Nantes IAS

5, allée Jacques-Berque
BP 12105
44021 Nantes cedex 1


contact : Matthieu Forlodou,
Scientific coordinator

available fellowships per year

Launched in 2008, the primary mission of the Nantes Institute for Advanced Studies is to assist scholars in their intellectual creativity and to help them bring their innovative projects to a
successful conclusion. Its main ambition is to widen studies and human sciences to views different than those expressed by the Western academics. Instead of considering other major civilizations as mere subject of study or objectives for missionaries, the Institute aspires to create a new style of intellectual relationship between the countries of the ‘north’ and ‘south’. The socalled "developed" countries (North America, Europe, Australia and Japan) have until recently dominated the social sciences, treating "the rest" of the world - that is, 85% of the world’s population today - more as objects of inquiry or as students than as real partners.

The goal of the Nantes IAS implies that the small academic community that will gather every year at the Institute be composed of scholars with widely differing intellectual and cultural baggage but who share the same type of complexity and whose projects have enough elements in common. However, research projects do not themselves have to have a "North-South" dimension.

Premises and facilities

Nantes is located in Western France, one hour from the Atlantic coast and two hours from Paris by TGV. The IAS is located downtown, in a modern building on the banks of the Loire. The
facilities include 22 equipped offices for researchers, conferences and seminar rooms, an amphitheater and a library. The private apartments (ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms to welcome
families) are located next door to the institute. Fellows meet 3 times a week to share meals in the restaurant loggia overlooking the Loire River. The staff assists the Fellow into the preparation of their stay.

Scientific priorities in FIAS

Applications from all candidates are welcome, with no restrictions on academic discipline or research themes. However, since its creation, the Nantes IAS privileges research into the “dogmatic underpinnings of human societies”, that is, into what in the meaning which a society assigns to human life lies beyond proof.

In this frame, the Nantes IAS tries to develop the following thematic fields:

  • Humanization of work; legal and social definitions of work and of the place of the worker in society
  • Landscapes and ecology, in particular tensions between local traditions and international norms
  • Language as Law, languages of laws, language policies;
  • Contested histories (national and international identities, heritage of slavery and colonialism)