Since 2005, CES has organized an Annual Cycle of Conferences presenting national and international research produced by young scientists in the field of social sciences. This was set off by the centre’s goal of promoting dialogue with work produced within other institutions, based on a clearly interdisciplinary matrix. So far, we have counted on the contribution of some of the most prominent young social scientist from or working in Portugal, as well as others actors and knowledge, since people of other academic institutions, other academic areas and several civil society organizations have participated in these conferences.
Every edition has organized nine conferences of mensal periodicity, in cycles that begin in October and are extended until June of the following year. Bringing forth researchers from other schools working upon varied scientific areas (Sociology, Anthropology, History, Economics, International Relations, Literary Studies, Education, Law, African Studies, Political Sciences and Philosophy), CES has thus sought to contribute towards the exchange of experiences and towards the discussion of their research results. The selection of the speakers for each cycle falls upon the excellence of the work they have come to develop in their pertaining institutions and their internationalization within the field of social and human sciences. In each conference, debate has been promoted through commentary of CES researchers and students from post-graduate programmes.
CES has hosted young researchers that develop their work in international institutions such as MIT, King’s college, European University Institute of Florence, or national ones such as ICS, ISCTE, the Universities of Porto, Minho, Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, or Algarve. The conferences taken place so far have evolved around diverse themes: art and citizenship, discrimination, electoral processes, corruption, immigration law, monetary policy, verbal interaction, student movements, territorial planning, social policies, labour and family, participatory democracy, innovation models, water policies, Portuguese popular culture and theatre.