Interdisciplinary Research Centre for History, History of Art and Musicology (CRIHAM)
EA 4270


Anne Massoni – Director
Tel. : + 33 (0)5 5 55 43 57 27


Bi-site PoitiersLimoges Adress : FLSH : DEPARTEMENT D’HISTOIRE 39E Rue CAMILLE GUERIN 87036 LIMOGES CEDEX Administrative Supervision : Université de Limoges Local Institute : SHS Doctoral School ED 525 – Lettres, Pensée, Arts et Histoire Associated Research Master : Pouvoir et appartenance

Key figures (31/12/2015)

Professors: 15 Other researchers : 11 Accreditated to direct research (HDR) : 4 Doctoral Students : 11 Engineers, Technicians : 2 Administratif staff : 1

Scientific Publication (2011-2014)

Peer reviewed journal : 24
Books : 8
Book chapters : 68
Thesis defended : 5
Conference presentations : 49


Economic Added Value (2011-2014)

National conferences, seminars organized : 9
International conferences, seminars organized : 9


Criham’s researches revolve around three main areas of research :

Emotions, creation

Prematurely part of neurosciences, psychanalysis and psychology, these two terms were more recently taken into consideration by historical sciences through emotion’s historicity. On the one hand, it pursues a deeper understanding of the relationship between emotions and justice, i.e. mass angers and rallying, as well as the history of the body, of brutality and physical violence. On the other hand, it deals with the representation of emotions aroused by images or live performing Arts, as well as these aroused by music or attending to a concert, using notions as collective memory or sensitive culture.

Environment, territories, circulations

Mainly focused on environmental history and relationships between populations and their territories, this field of research includes various issues regarding an environmental actor which cannot be reduced to natural environment. Environment is the frame were history takes place, where Humans circulate and adapt themselves in interaction with societies. Disagreements, conflicts, circulations and destructions follow on from environment. These fields of investigation enable rich interdisciplinary collaborations between Humanities (Geography, Economical sciences, Law, Anthropology and Ethnology), as well as earth and life sciences (Biology, Geology).

Powers, Institutions, Conflicts

In a society where the forms of political powers and the question of its efficiency or legitimacy are more and more in the hot seat, extending researches interested in public authorities and institutions turns out necessary. These political topics persistently nourish our social debate where diverse and new forms of conflict complicate the understanding of social issues. We are committed to a new political history, bringing together institutional, political and judicial dimensions, unholy but also religious.

Research themes

Powers, Institutions, conflicts Environment, Territories, Circulations Creation, feelings


History ; Ancient Egypt ; Political History ; Institutional History ; Economic and Social History ; Religious History ; Limousin Cultural History ; Environment ; Digital Humanities

Equipment / Technical resources

Specialized documentary collection


Active National University Partnerships : University of Poitiers ;  University of Paris (UMR LAMOP) ; University Paris West La Défense, French Historic Mission in Germany

Current International University Partnerships : In Germany : Free University of Berlin (financing from ANR-DFG) ; In the Netherlands : University of Utrecht ; In Austria : Austrian Academy of Sciences(Vienna)  ; In Spain : House of Velasquez ; In United States : University of Charlotte