, for example - which partly overlap with democratic issues, some entirely online, others with a paper edition. The participatory/collaborative dimension of Dicopart, which was initially planned but did not work out, should also be rethought. The original ways of representing the uses of words (proximity point clouds), which must be rewritten when the Dicopart content management software is changed, must be reconsidered in the light of the available interactive representation formats.
Once the Dicopart project is redefined, in March 2022, the post-doctoral fellow will have to coordinate relations with the researchers responsible for writing and editing the notices. The objective is to be able to put the new edition of the Dicopart online in December 2022.
B/ Support for the activity of the management in view of the renewal of the Gis
The Gis Démocratie et Participation is a place of coordination of research on democratic issues. The second task of the post-doctoral fellow will be to support the management team in the organization of its scientific events (seminar, colloquium, doctoral days, etc.) and in the preparation of the renewal of the Gis.
Concerning the preparation of the renewal of the GIS, it is mainly a question of:
- involving the research laboratories associated with the Gis in this renewal, in particular through the organization of the Gis Permanent Conference in spring 2022;
- preparing the calls for papers and the organization of the Gis Congress planned for autumn 2022: colloquium, doctoral days and CNDP thesis prize, associated with the specific colloquium of the collaborative network Croiser les savoirs avec tou-te-s (Crossing knowledge with everyone) for the development in the Merging of Knowledge and Practices.
- contribution to the scientific dissemination of this work and its publication in research dissemination spaces and academic journals.
Concerning the organization of the scientific activity of the Gis, it is mainly about:
- participating in the organization and running of the monthly Gis seminar in 2022, and take charge of the communication around the seminar.
- participating in the organization and running of other scientific events and workshops of the Gis and contribute to the publication of these works.
- contributing to the Gis website, an information resource on its activities and, more generally, on issues related to participation and democracy.
- contributing to the integration of the Gis' activity into that of the MSH Paris Nord, a service and research unit of the CNRS.
To carry out this part of his or her mission, the post-doctoral researcher will work with the in-house project manager and the administrative and financial manager of the GIS. All three constitute the permanent team of the Gis. In this capacity, the post-doctoral fellow will participate in the meetings of the management team and the scientific council, in particular with a view to preparing the Gis Congress.
- Knowledge of the field of research on democracy and participation, in relation to the thesis.
- Ability to work in a team, collaboratively, on multidisciplinary projects.
- Writing skills in French and fluency in English.
- Autonomy, organizational skills and accountability.
- Ability to lead meetings, both face-to-face and off-site.
- Mastery of digital communication tools (social networks, website animation).
The post-doctoral fellow is placed under the responsibility of the co-directors of Gis Démocratie et Participation for the realization of his/her missions, and of the General Secretary of the MSH Paris Nord for the working conditions.
Constraints and risks
Travel within and outside the Paris region is required for meetings.
- Application file: analytical CV, two-page cover letter and thesis defense report
- Deadline for receipt of applications: September 29, 2021
- Audition of candidates: October 6, 2021 at the MSH Paris Nord
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