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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.


  • CIRHUS fellowships in France closed for 2015

    CIRHUS has awarded seven fellowships to NYU faculty and students for 2015, totaling 12 months of research in France. Applications for 2015 are closed and will resume on September 1st, 2015, for fellowships in France during calendar year 2016.

  • '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.

  • CIRHUS fellow interviewed by France 24TV

    CIRHUS fellow Jean-Philippe Dedieu is interviewed by France 24TV about European migration policies. Watch part one here, and part two here.

  • Previous Announcements

    Click above for a list of previous announcements and CIRHUS news

Upcoming Events

  • March

    Thursday, March 12th, 6:00 p.m.

    Abram de Swaan: Genocidal regimes and their perpetrators

    CIRHUS, Dean's Conference Room, 2nd floor

    Abram De Swaan will talk about his new book The Killing Compartments; The Mentality of Mass Murder (Yale U.P., Jan 2015). Episodes of mass annihilation occur in societies that have gone through a process of compartmentalization, in which the target group is increasingly separated from the rest of the population at every level: culturally and institutionally, in everyday interaction and in personal experience. But the process of annihilation may proceed in different modes, such as a ‘conquerors’ frenzy’ or a self-destructive ‘losers’ triumph’. There is almost complete consensus that genocidal perpetrators are ‘ordinary men’, but this has blocked the insight that most perpetrators do differ in some decisive respects from most other people.