Social history

The Social History Prize is awarded by the Mattei Dogan Foundation and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme to two excellent doctoral theses dealing with a subject of social history, in the broadest sense of the term, from the 19th to the 21st century, one on France and the other on one or more foreign countries or a transnational subject.

The prize is awarded for two doctoral theses defended (alone or in co-supervision) in a French higher education institution during the two years preceding the award year.

For the 2023 edition, theses will have been defended between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022.

The prize money is currently valued at €3,000 per winner.

Constitution of the file

A copy of the thesis
A summary of the thesis (2 to 3 pages)
The report of the thesis jury
The candidate’s curriculum vitae

All documents must be sent by email to: prix-histoiresociale@msh-paris.fr

Provide a separate pdf file for each part, called : NAME-Thesis.pdf, NAME-Summary.pdf, NAME-Report.pdf, NAME-CV.pdf.

Schedule

1st December 2022: publication of the call for applications
31 January 2023: application deadline
February – May 2023: evaluation of applications (two sessions) and selection of two winning theses
May – June 2023: results sent to candidates by the FMSH
June 2023: Presentation of the Mattei Dogan Foundation & FMSH Social History Prize

Terms and conditions of award

  • Given their respective aims, the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and the Mattei Dogan Foundation have agreed to combine their resources to jointly award three prizes to honour the authors of an outstanding doctoral thesis in social history.
  • A specific endowment for these prizes is established in perpetuity by the FMSH, which is responsible for their management and assumes financial responsibility. The FMSH makes an office and associated infrastructures available to the WDF for the management and administration of the prizes.
  • The amount of the prize is 2,000 euros for the doctoral thesis, which can be revalued according to inflation.
  • In the event of a serious international financial crisis, the Mattei Dogan Foundation reserves the right to temporarily reduce the prize money.
  • The prizes are awarded every two years.
  • The first award is scheduled for 2009.
  • The prizes are awarded exclusively on scientific merit, excluding ascriptive criteria (gender, religion, social or ethnic origin, etc.).
  • The recipients of these prizes are chosen by a jury of four historians representing as many history doctoral schools.
  • The members of the jury are appointed jointly by the two sponsoring institutions for a limited, renewable period.
  • The names of the members of the jury are made known to the community of historians at least twenty months before the deadline for applications.
  • Doctoral theses defended in a French-speaking university during the four years preceding the year in which the prizes are awarded may be proposed. Manuscripts and books already published but resulting from a doctoral thesis are eligible. Candidates for the Prize for Excellence in Social History must be under 50 years of age on 1 January of the year in which the prize is awarded.
  • The awarding of the prizes is announced by any means that the two sponsoring institutions or the doctoral schools may suggest, specifying the modalities and deadlines for the submission of dossiers.
  • The files will include one copy of the thesis and four copies of the jury’s report, a summary of the thesis and the bio-bibliography. For the Prize for Excellence in Social History, applications must include a bio-bibliography and three letters of recommendation signed by well-known and recognised historians.
  • Applications should be sent to either the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme or the Mattei Dogan Foundation. The administration of the applications is carried out in the office made available by the FMSH to the FMD.
  • Nominations for the prizes may be made by doctoral schools of history, by professional associations of historians, by editorial boards of journals, or by three historians from different institutions.
  • The citation of each winner is given by one of the members of the jury or by the director of the winning thesis.
  • In the event of a tie, the prize in question may be awarded to two laureates (which implies a sharing of the prize money).
  • The award ceremony is scheduled in cooperation with historians’ associations or, failing that, at the MSH headquarters or on the premises of one of the history doctoral schools.

Best doctoral theses in social history

AwardeesTitle of thesesInstitutionsYears
Thomas le RouxLes nuisances artisanales et industrielles à Paris, 1770-1830Université de Paris 12009
Alexandre SumpfLe visage vers la campagne.
Les bolcheviks et l’éducation politique de la paysannerie dans les années 1920
Université de Toulouse le Mirail2009
Vanessa CaruLe logement ouvrier et la question sociale, Bombay (1850-1950)Université de Paris 72011
Frédéric ViguierLa cause des pauvres.
Mobilisations humanitaires et transformations de l’État social en France depuis 1945
EHESS2011
Volny FagèsLes origines du monde.
Cosmogonies scientifiques en France (1860-1920) : acteurs, pratiques, représentations
EHESS2013
Roman KrakowskyL’espace et le temps dans un régime autoritaire.
La Tchécoslovaquie 1948-1989
Université de Paris 12013
Anaïs AlbertConsommation de masse et consommation de classe.
Une histoire sociale et culturelle du cycle de vie des objets dans les classes populaires parisiennes (des années 1880 aux années 1920)
Université de Paris 12015
Marie-Paulle HilleLe Xidaotang, une existence collective à l’épreuve du politique.
Ethnographie historique et anthropologique d’une communauté musulmane chinoise
(Gansu, 1857-2014)
EHESS2015
Clélia CoretLa refondation d’une cité swahili à Witu.
Écriture de l’histoire et légitimation du pouvoir au nord de la côte est-africaine (1812-1895)
Université Paris 12017
Mathieu MarlyL’âme des régiments.
Promotion, recrutement et discipline dans les rangs de l’armée française (1872-1914)
Université Lille 32017
Julien CarantonLes fabriques de la « paix sociale ».
Acteurs et enjeux de la régulation sociale (Grenoble, 1842-1938)
Université Grenoble Alpes2019
Ariane MakEn grève et en guerre.
Les mineurs britanniques au prisme des enquêtes du Mass Observation (1939-1945)
EHESS2019
Julie MarquetDroit, coutumes et justice coloniale.
Les affaires de caste dans les Établissements français de l’Inde, 1816-1870
Université Paris Diderot2019
Thibault BechiniDes villes migrantes : Marseille, Buenos Aires. Construire et habiter les périphéries urbaines au temps des migrations italiennes (1860-1914) Université Paris 1 2021
Jiawen SunCorps et Politique dans la Chine Contemporaine. Sociologie de la souffrance parmi les anciens jeunes instruits envoyés dans les fermes militaires pendant la Révolution culturelleEHESS2021

Agreement between the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and the Mattei Dogan Foundation for the attribution of prizes