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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 Study in the World (Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, North Carolina, Berlin, Uppsala, Wassenaar, Jerusalem and Stellenbosch) 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.



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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.


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 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.



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 Study (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.

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.


Since 2012, the IAS-Nantes and the Fayard publishing house have been collaborating on the "Poids et Mesures du Monde" collection. This collection is open to authors from all continents, who have in common the fact that they consider the diversity of systems of thought not as a remnant of irrationality in a world destined to become uniform, transparent and manageable, but as an indispensable support for the institution of reason in a world destined to remain diverse and unpredictable.

Already published in the collection "Poids et Mesures du Monde" :

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

Foreword by Jacques Delors. Translated from the Italian by Jérôme Nicolas. Ed. Fayard, coll ’Poids et mesures du monde’, in partnership with the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study, under the direction of Alain Supiot, 2012.

Le Tour du Monde des concepts, under the direction of Pierre Legendre.

Preface by Jean-Noël Robert. Afterword by Suresh Sharma.
Fayard, coll ’Poids et mesures du monde’, in partnership with the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study, under the direction of Alain Supiot, 2014.

Hind Swaraj - L’émancipation à l’indienneby Gandhi.

Preface by Charles Malamoud.
Introduction by Suresh Sharma.
Translated from Goujarati, English and Hindi (India) by Annie Montaut.
‘Poids et mesures du monde’, in partnership with the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study, under the direction of Alain Supiot, 2014.

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

Ed Fayard, coll ’Poids et mesures du monde’, in partnership with the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study, 2015.

> La mosaïque de l’Islam. Interview on the Koran with Perry Anderson, by Suleiman Mourad.

Translation from English by Matthieu Forlodou.
Ed. Fayard, coll. ’Poids et mesures du monde’, in partnership with the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study, 2016.

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

Ed. Fayard, coll. ’Poids et mesures du monde’, in partnership with the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study, 2017. 

Maison des Sciences de l’Homme - Ange Guépin

The Julien Gracq Library is a research library in Human Sciences, it is a joint service shared by the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and the IAS-Nantes.

This library is a partner of the documentary network of the University of Nantes and of SUDOC, the French University System of Documentation.

The collections of the Julien Gracq library are essentially made up of the initial collection of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and works from researchers’ libraries.