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The Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-classical Age and the Enlightenment 

A joint research centre (UMR 5186) of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3.


The research activities of the IRCL cover the European early modernity from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment: genealogies and contemporary issues


The IRCL explores three fields of research :

  • Field 1 : Cultural environments in mutation (XVIth-XVIIIth centuries)
  • Field 2 : Traditions, their circulation, transmission and translation in Europe (XVIth-XVIIIth centuries)
  • Field 3 : Contemporary approaches to early modernity in a globalized world