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Research policy is based on the combination of three major fields:

  • Courses in Literature and Humanities Studies (from the age of Antiquity up to recent decades),
  • Languages and Civilizations,
  • The application of IT methods to Humanities Studies, including Language Sciences.

Going beyond the divisions of the chronological and traditional themes between the courses and sub-courses is necessary. This can be done by implementing multidisciplinary interfaces where they are needed for methodological reasons. Thus, Modern and Contemporary History on the one hand, and Ancient History and the Medieval Ages on the other hand, are both taught within a joint PhD school ("École doctorale").

The creation of the “Metaphysics” team, which was carried out in parallel with research conducted by Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy historians, also shows Paris-Sorbonne’s readiness to diversify its courses. Exchanges between concepts and languages are developing in Linguistics, Philosophy, Musicology, IT and Communication, as well as IT and Mathematics Applied to Humanities Studies.

Investing for the Future

Three original research projects were awarded funding through a national initiative:

• EHNE : Writing a New History of Europe
• OBVIL: An Observatory of Literary Life
• RESMED: Religions and Societies in theMediterranean World

Research in numbers

750 professor-researchers
2300 PhD students
Nearly 300 theses are defended each year
47 research teams

Moving towards a Centre for Humanities Studies

Research has taken on another step with the creation of  “La Maison de la Recherche” (Research Center) in 2005 which includes several specialized libraries and most of the schools for PhD students.


Maison de la Recherche
28 rue Serpente
75006 PARIS
+ 33 (0) 1 53 10 57 00