François-Joseph RuggiuDirector of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, holder of a PhD in history and a university lecturer, François-Joseph Ruggiu teaches at the Sorbonne (Paris IV). A specialist in comparative history of family and societies in modern-age Europe, he also studies the history of American societies during the colonial period. Since 2010, François-Joseph Ruggiu has occupied several positions within the INSHS: Deputy Scientific Director overseeing the joint research units of sections 32, 33 and 39; technology transfer, communication, and scientific and technical information manager; Deputy Scientific Director in charge of the CNRS site policy and the creation of the Condorcet campus; before becoming head of the Institute in July 2017.

Missions de l'INSHS

The research carried out in the laboratories of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS) helps build the essential theories and analytical tools needed to understand and shed light on the choices made by our societies. The research focuses on humans, considered as the product of their own history, as the creators of speech, language and signs, as the conveyors of knowledge and culture, and as players in complex political, social and economic arenas. The main role of the INSHS and its laboratories in the French humanities and social sciences landscape is to ensure the emergence of new experimental and theoretical fields.

Areas of research

  • Ancient and medieval worlds
  • Modern and contemporary worlds
  • The sciences of language
  • The philosophical and philological sciences, the sciences of art
  • Sociology and legal sciences
  • Economics and management
  • Anthropology and the comparative study of contemporary societies
  • Areas, territories and societies
  • Politics, power and organization

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