The “host institution” Identities, Cultures, Territories (ICT) is a multi-disciplinary research unit bringing together historians from the Middle Age up to the present (UFR GHSS) and Anglo, Germanic and Hispanic Area studies (UFR EILA). The goal of this project is to promote a dialog among its component parts and, through this dialog, develop a critical approach to Global History (World History?), including the idea of the world as a whole made up of different historical eras and cultural areas.

While gender issues underlie our studies, the ICT has developed approaches specifically focussing on different types of mobility, the ways in which people and ideas circulate, conflicts and forms of exclusion, different forms of “controlling power” intervention (Church, State, etc.) throughout history, the territorial dynamics associated with these types of circulation and the socio-economic, cultural, political and epistemological issues resulting from the relations made possible by mobility. The four research fields cover the work of all 32 research professors.

Once every four years the members participate in a conference organized by the “EA” centering on one theme which runs through the unit’s work. The next conference will be on “Mobility and circulation of knowledge”. Diverse forms of collective belonging, such as networks and sociabilities, and the social relations through which knowledge circulates, as well as the relationship between knowledge on the one hand, and new institutions and power relations on the other, will be  subjects of five thematic workshops covering the Middle Ages to the present. 

Three specializations from the Masters program “Comparative History and Area Studies” are centered on research carried out by the ICT: “Identity and Otherness”, “Intercultural Studies” and “City, Architecture and Patrimony”.

The ICT also has a library, a computer lab and microfilm and microfiche readers. Some equipment can also be lent out to members.


Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7,
Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges,
57 rue Albert Einstein,
75 013 PARIS
(métro ligne 14 et RER C, station « Bibliothèque François Mitterand »)

The ICT is located in office 663 on the sixth floor and is open from 9.30 to 12.30.