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The IAS-Nantes is part of various national and international networks, member of the consortium SIAS since 2015, the IAS is also a founding member of the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Studies (RFIEA) and partner of the ‘Excellence lab’ RFIEA+. The Institute is also member of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study (Netias) and the administrative member of the Indo-European Advanced Research Network (IEARN). In collaboration with the French Ministry of Labour and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Institute takes part in the preparation of the ILO’s centennial and of the scientific event “Entretiens France-BIT”. In 2013, a new partnership was signed with the University of Fribourg.



The SIAS consortium (Some Institutes for Advanced Study), which brings together the best Institutes for Advanced Studies in the World (Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, North Carolina, Berlin, Uppsala, Wassenaar and Jerusalem) invited the 24th June 2015 the IAS-Nantes to become a member, thus giving it the highest possible distinction. This International consecration opens doors for the IAS-Nantes to new strategic collaborations which will benefit the local, regional and national scientific community.

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The French Network of Institute for Advanced Studies was officially created in March 2007, as public-benefit foundation for scientific cooperation. In a context in which research is undergoing profound change, France had taken the decision to set up Institutes for Advanced Study (IAS) – institutions that have proved themselves in North America and Europe – and opted to link up in a network the four newly created institutes located in several French cities: the Collegium de Lyon and the Institutes for Advanced Study of Nantes, Aix-Marseille and Paris.

In 2012, the RFIEA was selected to be an ‘Excellence lab’, with the aim to strengthen its member Institutes.




The Indian-European Advanced Research Network - IEARN - is an informal network of research institutions based in Europe and in India, whose purpose is to foster research where the cooperation between European and Indian scholars arises through common interests and sense of shared predicaments.

IAS-Nantes has participated in the network since 2009, and became the administrator of IEARN in 2013.


Fribourg University

Since December 2013, The Nantes Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Fribourg launched a new collaboration, with a support from Swiss federal Government (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation - SERI). It aims at promoting research projects on societies’ institutional framework (law, language, religion), on the concept of humanities and its role in the scientific landscape, and on interdisciplinary research in Social Sciences and Humanities. This partnership includes a series of lectures and workshops as well as promoting IAS-Nantes fellowships among Swiss scholars.



Created in 2004, the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study (NetIAS) is an informal network for exchange and dialogues that gathers 17 European Institutes for Advanced Studies (from Norway to Romania, Sweden to Italy, Finland to Israel). Among others, members are the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study in Uppsala, the Institute for Advanced Study in Jerusalem and the Collegium Budapest. IAS-Nantes is a Member of this network.

Cooperation with ILO


As part of the run-up to the Centenary of the ILO, the Institute for Advanced Study in Nantes and the ILO have joined efforts to organize a series of roundtables centered on the theme of “The Humanization of Labour since 1919”. The 2010 partnership agreement envisaged four roundtables which would each bring together a select group of scholars representing very different cultures and approaches, with the aim of furthering and improving the study of the humanization of labour since 1919. The first roundtable exploring “The Meaning of Work” took place in Nantes in 2011. The second took place in Berlin in 2012, in collaboration with the IGK Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History (Re : work) of the Humboldt University on the theme “Safety at Work and Job Security”. Next meetings will address the questions of "the image of work" and "time and rythms of work".


The 3 Continents Festival and Produire au Sud Workshop

Since 2013 the Institute collaborates with the Festival des 3 continents (Cinemas from Africa, Latin America and Asia).

During the Festival the workshop ’Produire au Sud’, which is organised by the Festival each year, is hosted at the Institute. Produire au Sud is a workshop focusing on the outline and structure of coproduction within the film industry. The workshop aims to familiarize young producers based in Africa, Latin America, and Asia with a variety of important tools and international coproduction techniques by coaching individual projects in development.


 2012 l’Institut d’études avancées de Nantes et la maison d’éditino Fayard collaborent pour la collection "Poids et Mesures du Monde". Cette collection est ouverte à des auteurs de tous les continents, qui ont en commun de considérer la diversité des systèmes de pensée, non pas comme un reste d’irrationalité dans un monde destiné à devenir uniforme, transparent et gérable, mais comme un support indispensable à l’institution de la raison dans un monde destiné à demeurer divers et imprévisible.

Sont déjà parus dans la collection "Poids et Mesures du Monde":

La Cité du travail : Le fordisme et la gauche, de Bruno Trentin

Avant-propos de Jacques Delors
Traduit de l’italien par Jérôme Nicolas
Ed. Fayard, coll. ’Poids et mesures du monde’, en partenariat avec l’Institut d’Études avancées de Nantes, sous la direction d’Alain Supiot, 2012

Le Tour du Monde des concepts,  sous la direction de Pierre Legendre.

Préface de Jean-Noël Robert. Postface de Suresh Sharma.
Fayard, coll. ’Poids et mesures du monde’, en partenariat avec l’Institut d’Études avancées de Nantes, sous la direction d’Alain Supiot, 2014

Hind Swaraj - L’émancipation à l’indienne,  de Gandhi

Préface de Charles Malamoud.
Introduction par Suresh Sharma.
Traduit du goujarati, de l’anglais et du hindi (Inde) par Annie Montaut.
Ed. Fayard, coll. ’Poids et mesures du monde’, en partenariat avec l’Institut d’Études avancées de Nantes, sous la direction d’Alain Supiot, 2014

La Gouvernance par les nombres,Cours au Collège de France (2012-2014), de Alain Supiot

Ed. Fayard, coll. ’Poids et mesures du monde’, en partenariat avec l’Institut d’Études avancées de Nantes, 2015


> La mosaïque de l’Islam. Entretien sur le Coran avec Perry Andersonde Suleiman Mourad

Traduction de l’anglais par Matthieu Forlodou

Ed. Fayard, coll. ’Poids et mesures du monde’, en partenariat avec l’Institut d’Études Avancées de Nantes.


La Religion industrielle. Monastère, manufacture, usine. Une généalogie de l’entreprise. by Pierre Musso

Ed. Fayard, coll. ’Poids et mesures du monde’, en partenariat avec l’Institut d’Études Avancées de Nantes.



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