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
CRHIA researchers coordinate several projects (at European, national or regional levels); as an example: the national project “LABEX EHNE” (research strand 4) or the regional programmes “STARACO” and "IPRA". The Research centre benefits from the Paul Bois Library in Nantes (25.000 books) and gives supports to 6 Master degrees in Nantes and La Rochelle; as an example the research Master RIHMA “Relations internationales et histoire du monde atlantique”, the master in European and international studies: “L’Europe et le monde” and the Professionnal Master “Ingénierie en projets européens et internationaux”.
Finally, 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 ESPE.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
- Eric Schnakenbourg, Professor of Early-Modern History at the University of Nantes and CRHIA Director since 2015.
- Clément Thibaud, Senior Lecturer in Early-Modern and Modern History at the University of Nantes and CRHIA Vice-Director since 2015.
- Laurent Vidal, Professor of Modern History at the University of La Rochelle and CRHIA Vice-Director since 2012.