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Welcome to CIRHUS!

Welcome to the new website of CIRHUS (UMI 3199 CNRS-NYU) the Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, whose goal is to foster collaboration between CNRS and New York University. In exploring the website you will see that since we have defined three new research clusters and have created procedures to solicit and evaluate collaborative projects to be undertaken both at NYU and in French research centers. In its first six months, CIRHUS has organized an international symposium and two significant scholarly workshops and is currently finalizing an agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation for a series of joint research fellowships. Beginning in September 2013, we will be joined by two new CNRS researchers for a period of two Years and six Visiting Fellows who will each spend two months at the Center. In the near future, we hope to put in place funding to better support doctoral student research and participation in the Center. Let us take the opportunity to invite NYU and CNRS colleagues whose interests coincide with those of the CIRHUS to contact us about becoming involved in this new and exciting initiative.

Randall White and Nicolas Guilhot


  • Ph.D. Fellowships

    CNRS offers four grants to doctoral students enrolled in French Ph.D. programs that include a 20 month visiting fellowship at CIRHUS. Read more.

  • CIRHUS Director to lead excavations at early art site

    CIRHUS Director Randall White will lead an international, multidisciplinary scientific team in excavations at Abri Cellier, a rockshelter in the Vézère Valley of SW France which has yielded some of the oldest art in the world. New research at the site by a team of 15 French and American scientists will seek to understand the precise date and paleoethnographic context of several engraved limestone slabs discovered during poorly-controlled, pre-modern excavations in 1927.

  • First CIRHUS-Rockefeller Archive Center Fellowship laureates.

    The first successful laureates of the CIRHUS-Rockefeller fellowships have been announced. Francisco Roa Bastos (Université Paris I) will come to CIRHUS and the Rockefeller Archive Center in June and July 2014 to do research on the funding of comparative politics research. Elise Aurières (Université Paris I), who is currently a visiting fellow at CIRHUS, will come back in January 2015 to pursue her work on the influence of Alexandre Koyré in the United States.

  • CIRHUS Research featured in NY Times and National Geographic

    A major discovery about Neandertal funeral practices by CIRHUS researcher William Rendu is the subject of articles in the New York Times and National Geographic magazine. Rendu's recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides further evidence that the Neanderthals buried their dead 50,000 years ago. His research is also featured on the CNRS website and is currently on the NYU front page.

  • Stéphane Tonnelat interviewed by French daily Libération.

    CIRHUS researcher Stéphane Tonnelat and his colleague Martin Aranguren talk about the results of their ongoing research project on social interactions in public spaces.

  • CIRHUS-Rockefeller Archive Center Fellowships

    The CIRHUS and the Rockefeller Archive Center are pleased to announce the establishment of a joint fellowship program.
    This fellowship is open to scholars in French universities and research institutions working in the history of the social sciences and the humanities, broadly understood. Every year, up to five fellows will be awarded the fellowship and be able to spend time between the CIRHUS premises at NYU and the Rockefeller Archive Center in Tarrytown.

  • Previous Announcements

    Click above for a list of previous announcements and CIRHUS news

Upcoming Events

  • May

    Thursday, May 1st, 5:00 p.m.

    A History of Behavioral Economics

    CIRHUS, Dean's Conference Room, 2nd floor

    What explains the emergence of Behavioural Economics as a distinct disciplinary field? This talk will cover the multiple contexts in which this field originated, from the Kahneman/Tversky collaboration to the establishment of the ‘Behavioral Economics Program’ funded by the Sloan and Russell Sage foundations, tying it specifically to the social and political contexts of the newly established state of Israel on the one hand and the USA in the mid-1980’s on the other.