Interactions’ is a biennial interdisciplinary workshop hosted by the Centre for Statistics, Analysis and Multidisciplinary Modelling (SAMM in the University of Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne since 2011. The workshop series aims to bring together researchers from the natural sciences and mathematics, on one hand, and the humanities and social sciences, on the other, around a common area of study in order to exchange research questions and foster cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration Specifically, Interactions sets itself the goal of highlighting overlaps, gaps and discrepancies that characterize the boundaries between qualitative and quantitative approaches, both within the social sciences, and across the social and natural sciences and mathematics.
The city has emerged as a leading area of multi- and interdisciplinary research. Particularly the role of different forms of conflict in cities has attracted considerable scholarly attention. A recent report by the World Bank qualified a majority of the world’s conflicts as "urban”. What may be defined as an urban conflict is of course extraordinarily diverse, ranging from dynamics of segregation, migration and gentrification to tensions between formal and informal urbanism, as well as to overt ethno-national struggles, radicalisation and militarisation. Within the social sciences, urban studies has tended to remain divided between qualitative and quantitative approaches. Theoretical physicists and other mathematical scientists have also started working on the city. They have explored and extended, for example, urban modelling techniques first developed in geography and sociology to study dynamics of segregation. What can researchers within urban studies gain from this broadening disciplinary field? Can the natural sciences also enter into a fruitful dialogue with qualitative approaches within the disciplines of human geography urbanism, politics or history? What questions and concepts may challenge or complement basic assumptions and methodologies in the respective specialist fields?
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