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).

 

 

Organization chart

Direction

Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS) (1)

Management assistant

Deputy administrative director (2)

Deputy administrative

Administrative Management Assistant

Deputy Scientific Directors

Archeology (2)

Sections 31, 32

Scientific administration project officer

Sections 31, 32

Secretary-administrator

Section 31, 32

Modern and Contemporary Worlds (2)

Section 33

Scientific administration project officer

Section 33

Secretary-administrator

Section 33

Language Sciences (2)

Section 34

Scientific administration project officer

Section 34

Secretary-administrator

Section 34

Philosophy and philological sciences, arts sciences (3)

Section 35

Scientific administration project officer

Section 35

Secretary-administrator

Section 35

Interim secretary-administrator

Section 35

Sociology and legal studies - Politics, Power, Organization (3)

Sections 36, 40

Scientific administration project officer

Sections 36, 40

Secretary-administrator

Sections 36, 40

Interim secretary-administrator

Sections 36, 40

Économics and Management (2)

Section 37

Scientific administration project officer

Section 37

Secretary-administrator

Section 37

Social anthropology and comparative studies of contemporary societies (2)

Section 38

Scientific administration project officer

Section 38

Secretary-administrator

Section 38

Spaces, Territories and Societies (2)

Section 39

Scientific administration project officer

Section 39

Secretary-administrator

Section 39

Transverse missions

Site Policy

TGIR (3)

Scientific administration project officer

Secretary-administrator

Interim secretary-administrator

Réseaux (2)

Scientific administration project officer

Responsable des GDR (Groupements de recherche)

Investissements d’avenir (2)

Assistant to Administrative Deputy Director

Secretary-administrator

Interdisciplinarity (5)

Scientific administration project officer

Secretary-administrator

Interim secretary-administrator

Network MSH-IEA (3)

Scientific administration project officer

Secretary-administrator

Interim secretary-administrator

Campus Condorcet (5)

Scientific administration project officer

GT Finances et DGS

GT Grand équipement documentaire

GT Communication

Secretary-administrator

Poles

Europe and International (6)

Scientific Deputy Director

Adjointe DAS et responsable de la coopération internationale

Scientific Officer- Membre du PCN SHS

European and international cooperation Officer (Europe, IRN, IRP)

Scientific administration project officer (IEA, doctoral contracts)

Secretary-administrator (SMI, call Chapman)

Formations – Ecoles thématiques (2)

Communication assistant

Innovation manager (3)

Innovation manager

Innovation officer

Scientific Officer Innovatives SHS

Communication (3)

Deputy Scientific Director

Communication manager

Communication assistant

Pole Scientific and Technical Information (STI) and observatoire RIBAC (6)

Deputy Scientific Director

Scientific Officer Open Science for the Development of Open Access

Open Scientific Officer for the support policy for scientific journals and research data

Scientific and Technical Information (STI) and observatoire RIBAC pole manager

documentary assistant

Communication assistant

Finance (3)

Finance manager

Finance administrator

Finance administrator

Human Resources (8)

Campagne chercheurs hors recrutement

Campagnes IT-CCD

Researcher competitions

Researcher competitions

Prospective emploi

Correspondante formation

Campagne chercheurs hors recrutement

Campagne chercheurs hors recrutement

Partnership / Legal Department (3)

Responsable

Secretary-administrator

Suivi contractualisation

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 21 of the network's Houses.

Key figures

  • 9571 researchers, academics and other staff , including 1684 CNRS personnel
  • 2566 engineers and technicians including 1365 CNRS personnel
  • 12,000 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows
  • 290 research and service units, 11 research federation structures
  • 11 research networks and one service network
  • 31 international research laboratories including 25 "Umifres"
  • 23 international emerging actions
  • 38 international research networks, 14 international research projects
  • 6 joint research projects
  • 7 joint laboratories run with companies
  • 40 start-up companies, 36 licences, 34 software programmes, 17 patents
  • A budget of €18 million

Source : Zento, novembre 2019

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 and philological sciences, arts sciences (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)