Research contracts

CRHIA researchers coordinate several projects : local, national, european and international. CRHIA is also a partner of european and ANR projects. 


Massacres et violences extrêmes à l'Antiquité

Le projet parabaino se propose d’appréhender les massacres et les violences extrêmes à travers les expériences grecque et romaine dans une perspective comparée et pluridisciplinaire (Anthropologie, Archéologie, Histoire, Histoire de l’Art, Lettres Classiques, Philosophie). Il s’agit d’étudier la genèse de ces pratiques afin d’inscrire l’Antiquité dans la compréhension globale des génocides et des violences de masse ; les résultats obtenus ont ainsi vocation à enrichir la connaissance des sociétés anciennes et à produire un savoir susceptible de contribuer à la réflexion d’ensemble sur le sujet. Les recherches sur le génocide mettent en valeur l’intemporalité des violences de masse, mais aussi la difficulté à les questionner en usant d’un mot élaboré par les Occidentaux au XXesiècle ; l’un des principaux verrous scientifiques à lever sera donc d’ordre conceptuel et terminologique.

Ce programme est coordonné au CRHIA, par l'intermédiaire d'Isabelle PIMOUGUET-PEDARROS, et mené en partenariat avec le CERHIC, par l'intermédiaire de Nathalie BARRANDON, le CReAAH et le laboratoire Histémé.


EHNE Project : rewriting european history


The EHNE project is one of the fifteen projects in social sciences supported by the French Ministry for Research and Higher Education in the framework of the call for proposals "Laboratoires d’Excellence".

The scientific approach has a wider ambition regarding the general interest : to shed light on the current crisis in Europe. This complex crisis containing multiple dimensions also finds itself associated with the inability of the current historiography to grasp the subject of Europe as a whole and to integrate the history of the European project into the global European history.

The CRHIA is the only one research centres not located in Paris and is in charge of one of the research themes: Europe, the Europeans and the world .

It is a great success for the CRHIA who is involved in a collaborative and excellence project with a long-term (10 years) and international perspective. The EHNE project will give a strong recognition to the Research centre.

Under the responsibility of Michel Catala, the CRHIA will be in charge of  theme 4 :

Europe, the Europeans and the world

The identity of Europe is defined by its relations to the rest of the world, whether close or remote, and also by relations, exchanges and feedbacks. We focus on movements from and towards Europe in all their aspects, on the transfers involved and on their impact on European identity/identities. Actors and vectors of these movements provide an analytical key: individual actors, networks, private and international organizations.

Our work will be divided into three sub-themes:

  • Sub-theme 1 : Exchange, circulations and migrations
  • Sub-theme 2 : International relations and strategies
  • Sub-theme 3 : Representations and Alterities

In Nantes, the research on theme 4 started on October 2012, 12th (first meeting of the coordination committee).

Virginie CHAILLOU-ATROUS (postdoctoral fellow) is in charge of the scientific follow-up.


Contact : labexehne4[@]


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Reparations, Compensations and Indemnities for slavery (Europe, Americas, Africa / 19th – 21th centuries)

The REPAIRS project, “Reparations, Compensations and Indemnities for slavery (Europe, Americas, Africa / 19th – 21th centuries)”, is granted by the French National Agency for Research (ANR) for 3 years and a half and started on January 2016, 1st. It is coordinated by the French National Centre for Research (CNRS – CIRESC lab, Myriam COTTIAS) and the CRHIA (University of Nantes) participate in the project thanks to Antonio DE ALMEIDA MENDES, senior lecturer in early-modern history.

The objective is to analyse the mechanisms of compensations by the States who owned slaves in Americas, Indian Ocean and some colonies in Africa concurrently with the French demands to Haiti in 1825, and to study, on a national and international perspective, reparations claims of groups from 1945 no nowadays (transnational circulations of ideas and demands).

Contact :



The creation of the resort area in the coastal cities

The BALNEOMAR project, granted within the framework of CAPES-COFECUB programme (France-Brazil cooperation), will last four years (2018 – 2021). It aims at developing new research collaboration to train French and Brazilian PhDs, supervised by experienced researchers.

The research theme is: "The creation of the resort area in the coastal cities. Circulation of models and experiences: State of Rio de Janeiro and Charente-Maritime County, from the 19th century to nowadays".

Coordination :

  • L. VIDAL, Professor of Modern History and CRHIA Vice-Director (Université de La Rochelle)
  • P. C. DA COSTA GOMES (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)

The project gathers together 12 experienced researchers and 5 early-stage researchers.

Contact > Laurent Vidal :



Slavery in Africa : a dialogue between Europe and Africa

The SLAFNET project, granted by Horizon 2020 (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) for three years (June 2017, 1st – June 2020, 1st), is led by Marie-Pierre BALLARIN, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement. CRHIA is participating in the project thanks to Antonio de ALMEIDA MENDES.

The overall objective of the project is to establish a top-level scientific network of several institutions and research groups from Europe and Africa on the field of slavery studies. It aims at focusing mutual efforts of 13 partners with extended and complementary competences in their respective research fields and at gathering multidisciplinary expertise in slavery-related issues by encouraging the exchange of young and senior researchers from both continents.

The partners are: IRD, CNRS, Université de Nantes, Bath Spa University, The University of Birmingham, Université de Yaoundé I, University of Mauritius, National Museums of Kenya, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Universidade de Lisboa, Universitaet Hamburg, Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Nairobi) and Addis Ababa University.

Contact : Antonio de ALMEIDA MENDES :



Explain Europe differently

Alliance Europa, granted by the France Pays de la Loire’s region, is a programme led by the Université of Nantes (Michel Catala from CRHIA research centre and Arnauld Leclerc) on the main European issues of the 21st century. It aims at creating a centre of excellence in social sciences and humanities focusing on the societal, cultural and political challenges that have to be taken up by Europe in the globalisation process. The programme gathers together 120 professors and senior lecturers from research centres located in 4 universities, and partners form civil society.

Contact :

  La Fabrique des idées européennes



Europe, from the research lab to the class

The LIPE project (Europe, from the research lab to the class), led by Michel CATALA, Professor of Modern History at CRHIA (University of Nantes), and Virginie CHAILLOU-ATROUS, PhD in Modern History at CRHIA (University of Nantes), aims at creating a digital platform to group innovative educational resources produced by national or international research programmes dealing with European issues (educational worksheets, corpus of documents, videos and web documentaries, audio recordings and radio programmes, MOOC, serious games, interactive maps, iconographic resources, etc.).

The project, managed by the LabEx EHNE and granted in the framework of Alliance Europa for two years (September 2016 to September 2018), gathers together the “Inspection Pédagogique Régionale”, teachers from secondary education, the University of Nantes (“Pôle Audiovisuel et Multimédia”) and international research programmes on Europe.

Contact > Virginie CHAILLOU-ATROUS :



The rule and the glory of the empire across christian kingdoms, 12th - 17th centuries

Imperialiter is a five-year project led by par Annick Peters-Custot, Professor of Medieval History at CRHIA (University of Nantes), Yann Lignereux, Professor of Early-Modern History at CRHIA (University of Nantes), Francesco Panarelli (University of Basilicata) and Fulvio Delle Donne (University of Basilicata).

The main objective is to study, in a comprehensive manner and by addressing the “imperiality” issue (the Empire as the aim of political constructions), Christian “pseudo-Empires” during Middle-Age and Early-modern period (France, Sicily, England, Castile, Italian city-states (Venice, Milan), etc.)

By the end of the project, a reference book on “The rule and the glory of the Empire across Christian kingdoms, 12th-17th centuries” will be published.




Religious norms and practices

The project “Religious norms and practices between and the West and the East (9th – 19th centuries)”, is coordinated for five years (2017-2021) by the École française de Rome, the École française d’Athènes and the Centre de recherche français à Jérusalem.

It aims at studying the concept of ecclesiastic norm, between practices and model: which are the processes used to define a norm and its power to organize the daily practices of the Church?...

Contact: Annick PETERS-CUSTOT:



The CRIHAM research centre (EA 4270 – University of Poitiers) is managing a long-term project which aims at creating an historical atlas of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. The CRHIA research centre is a partner of the project thanks to the involvement of Mickaël Augeron, senior lecturer in early-modern history at CRHIA – La Rochelle.

Contact > Mickaël Augeron :



In the framework of a cooperation agreement between the Universities of Nantes and Antalya, Isabelle Pimouguet-Pedarros, Professor of Ancient History at CRHIA-Nantes, and N. Cevik, Professor at the University of Antalya, are coordinating a research mission, lasting several years, on the area of Myra and its harbour, Andriake (Turkey).

Located in south Anatolia, Myra-Andriake was one of the most important cities of Lycia during Hellenistic and Roman periods as well as the Byzantine Empire.

CRHIA-Nantes, under the direction of Isabelle Pimouguet-Pedarros, deals with issues linked to war and defence (fortifications, weaponry and military iconography) as well as spatial organisation, soil occupation and peopling in Myra and its surroundings.

More information : Isabelle Pimouguet-Pédarros :


The CRHIA coordinate, under the responsibility of Françoise MARTINEZ (Universidad Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis) and Pablo ORTEMBERG (CONICET), ECOS-Sud project from 2018 to 2021.

The main objective is to study, with a gap of 100 years, the communication and information strategies of the nation states for the centenary and bicentenary commemorations of the independences in South America.

The project team gathers together:

In France:

  • Experienced researchers: Françoise MARTINEZ and Christophe GIUDICELLI
  • Early-stage researchers: Natalia MOLINARO, Quitterie DUBOSCQ, Sarah DICHY-MALHERME, Paola DUVAL-CHIQUILLO, Elie LANDRIEU and Julie PONTVIANNE

In Argentina:

  • Experienced researchers: Pablo ORTEMBERG and Paula BRUNO
  • Experienced researchers: Melisa DECIANCIO, Natalia FATTORE, Camila PEROCHENA and Carla VENTURINI


Mis à jour le 29 June 2020.