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The Center for Historical Enquiry & the Social Sciences (YaleCHESS) highlights the interplay between history and the present. Its work spurs new collective thinking about solutions to seemingly intractable social problems. Taking intellectual risks is actively encouraged.

This cross-disciplinary Center, headquartered in the European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center, seeks to transcend the Humanities and Social Sciences divide, bringing together a diverse complement of scholars to answer large questions that help us better understand the world we live in. YaleCHESS scholars learn from one another’s methodological expertise and substantive knowledge, and its key events are open to the public as well.

The centerpiece of CHESS is the Friday lunchtime workshop in which pre-circulated papers are discussed. In addition the Center hosts regular conferences: a Spring gathering focused on a general topic of interest and an annual graduate student conference. The Center also supports ephemeral study groups designated by its constituent members. Finally, YaleCHESS plans to launch courses organized around both significant scholarship in the historical social sciences and the variety of methods available to those pursuing scholarship in social science history.

The Workshop

Spring Workshop scheduleThe workshop will meet regularly on Fridays during term to discuss pre circulated papers. The papers will represent the cutting edge of scholarship at the interface between historically inflected work between the humanities and the social sciences. Each workshop will begin with the response from an affiliated graduate student to be followed by lively and free ranging discussion. Sandwiches and refreshments will be served. The workshop will take place in the Whitney Humanities Center.

Download Spring 2018 Schedule

Instructions for Responding at CHESS