Theme 3 “Culture and Heritage”

Theme 3 “Culture and Heritage”

Directors: Dominique Moncond’huy & Frédéric Chauvaud

As part of the wide field of Humanities, this axis offers a better understanding of Western societies’ culture, from Antiquity till now, through the processing and analysis of tangible and intangible heritage data. It is meant to operate transdisciplinary connections with other social sciences and more distant disciplines (computer sciences, digital imaging, medicine, palaeontology etc.); it maintains professional connections in several ways with cultural industries and citizen contemporary concerns. We organize annual days that unite all researchers involved (e.g. description in June 2015). It develops around four themes:

  • “Collections and Cabinets of curiosities” (dir. V. Meyer and D. Moncond’huy). Gathering historians, art historians and literary researchers (with the assistance of musicologists), this theme intends to cross-reference the approaches of professors-researchers who, each in their specific field, encounter problems related to yesterday and today collections. Since 2014, they have made of the catalogue their object of study (two study days in 2014 and 2015; another in the INHA in 2015).
  • “Impairment, disability, violence: the body to the test” (dir. F. Chauvaud.). Bringing together historians, psychologists, lawyers, literary researchers etc., this approach intends to favour works on the body, both in the long term as in the most immediate actuality. For example, it addresses sexual and physical violence in comics, contemporary surveys, judicial literature or archives. Works in progress concern the body, whether impaired, disabled or victimhood.
  • “From data to speeches: Humanities facing the signs and their notation” (dir. S. Finding). Gathering teachers and researchers from several disciplines (linguists, historians, literary researchers, historians, musicologists etc.), this theme deals with the question of the sign and its writing. The confrontation with different funds, archives and documents of different nature induces a shared reflection on the nature, perception and uses of these specific data.
  • “Today signs for a yesterday reality: virtual restoration of antique environments” (dir. N. Dieudonné-Glad). Involving a close collaboration with computer scientists and architects, this project conducted by historians and archaeologists is fully turned to virtual restitution and therefore combines scientific approach and the solving of various technical problems, to better achieve a valuation potentially turned to the broadest public.


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