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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

  • April

    Thursday, April 10th, 10:30 a.m.

    The false start in economic analyses of law

    CIRHUS - Dean's Conference Room - 2nd floor

    Most of the historical works on “law and economics” focus on the origins of the movement (the 1940s and 1950s) or on its wide recognition (in the 1970s) by economists and legal scholars. Not much has been written about the 1960s and, quite surprisingly, on what happened at the University of Chicago. In this talk, Alain Marciano will focus on the work of two dissenters: law professors, Walter J. Blum and Harry Kalven, Jr. Although immersed in economics and interacting with the main actors of the law and economics movement in the early 1950s, they rejected economics as a possible and useful help for solving legal problems. In other words, they rejected the idea of an “economic analysis of law” that Posner and Landes and Ehrlich would “invent” in the early 1970s.

  • Thursday, April 17th, 10:00 a.m.

    Vincent Debiais, “Empty: The Inscription of Blankness”

    King Juan Carlos Center, 701 (co-sponsored by the Department of History)

    Inscriptions carved or engraved on wood, metal and stone are omnipresent in medieval practices of writing and reading. They are the monumental parts of the textual networks defining medieval graphic landscapes. Inscriptions have been used for many reasons during the Middle Ages and they answered different objectives of communication thanks to the content of texts and the visual impact of epigraphic objects. Because these two aspects have usually been separated in European research on the topic, the presentation will demonstrate how the dialogue between content and form operate in medieval inscriptions. Throughout some examples inscribed in France during 11th and 12th centuries, it will emphasize in particular some implications of epigraphic writing in medieval Law and Romanesque Aesthetics around the notions of evidence, absence, blankness and silence.

  • Thursday, April 17th, 5:00 p.m.

    Philanthropic Domination

    CIRHUS - Dean's Conference Room - 2nd floor

    Why did the US adaptations of Max Weber’s ideas prevail in Spanish-speakingcountries despite preexisting local translations? In several Spanish-speaking countries, local Weber interpretations, based on translations like Economía y sociedad (México DF, 1944) were replaced by the US adaptations. In the US but also elsewhere, the reception of Weber’s oeuvre was dependent upon a number of adaptations, primarily Talcott Parsons’ structural functionalism and its sequel, Gabriel Almond’s theory of political development, which was devised within the SSRC Committee on Comparative Politics and became predominant in Argentina as early as 1960. By contrast, neither autochthonous foreign nor interpretations took firm roots in Mexico until the 1980s, with only one exception, Hans Morgenthau’s theory of international relations, which also received some support from the SSRC. The talk will highlight the role of the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations and of their the local institutional relays in explaining these patterns of diffusion and translation of sociological theory in Argentina, Mexico, and Spain.