Thematic projects

The Foundation supports and hosts programmes and seminars on critical issues or innovatives themes in humanities and social science.

Ecological Transition and Social Justice

Inequalities of "power of action" and justice of the ecological transition
To conceptualize the differences in the ability of households to act, the project proposes a notion of "power of action", which integrates the context of individual situations and the "room for maneuver" available to individuals, such as psychological and normative dimensions of acting.

The primary stake of the Transilience project is the establishment of a participatory research system aimed at bringing together academics, associations, public authorities, businesses and citizens, through the development of collaborative tools making it possible to share and operationalize knowledge on transition and territorial resilience.

TransAlps - Sustainable transition and applied research in alpine territories
The TRANSAlp project aims to empirically explore the conditions of a transition to sustainability and social justice in singular socio-spatial configurations, and to inquire on the role that social sciences, and in particular an applied and implicated socio-anthropology, can play in the setting up of new governance models.

Populism and democracy

Perpignan social laboratory
Analysis of the the National Rally victory in the municipal elections of Perpignan in 2020 as a meeting on the electoral market, between a renewed populist offer and a populist demand shaped by the transformations of the territory since the municipal election of 1959.

A sociohistory of democratic representations of populism
The scientific debate on populism has tended, in recent years, to be polarized around two antagonistic positions: one makes populism the manifestation of all the pathologies that threaten our representative democracies, the other sees in populism the main virtuous dynamic which crosses our democracies enslaved to neoliberal political rationality. This polarization of the scientific debate is the starting point of this project.

Arts & HSS

The politics of images
A forum for study and discussion of the relationship between images and politics, taking account of contemporary developments in visual studies, anthropology and the philosophy of images, visual semiotics and any other field that takes a complex, thoughtful approach to this relationship.

Global art?
This research program aims to bring to light the issues, methods and consequences of artistic circulation in the context of political and protest art and artistic activism.

Professional views on evidences at the International Criminal Court
Based on an alliance of the tools of art and the human and social sciences, the project raises the question of the conceptual and material equipment that judges need to reduce problematic distances.

Yif Menga
The purpose of this project is to imagine a bridge between performance as a political act and research in the human and social sciences, a platform for exchanges where artists and researchers meet to produce together beyond amphitheaters or spectacle.

Digital humanities

The blockchain technology
This project raises the question of the renewal (or not) of economic and legal reflections in Europe in terms of regulations in the digital age.

Savoirs is an intelligent digital library, dedicated to the history and anthropology of knowledge, from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.

French-Arab-Berber Wiktionary
A project to promote dialogue between North African and French researchers, pool their knowledge of the cultures on both shores of the Mediterranean and provide a basis for thinking about lexical practices in these different scientific and cultural contexts.

For a digital and qualitative mediation platform for the corpus of Open and Massive Data in HSS
The digital divide (also the digital deficiency) greatly influences the question of completeness, which can amplify the phenomenon of relevance. This project therefore proposes the creation of an Open Data, intelligent, interactive platform of digital data corpus for users and research uses in SHS.

New Uses of digital and Continuity!
While researchers, administrators and companies have been working for decades to develop distance learning tools, no one could anticipate the transformations brought about by sudden confinement and the problems that have arisen afterwards and will continue to arise. . These challenges gave birth to the NUNC! project, which aims to assess the realities of the appropriation of digital techniques for distance education.

Combining distant reading and distant viewing: using neural networks to analyze the evolution of arts/sciences relations in the Leonardo journal
The objective of this program is to analyze the evolution of arts/sciences relations from published texts and images in order to propose new methodologies for the analysis of newspapers.

Changing World(s)

Actors, images and thoughts in networks between Europe and the Caribbean
This program aims to demonstrate how the woven, interconnected and constantly moving networks between Europe and the Caribbean have impacted colonial history, but also European, Caribbean scholarly, literary and artistic history.

This multidisciplinary program proposes to approach the writing of biological knowledge not only in the literary works of the 19th and 20th centuries but also in the texts of historians, philosophers and sociologists.

This research group runs a bi-weekly seminar aimed at updating a multi-year program on comparative approaches to the socio-economic development of emerging countries, especially the BRICs.

Global Legal Studies Network
The network “Global Legal Studies Network” (GLSN) of the Foundation of the MSH Paris aims to link researchers, practitioners, experts, teachers, who devote themselves to the globalization of law.

Reflection and study group on Colombia, Latin America and Caribbean.

Caribbean and Transatlantic Worlds on the Move
The research group relates the observable social dynamics in post-slavery and post-colonial areas. La Caraïbe y est considérée comme un paradigme permettant de décliner la diversité des expériences issues du rapport entre modernité et esclavage.

Trouble dans les collections
The online journal Trouble in Collections focuses on the contentious and contested history of a number of museum institutions and collections in Africa and Europe, and discusses their possible futures.