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Research topics

1. International Relations, Globalizations, and Regionalizations

The field of international relations has had a long history at the Sorbonne, personified by Pierre Renouvin until 1964, and later by Jean-Baptiste Duroselle at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and Georges-Henri Soutou at Sorbonne University. The discipline has undergone substantial changes since this founding period, and like other historical fields has been marked by a phenomenon of globalization and a broadening of the spaces studied. Its...

2. Practices and political cultures

Research Area 2 explores the notion of political culture by way of a detailed and differentiated approach. We are interested in the intellectual and ideological aspects of political cultures in Europe, which can be national as well as specific to political models or families. We also study various practices by concentrating our attention on two areas in which politics operate, namely questions relating to citizenship and peace. 

The research is structured into four thematic groups:

2.1 Political Ideas, the History of Knowledge Systems: Circulation and Transfers


3. Europe as a Material Civilization in Transition: Flows, Consumption, Crises, and Resilience

This area of research proposes understanding contemporary Europe as a material civilization characterized by flows (of resources, goods, and people), modes of consumption, and crises. In keeping with the research conducted at the Centre de recherche en histoire de l’innovation (Center for Research in the History of Innovation), it will specifically but not exclusively examine technological innovation, the actors who drive it (companies, engineers, researchers, consumers, regulators), and the complex transformations it has brought about. This also involves exploring the concept of...

4. The Times, Traces, and Territories of War during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

The definition of the term “war” should be rethought in light of the new forms taken by conflict in Europe and across the globe.

The originality of our approach is to jointly consider the two notions of “war” and “traces of war” in connection with the three concepts of history(ies), memory(ies), and representation(s). War is understood as a process that begins with the march to war, and continues with the war itself, its conclusion, and the process of rapprochement and reconciliation in the effort to build peace, along with their respective limits....

5. Gender and Europe (Nineteenth–Twenty-First Century)

Whether Europe is considered as an imagined or political space, a market, or a cultural zone, gender relations have been a central component in defining this space marked by shifting borders. We work jointly on gender and Europe, including the actors involved in European integration, the effect this integration has had on gender equality, and more generally on how women and men have lived in Europe. 

Women’s and gender history have now taken their rightful place in our research unit, and are structured around the following three aspects:

1. Citizenship, Feminism, Antifeminism...