After the challenging year 2020, marked by the crisis at FMSH and the consequences of the Covid pandemic, our association has opened in 2021 a dialogue with the new Governing Board of the Foundation. The Board has presented its institutional and scientific policy during the Association Governing Board meeting on May 5th, and during our general assembly, held for the first time on hybrid mode, on December 21st. We have discussed, amongst other issues, the association possible support to some research initiatives taken by the new FMSH leadership.
With a new president, historian Hinnerk Bruhns, our association has been engaged in defending the autonomy of the Foundation, which was then facing a governance crisis, due to the pressions imposed upon the FMSH for a much deeper integration with the Campus Condorcet, the new pole of social sciences, whilst the Foundation was already a founding member of the Campus.
By its statement dated July 20th, 2020, the Governing Board of the Association has expressed its deep concern regarding the future of the Foundation. For us, to intensify the FMSH partnership with the new structures of the French higher education and research ecosystem should be done with due respect to its autonomy and its initiatives capacity, for the benefit of all.
In 2019, the Association has paid homage to its president, Immanuel Wallerstein, who passed away on August 31st
We have published a booklet Immanuel Wallerstein. Une quête intellectuelle et politique* regrouping, in English, French or Spanish, the testimonies of friends and colleagues from the FMSH network (including Alain Touraine and Craigh Calhoun), and three short significant texts from this great committed intellectual.
On November 26th, we organised a roundtable : Immanuel Wallerstein, comprendre le monde et le changer, (Immanuel Wallerstein, to understand the world and to change it) with the participation of Maurice Aymard, Robert Boyer, Nilüfer Göle, Jean-Luc Racine, Michel Wieworka, and Yves David Hugot, who defended his PhD on Immanuel Wallerstein in 2017, at Paris X University.
* Published in Spanish in our booklet, the piece by Carlos Antonio Aguire Rojas is also available in English.
In 2017, in partnership with Maison Suger and the FMSH Publishing House, we joined the homage offered to Clemens Heller, in his centenary year. Clemens Heller decisively expanded the activities and the networks of the FMSH, first as deputy of Fernand Braudel, then as Administrator of the Foundation.
See the webpage: Hommage à Clemens Heller. We offered financial support to the book published on the occasion, edited by Hinnerk Bruhns, Joachim Nettelbeck and Maurice Aymard : Clemens Heller, imprésario des Sciences de l’Homme LINK Clemens Heller, imprésario des sciences de l’homme