The doctoral seminar in history is an interactive exercise which is aimed at helping PhD students make progress in their ongoing research as well as in the conception and development of their thesis. The seminar encourages student participation and collective discussion of the various issues PhD students face in framing their research question, identifying sources and actually writing the thesis.
In order to accomplish these objectives, the seminar is structured along thematic lines, meeting five times during the year, with meetings lasting six hours.
Seminar meetings are introduced by Marc Lazar and Jean-François Sirinelli, and participants include colleagues who are specialists in the chosen theme, whether historians or not. PhD students present their work for discussion.