CERCEC, the Centre for Russian, Caucasian and Central European Studies, is a joint research unit between CNRS and EHESS
This field concerns the frontiers of the Russian and Soviet Empire, involving a cross-border and comparative dimension with respect to rival neighbouring empires. A major research theme is the construction and use of interlinking knowledge: religious, military, diplomatic, ethnographic and administrative.
The research programme of this theme focuses on social dynamics—strategies, negotiations and capacities for action of groups and individuals, mediated by administrative, legal and normative structures—over a period of four centuries and a region extending from Central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia, including Russia.
The aim of this research theme is to consider science, technology and knowledge policy so as to re-examine the peculiar arts of government and expressions of domination in the Soviet and post-Soviet world.
Research under this theme studies the reshaping of relations between states and societies in countries that have undergone violent upheavals, mainly armed conflict, and police repression or radical economic change.
This research theme examines the conditions of creation, dissemination and reception of visual, sound and literary arts and cultures during the Imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet periods.
The library of CERCEC welcomes researchers and doctoral students every day from 9:30am to noon and from 2pm to 5pm.