Tribute day to Ali El Kenz
25 may 2022

Tribute day to Ali El Kenz

On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., IEA Nantes is organizing a day of tribute to Ali El Kenz.

An emblematic figure of the Institute, he played an active role in its creation and directed its prefiguration program.


The day will also be broadcast live on the IEA’s Youtube channel:

Tribute to Ali El Kenz

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, IEA, Nantes

Moderator: Amar MOHAND-AMER (IEA resident)

9:00 am - 10:30 am: The research notebook of Ali El Kenz

Opening of the tribute day

Pascale VIELLE (Director of the IEA)

Fréderic LE BLAY (Director of the MSH)


Personal and intellectual career of Ali El Kenz

Presentation: Charles SUAUD (U. Nantes)

Discussion with :

Suzanne EL-KENZ (Nantes)

Abdelhamid ABIDI (U. Tunis)

Dimitri BASTARD (IEA, Nantes)


Aïssa KADRI (U. Paris 8)

Mustapha MADI (U. Alger)

Hassan REMAOUN (U. Oran)


Coffee break (10:30 - 11:00)


11h00 - 12h30 : Ali El Kenz and the IEA

Presentation of a video on Ali El Kenz

Alain SUPIOT (Collège de France):
Ali El Kenz and the IEA: some memories of a common enterprise


Lunch break (12h30 - 14h00)


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm : Doing social sciences in difficult conditions

Opening: Estelle d’HALLUIN (U. Nantes) and Romuald BODIN (Director of CENS, U. Nantes)

Aurélien BOUCHER (Chinese U. of Hong Kong): The space of social scientists in China

Sylvain DUFRAISSE (U. Nantes) and Martine MESPOULET (U. Nantes): Doing research in Russia: two periods - crossed views


Coffee break (16h00 - 16h30)


16h30 - 18h00 : The place of the researcher in social sciences today

Sari HANAFI (U. Beirut): Social science, ethics and religion in the Arab world

Anne-Marie MOULIN (U. Paris) and Layachi ANSER (U. Sharjah) : Ali El Kenz : critical approach(es)


6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Closing conference

Vincent GEISSER (CNRS, Aix-Marseille): Thinking about the autonomy of research and the independence of academics: the empirical and theoretical contributions of Ali El Kenz