The Foundation celebrates 60 years

60 ans de la FMSH
Created by the historian Fernand Braudel in 1963, the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Declared public utility, the Foundation Maison des sciences de l'homme is the first French foundation dedicated to humanities and social sciences.

For more than 60 years, the Foundation has remained faithful to its original mission: promote the free circulation of knowledge, nurture interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue, and develop the necessary tools to access and disseminate knowledge.

Through the programs and services it develops for the benefit of the scientific community, the FMSH works to advance knowledge in humanities and social sciences to better understand the complexity of the world and explore the common challenges facing our societies.

Throughout the year, a series of events and meetings will highlight 60 years of action in favor of research in humanities and social sciences.

60th Anniversary Agenda

The Éditions de la MSH facing the world's challenges

The FMSH celebrates the 60th anniversary of the decree that gave life to Fernand Braudel's project: a "Home" for humanities and social sciences, a unique place for exchanges and scientific impetus, which our publishing house has been promoting since the 1980s

→ Octobre 11, 2023

Les Éditions de la MSH face aux enjeux du monde

Capitalism, anticapitalism and social sciences engaged on a global scale

organised as part of its 60th anniversary, this international conference aims to take stock of the work of Immanuel Wallerstein, and to highlight its relevance to the challenges, uncertainties and unknowns of the present and future.

→ 11/12 Sept. 2023

Affiche du colloque Wallerstein

Sleepless Night at the Comptoir

On the occasion of the Paris Nuit Blanche, the Foundation invites you to the heart of its Comptoir to observe the different faces of the night. Geographers, anthropologists, musicologists, literary scholars and historians will take you in turn, through their paths and work, to a new nocturnal horizon.

→ June 3, 2023 | 8 pm-midnight

Nuit Blanche au Comptoir

Parcours d’intellectuels en exil : un humanisme sans frontières

Organized in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, this series of four conferences seeks to make visible the complexity of the trajectories of intellectuals in exile and their importance both for the renewal of thought and for democracy. 

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Sculptures de la série "Les Voyageurs" de Bruno Catalano

La Maison des sciences de l'homme de Paris. Une utopie braudélienne réalisée. 1963-2005

The book written by Marcel Fournier presents the history of the FMSH, from its beginnings to the present day, and its contribution to a better understanding - multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary - of a world that has become multi-polar and global.

Published in March

Couverture de l'ouvrage de Marcel Fournier

Inauguration of the new place "Le Comptoir"

The FMSH is inaugurating a new meeting place with the humanities and social sciences. Le Comptoir is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of humanities and social sciences that combines the sale of books and journals with an original scientific and cultural programme.

February 2, 2023


What is a house of human sciences? A history of the FMSH (1963-2023)

A workshop to provide a more complex vision of the institution and its research policies over the last sixty years, and to explore the competitive space of Parisian and French academic institutions over this period.

February 1st, 2023

Façade de la MSH
Published at 29 January 2023