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The CRHIA activities are organised along three main research themes to foster and develop its position of European and international leader on the history of the Atlantic area and of exchanges and international relations.

> Research theme 1
> Research theme 2
> Research theme 3
> Cross-disciplinary theme

Research theme 1

Flows of People, Things, and Knowledge: connections and Reconfigurations

This research theme is grounded in a framework at the crossroads of several historiographical developments in Atlantic history. It should be understood as a framework to be tested, a reservoir of questions that dialogue with other spaces with comparable (not similar) functioning and that were clearly in contact with the Atlantic. Naturally, such a project leads to connected, global, transnational and world history, whose variety of appellations reveals a certain imprecision, probably due to the vast regions under investigation. Starting from this theoretical basis, three main directions for research have been selected:

  • Variety of migration processes and experiences
  • Port-Cities: their types, forms, and societies
  • Flows of knowledge, pratice, and goods

Research theme 2

Rivalry and negotiation: international relations, diplomacy, and war

Theme 2 of the CRHIA’s academic programme focuses on the forms and manifestations of States sociability and their rivalries, accommodations and clashes. New historiographical approaches now make it possible to design research projects over the longue durée, and this theme will bring together specialists from multiple periods and regions. We want to reflect on the factors that ordered international life and the emergence and processes of a sociability among States. The European and Atlantic areas will be privileged without, however, prohibiting interconnections with other continents, which will enrich the study of international relations in a global perspective.

  • International relations
  • Actors and processes of diplomacy
  • War and peace

Research theme 3

The Dynamics of alterity: Representations and governance of cultural and religious groups

Theme three studies alterity, particularly in communities, as a changing and dynamic construct that calls into play various categorizations and circulations. These serve as mirrors of the society or institution that produced them, and their complexity warrants a multidisciplinary approach that is particularly sensitive to issues of discourse, perception and the social imaginary.

  • Construction of the other and construction of the self
  • Transfer of ideas and of images
  • The 'ethno-geopolitics' of Empires

Cross-disciplinary theme

  • Sea and coastline interactions