In the framework of an Indo-French partnership between the IFP (French Institute of Pondicherry, MAE-CNRS), PU (Pondicherry University), IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development), and CEIAS (Centre for South Asian Studies), the first edition of the Social Sciences Winter School was held in 2014 under the initiative of Rémy Delage (CNRS, CEIAS, associated with the IFP), Christophe Jalil Nordman (IRD, DIAL and IFP) and Thanuja Mummidi (Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University). Anne Casile (IRD, PALOC and IFP) joined their team in 2015. Together, these four scholars are at the origin of the SSWSP project and designed its model and objectives.
This first edition (2014) was held at the School of Social Sciences and International Studies of Pondicherry University and focused on “Health and Societal Challenges”. Three editions (2016, 2017, 2018) followed and took place at PU (for the inauguration and plenary sessions) and the IFP (for the rest of SSWSP). The three following editions focused on “Mobility and Social Dynamics” (2016), “Water and Socio-Environmental Challenges” (2017), and “Labour and Development” (2018).
Thanks to the recurrent logistic, institutional and financial supports of PU (CESSEIP), IFP, IRD (and its research unit DIAL), CEIAS, and to funding agencies (HeSam in 2014, PSL in 2016, Bonjour India in 2017, among others), the collaborative work between the steering and scientific committees has made possible the success and establishment of this now major event in the academic landscape of social sciences in India.
For the 2019 edition, the institutional and collaborative frame was remodelled and involves a new partnership between the MIDS (Madras Institute of Development Studies), the IFP, the IRD and the CEIAS.
According to the main targeted topics of future editions, this partnership frame shall extend to further institutions, the objectives being to create the best conditions to sustain financially and scientifically the event in the coming years.