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Welcome to CIRHUS!

Welcome to CIRHUS, the joint research center between NYU and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). CIRHUS supports collaborative projects across the social sciences and the humanities between NYU faculty and visiting researchers from CNRS and higher education institutions in France. It runs several competitive fellowship programs enabling visiting researchers to come to NYU and NYU faculty and postdocs to spend time in France. We invite you to subscribe to our mailing list to receive regular announcements regarding our programs, activities and events.


  • Seminar on Pan-Africanism

    Fall 2016 - Spring 2017: Pan-Africanism Beyond the 1960s. Intellectual History & Political Practices

  • February 10: Book Event

    The Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences at NYU, will be hosting a book event with Peter E. Gordon (Harvard), Tamsin Shaw (NYU), and Hent de Vries (Johns Hopkins), to celebrate the publication of Peter E. Gordon's "Adorno and Existence" (Harvard University Press, 2016).

  • January 27: Révolution Afrique

    Pan-Africanism Seminar: "Révolution Afrique. Pan-Africanism from Below in the 1970s in Post-Colonial Paris" presented by Jean-Philippe Dedieu (CIRHUS) & Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye (CNRS)

  • October 4: Seminar

    Laurent Thévenot and Roger Friedland: Contesting the Liberal State:Grammars of Commonality and Institutional Logics as Modes of Political Understanding

  • October 31: Public Lecture

    Dr Julia Ng (Goldsmiths College, University of London): Daoism and Critical Theory

  • October 5: Public Lecture

    Laurent Thévenot: Reconstructing Critique: The Challenge of the Latest Emperor's New Clothes

  • October 3: Lecture

    CIRHUS will host Professor Daniel Speich of the University of Lucerne for a paper on "The Ambivalent Role of Planning in African Decolonization."

  • NYU Intellectual History Workshop

    NYU Intellectual History Workshop: Spring 2016 Schedule

  • May 26-27: International Workshop

    International Workshop: Ethnographies of Mass Transportation in a Globalized World

  • Divided

    April 20: The Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting "A Divided Republic? The Meaning of France."

  • Bourgeois New York and charitable action in the Progressive Year

    April 19: "Bourgeois New York and charitable action in the Progressive Year," by Christian Topalov

  • The Politics Of Emergency

    On Monday April 4th, CIRHUS holds an open political theory workshop on Emergency Politics, organized by Bertrand Guillarme.

  • Neandertal cultural diversity

    CIRHUS, March 29th, CNRS Researcher William Rendu will discuss the behavioral and cultural diversity among Neandertal populations in Southwestern Europe

  • Art in construction sites: Do as workers do

    CIRHUS research fellow Stephane Tonnelat will present on March 8 his recently released ethnographic book "L'art en chantier" which explores new relations between art, and the work of urban design and construction in Paris, France.

  • New book by CIRHUS member: "L'art en chantier"

    A new book by Stéphane Tonnelat explores the relations between contemporary art, labor and urban design through an ethnography of an artist's workshop embedded in a construction site on the fringes of Paris.

  • March 3: Doing Public History Today

    Doing Public History Today. From France to America

  • February 22: Exposed. Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age

    The Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CNRS/NYU) at New York University presents a discussion of Bernard E. Harcourt's new book: "Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age" (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015).

  • University of Piraeus & CIRHUS Conference

    The Eastern Mediterranean in Historical Perspective

  • Proceedings

    Proceedings of CIRHUS international symposium on Aurignacian Genius published in the journal P@lethnology/Palethnologie

  • CIRHUS Fellowships

    CIRHUS to offer visiting fellowships to France for NYU faculty and post-docs

  • CESPRA Symposium

    Nicolas Guilhot presents his recent work on the realist interpretations of Machiavelli in the 20th century at the Journée d'Etude 'Actualités du Machiavélisme" organized by the CESPRA and the Société des Amis de Raymond Aron. June 9, 2015.

  • CIRHUS lunchtime seminar

    CIRHUS, December 8, Solange Rigaud will present the results of her research on the complex cultural mechanisms underlying the transition to farming in Europe.

  • Art and the Brain at the University of Cambridge
  • Visiting Fellows

    CIRHUS, October 27, CIRHUS Fellows discuss their research and main findings.

  • International Workshop

    This workshop will examine public-private partnerships that contribute to the development of public space and urban amenities with a new urban aesthetics and architectural quality.

  • Wenner-Gren Symposium

    CIRHUS Director presents new results in high-level Wenner-Gren Symposium on Fire and the Genus Homo.

  • Futures of Intellectual History

    A venue for conversation about graduate work in intellectual history

  • Dystopian Democracies

    In partnership with the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of Council of Europe, CIRHUS presents the conference: Towards Dystopian Democracies in Europe and the USA? From Prejudice In Immigration Policies to Mass Surveillance in Counterterrorism Operations.

  • Decision

    This international workshop is the last of a series of meetings meant to address these questions and explore the transformation of our understanding of sovereign decision-making in the 20th century.

  • New discoveries

    CIRHUS, September 29, Randall White discusses new discoveries of Prehistoric art

  • New work by CIRHUS Visiting Fellow

    CIRHUS Visiting Fellow Ada Ackerman publishes new work on the American photographer Margaret Bourke White

  • Stranded in Marseille

    CIRHUS Research Fellow Jean-Philippe Dedieu publishes new work in The New Yorker on the failed expectations of urban renewal in France’s multicultural port city.

  • New study questions recently announced Paleolithic art dates

    A study by an international group of prehistoric art specialists, including CIRHUS's Director Randall White, has just appeared in the journal Quaternary International. The authors raise serious doubts on methodological grounds about the validity of recently claimed dates of older than 40,000 years for Paleolithic wall art, and they go on to express concerns about the destructive nature of the sampling procedures used to obtain such dates. See accompanying audioslide presentation here.

  • New Research by CIRHUS Member

    A study conducted by Solange Rigaud and published in PLOS ONE provides new clues regarding the spread of farming in Europe 8000 years ago. See the announcement.

  • Material Culture Review publishes proceedings of CIRHUS workshop

    The proceedings of the workshop organized in 2013 by CIRHUS fellow Noémie Etienne are now available in print. This special issue of the Material Culture Review focuses on the de-localization and re-localization of material culture on different scales—between continents, but also within the same country or even within an apartment. This perspective allows to study the migration of objects from one territory to another.

  • 'Why words don't work'

    Ruth-Ben Ghiat's latest installment in her CNN series on the legacies of World War One

  • Grants for dissertation research in France

    The French Embassy in the United States offers grants allowing doctoral students to pursue their research in a French research center for a period of 4 to 9 months. Further information about the application process can be found here.