The Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS)

The scientific objectives of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences are to study and understand societies and human beings by developing theories, methods and tools in the units it steers alone or jointly. In partnership with universities and major research and higher education institutions, the INSHS favours the emergence of new research themes, multidisciplinarity within the human and social sciences and interdisciplinary links with other sciences. Finally, it promotes the internationalization of French humanities and social sciences.

Describing, analyzing and understanding humans in society:

Throughout their history, human beings have created languages, languages and signs. They have invented forms of expression and representation, nurtured and transmitted cultures and developed knowledge and theories. They have also been willingly involved in complex political, social, legal and economic organizations. They have explored, occupied and managed the Earth which has often led to conflict with significant consequences for other species and the planet's resources. The aim of the research carried out by the INSHS's units is to understand this full set of elements.

A long-term commitment to clearly stated scientific priorities

The INSHS works in a complementary manner to its partners within joint research units. Currently, it particularly provides support for area studies, comparative approaches, global studies and transnationalization. From a methodological standpoint, this work focuses on formalization, quantification, modelling and simulation, digital humanities and gender studies. It also assists in the development of thematic research in the fields of education, health, human security and the relationship between artificial intelligence and the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). The INSHS plays a specific role in France in the development of archaeological sciences, anthropology and classical studies with constant thought and study aimed at making sure its priorities evolve and remain up-to-date.

Encouraging international research

The INSHS has prioritized the internationalization of its scientific communities' research as have the other nine CNRS institutes. It implements this policy through a variety of initiatives and projects. In particular, the Institute encourages its staff to interact with scientific communities in countries with a long tradition of research as well as in scientifically emerging countries.

To achieve this, the INSHS has created several International Research Laboratories (IRLs). With the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the INSHS jointly steers an exceptional network of International Research Laboratories (Umifre). The Institute also provides financial support for the international mobility of many researchers. It encourages their participation in International Emerging Actions (IEAs), International Research Networks (IRNs) and International Research Projects (IRPs).

The Institute's commitment to interdisciplinarity at the CNRS

The INSHS works in harmony with the approach involving exchanges and cross-disciplinary research defined by the CNRS's Mission for Transversal and Interdisciplinary Initiatives (MITI).

For example, the Institute works on joint research projects on the brain, cognition and behaviour with the Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB). The INSHS also runs projects with the Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE) which study the relationships between human beings and their environments involving research units that are steered or jointly steered by the Institute. It also encourages its researchers to interact with the fields of computer and engineering sciences.

The CNRS MITI

Support for IR and TGIR

Access to digital data is both an asset and a challenge for the INSHS because it promotes interdisciplinarity. Research Infrastructures (IRs) specializing in the humanities and social sciences make the best use of these massive data flows.

This is particularly the case of two Very Large-Scale Research Infrastructures (TGIRs) whose national roll-out is actively supported by the INSHS:

  • Progedo which aims to speed up the production and management of data in universities;
  • Huma-Num ("Humanités numériques", Digital Humanities) which offers collective data storage, processing interoperability and dissemination services.

They work in conjunction with the National Network of Houses of Human Sciences (RNMSH)which brings together and coordinates the research of 23 establishments in France. Today, the RNMSH has become the prime meeting place for partnerships and exchanges between universities, organizations and local authorities.

Organigramme

Direction

Directrice (1)

Assistante

Directeur adjoint (1)

Direction adjointe scientifique

Directeurs adjoints scientifiques (11)

Sections 31-32 Mondes anciens et médiévaux

DAS

Section 33 Mondes modernes et contemporains

Section 34 Sciences du langage / Section 26 Cerveau, cognition, comportement

Section 35 Philosophie, littératures, arts / Communication

Section 36 Sociologie et sciences du droit

Section 37 Économie et gestion

Section 38 Anthropologie et étude comparative des sociétés contemporaines

Section 39 Espaces, territoires, sociétés Interdisciplinarité

Section 40 Politique, pouvoir, organisation / SHS Santé

International

Science ouverte, édition scientifique et données de recherche / Maisons des sciences de l'Homme

Chargés de mission (2)

GIS IReSP

Interdisciplinarité

Direction adjointe administrative

Directrice adjointe administrative (2)

Adjointe

Assistante direction

Suivi des portefeuilles d'unités

Hommes et milieux : évolution, interactions (2)

Section 31

CEAS

Section 31

Secrétaire

Section 31

Mondes anciens et médiévaux (2)

Section 32

CEAS

Section 32

Secrétaire

Section 32

Mondes modernes et contemporains (2)

Section 33

CEAS

Section 33

Secrétaire

Section 33

Sciences du langage (2)

Section 34

CEAS

Section 34

Secrétaire

Section 34

Philosophie, littératures, arts (2)

Section 35

CEAS

Section 35

Secrétaire

Section 35

Sociologie et sciences du droit (2)

Section 36

CEAS

Section 36

Secrétaire

Section 36

Économie, gestion (2)

Section 37

CEAS

Section 37

Secrétaire

Section 37

Anthropologie et étude comparative des sociétés contemporaines (2)

Section 38

CEAS

Section 38

Secrétaire

Section 38

Espaces, territoires, sociétés (2)

Section 39

CEAS

Section 39

Secrétaire

Section 39

Politique, pouvoir, organisation (2)

Section 40

CEAS

Section 40

Secrétaire

Section 40

Maisons des sciences de l'Homme (2)

Secrétaire

International (2)

DAS

Missions et Pôles

Affaires juridiques et Partenariats (2)

Responsable

Secrétaire

Campus Condorcet (6)

Cheffe de projet / GT Finances

GT Finances / GT DGS

Grand Equipement Documentaire (GED)

GT Communication

Communication (4)

Directeur adjoint scientifique

Responsable communication

Chargée de communication

Assistante communication

Europe et International (6)

Directrice adjointe scientifique

Responsable / Adjointe DAS

Chargé de mission - Membre du GTN SHS

Chargé de la coopération européenne (Europe, IRN, IRP)

CEAS (IEA)

Secrétaire (SMI, contrats doctoraux)

Formations – Ecoles thématiques (2)

Assistante communication

Innovation, valorisation et partenariats industriels (4)

Responsable

Chargé de valorisation

Assistante valorisation

CM Innovatives SHS

Interdisciplinarité (3)

CEAS

Secrétaire

Maisons des sciences de l’homme (3)

Observatoire des activités, publications, productions des chercheurs et ingénieurs en SHS (3)

Responsable

Assistante documentation

Assistante communication

Réseaux et prospective scientifique (5)

CEAS - GIS et RTP

CEAS - GDR

Responsable juridique

Secrétaire

Ressources financières (3)

Responsable

Gestionnaire

Gestionnaire

Ressources humaines (6)

Campagne chercheurs hors recrutement (éméritat, promotion, accueils en détachement)

Campagne chercheurs (éméritat, promotion, accueils en détachement)

Prospective emploi / Cartographie

Correspondante formation

Campagnes IT-CCD (IT et chercheurs) - Suivi niveau d’emploi

Concours chercheurs

Science ouverte, édition scientifique et données de recherche (2)

Directeur adjoint scientifique

Chargée de la politique de soutien aux revues scientifiques et données de recherche

TGIR / IR (3)

The INSHS in figures

Nearly 25,000 researchers, engineers and technicians working in over 300 research structures 

The INSHS applies CNRS research policy at its own level. Its work is based on the various operational structures jointly created and led by the CNRS and its partners - joint research units (UMRs), joint service units (UMSs), service and research units (USRs), research federations (FRs), research networks (GDRs), service groups (GDSs). With the National Network of Houses of Human Sciences, the Institute jointly supports 22 of the network's Houses.

Key figures

  • 9 799 researchers, academics and other staff , including 1 679 CNRS personnel
  • 2 568 engineers and technicians including 1 288 CNRS personnel
  • 11,700 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows
  • 293 research and service units, 10 research federation structures
  • 11 research networks and 1 service network
  • 31 international research laboratories including 25 "Umifres"
  • 23 international emerging actions
  • 35 international research networks, 14 international research projects
  • 7 joint research projects
  • 12 joint laboratories run with companies
  • 42 start-up companies, 29 licences, 46 software programmes, 22 patents
  • A budget of €18 million

Source : Zento, novembre 2021

Assessment and consultation bodies

The Institute's field of knowledge is divided into disciplines or groups of disciplines corresponding to the National Committee for Scientific Research's 40 sections.

The National Committee for Scientific Research

The National Committee for Scientific Research (CoNRS) is a collective body made up of over 1000 national and international experts which plays an essential role in French scientific life. Independence, competence, representativeness, long-term sustainability, collegiality and transparency are the CoNRS's shared values, the aim of which is to guarantee the relevance and consistency of the Committee's assessments. The scope and keywords of the research sections are discussed and updated if necessary when each four-year mandate begins.

These sections evaluate the work of researchers and research units. They analyze the current situation in science and its prospects for development at the CNRS in France and other countries. It also organizes and staffs recruitment panels for new researchers.

All researchers and laboratories are therefore classified as belonging to one of these sections.

Nine of these sections are steered by the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences.

The sections of the INSHS

Nine of the CoNRS's sections are steered by the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Ancient and medieval worlds (section 32)
  • Modern and Contemporary Worlds (section 33)
  • Language Sciences (section 34)
  • Philosophy, literature, arts (section 35)
  • Sociology and legal studies (section 36)
  • Economics and Management (section 37)
  • Social anthropology and comparative studies of contemporary societies (section 38)
  • Spaces, Territories and Societies (section 39)
  • Politics, Power, Organization (section 40)

Section 26 - Brain, cognition, behaviour – is steered by the Institute of Biological Sciences with a secondary administrative link to the INSHS.

Section 31 - Humankinds and environments: evolution, interactions - is steered by the Institute of Ecology and Environment. Some of the units in this section are part of the INSHS.

 

 

The Scientific Council of the INSHS

The Institute Scientific Council advises and assists the director of the Institute by providing its opinions and recommendations on the relevance and appropriateness of the Institute's projects and activities. Working groups may be set up to help the Institute Scientific Council carry out its tasks.

This Institute Scientific Council is informed of the Institute's positions regarding the creation and abolition of units along with all the sections' opinions thereon. It is consulted on any points of divergence between the sections' views and the Institute's positions as discussed at a meeting between the director of the Institute, the chairman of the Institute Scientific Council and the chairmen of the sectionsconcerned by any such difference of opinion.

The Institute Scientific Council is also consulted on the appointment of members of panels which deliberate on the selection of research fellows.

The Institute Scientific Council is responsible for writing prospective reports based particularly on the Situation and Outlook reports  drawn up by the CNRS's sections and Interdisciplinary Commissions.

Institute Scientific Council (ISC)