Presentation of the research institute



The research team CRISES covers several disciplines: ancient languages and literature, archeology, art, art history, French and comparative literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis. This multidisciplinarity, while fostering collaborations among different areas of research, calls for a true interdisciplinary endeavor, which represents the epistemological specificity of CRISES. For all these disciplines, whatever the periods or divisions considered, concur in the long-term analysis, from Antiquity to present, aiming to bring out and study the rhythms between continuity and ruptures, reversals, permanencies and mutations, as witnessed in the works and knowledge, the individual and collective worlds, the social and cultural spaces. The acronym expresses the particular scientific interest of the team, within this scope, for all that concerns the disturbances, instabilities, that is, the crises. It is also the symbol of the critical stance of the researcher in the humanities or the human and social sciences, who pays heed to the dangers involved in the evolving nature of knowledge and takes this instability as conducive to the exploration of new paths.


Research is centered on three major themes :

Societas Beliefs, collective representations and social bonds.

Imperium  : The making of territories.

Quid Novi?  : Changes and evolutions of forms and knowledge.


It is not only a matter of seeking, through the evolutions of culture in the broad sense of the term, to determine the significance of these rhythms for the cultural, political, religious, economical actors, but also to develop operative concepts for the future.