Our universities are at the intersection between the French and European maritime and continental areas, which implies openness towards the world and overseas territories as well as exchanges, contacts and transfers between civilizations on political, economical, cultural and artistic fields.
Through a field of study which spans all time periods and a thematic focus on the Atlantic area, our global project for 2012-2016 relies on three main research themes :
Research theme 1 : Atlantic worlds, societies, exchanges and powers
Research theme 2 : France, Europe and the world : international relations, identities and North-South representations
Research theme 3 : Exchanges and mediations in ancient and medieval worlds
Our research are also focused on a cross-disciplinary theme for 2012-2013 : sea and coastline interactions.
Furthermore, the CRHIA benefits from a double accreditation, the main academic institution is the University of Nantes and the secondary one is the University of La Rochelle. Some research professors and senior lecturers come from the University of the French West Indies, the University of Abidjan, the Universities of South-Brittany, Le Mans, Angers and Poitiers, and the IUFM.
Resources are shared : the Paul Bois Library in Nantes, the website, the CRHIA collection entitled “Enquêtes et documents : échanges, relations internationales et histoire du monde atlantique”, published by the Rennes University Press and the CRHIA annual seminar. Various symposiums, workshops and conferences are also organised.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
- Michel Catala, Professor of Modern History at the University of Nantes and CRHIA Director since 2005 (re-elected in 2012)
- Eric Schnakenbourg, Senior Lecturer in Early-Modern History at the University of Nantes and CRHIA Vice-Director since 2012
- Laurent Vidal, Professor of Modern History at the University of La Rochelle and CRHIA Vice-Director since 2012