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The city of humanities and social sciences


The City of humanities and social sciences

The campus will provide humanities and social sciences with a new facility that will generate national and international visibility. It is one of the projects that the State selected within the framework of the Plan Campus.

  • L'encyclopédie du Campus Condorcet

    The encyclopaedia of Condorcet Campus shown of the Place du Front Populaire, in Aubervilliers.

    © : Vincent Bourdon, Campus Condorcet, 2014-10-14
  • La carte du territoire du Campus Condorcet

    The Campus Condorcet site

    © : Luc Guinguet, LM Communiquer, Campus Condorcet
  • Vue Aérienne Site Campus Condorcet

    The Condorcet plot, in 2014, (Southern to Northern view) following the demolition of the buildings. In the South, the provision end of the line 12 of the metro on the Place du Front Populaire.

    © : Vincent Bourdon, Campus Condorcet
  • Vue du site de La Chapelle et du tramway

    At the Chapelle, the Condorcet Campus will be served by the tramway.

    © : Vincent Bourdon, Campus Condorcet, 2015-07-29

The initiative came from the academic institutions, was integrated into the Campus project by the State, and is supported by the local communities.


The Condoret Campus was born from a challenge between two schools in the centre of the capital - the EHESS and the EPHE - to launch, in Aubervilliers, the project of a research campus in humanities and social sciences, to respond to the future pedagogical, scientific and digital needs of the 21st century. At the same time, the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne was creating a large-scale programme north of Paris, Porte de la Chapelle, for Bachelor students. At the beginning of 2008 the two initiatives merged and became a single project called "City of humanities and social sciences - Paris - Aubervilliers". The project expanded further with the membership of INED, the CNRS, the Ecole Nationale des Chartes and the two universities of Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis and Paris 13 and reinforced the decision of a "trans-peripheral" campus. Today there are ten members as the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 have joined the group.


The members submitted their project to selection by the Plan Campus assessment comity, in February 2009. Campus Condorcet thus found itself incorporated in an operation of national scope, launched by the State, aiming to strengthen the appeal and visibility of French universities globally. The Île-de-France region and the City of Paris, but also the Plaine Commune Public Territorial Body and the town of Aubervilliers have lent their support to the project, from the beginning. These bodies understood the scientific implications of the project and the impact on the development of the area in the North of Paris and in Plaine Saint-Denis.

The ten institutions and facilities, members of Campus Condorcet:


  • The "Centre national de la recherche scientifique" (CNRS).
  • The "École des hautes études en sciences sociales" (EHESS).
  • The "École nationale des chartes" (ENC).
  • The "École pratique des hautes études" (EPHE). 
  • The "Fondation Maison des sciences de l’Homme" (FMSH). 
  • The "Institut national d’études démographiques" (INED).
  • University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
  • University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3.
  • University Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis.
  • University Paris 13.
  • University Paris 10 Nanterre joins the group in January 2018.

A source of opportunity for humanities and social sciences, an asset to the area


Humanities and social sciences are very well regarded in France and have also gained international recognition. They have, however, not benefitted of the necessary infrastructures to carry out training, development of programmes and building on acquired experiences. Students and researchers have not been provided with working conditions similar to those of other countries. Yet today, international competition grows between European and International programmes, and scientific work is in permanent change. It was therefore vital to provide humanities and social sciences with quality equipment to ensure their visibility on an international scale in order for them to maintain their position and continue to make a name for themselves. Campus Condorcet has the ambition and desire to be competitive whilst contributing to the development and renewal of the areas where it is implanted.

Le Campus dans le Grand Paris

Campus Condorcet in Greater Paris

Providing humanities and social sciences with a new research and research training infrastructure, with all the necessary equipment to guaranty students and researchers success, entailed bringing together different scientific fields to give dimension and quality to the programme and thus justify the size of the investment. Indeed, Campus Condorcet will assemble, on the Aubervilliers site, top research teams - from universities, schools and bodies - that have decided to implant themselves at the core of this exceptional concentration of research and training.




The site will accommodate more than one hundred research units in humanities and social sciences, bringing several thousand teacher-researchers and researchers to one same location. 4800 PhD students, coming predominantly from foreign countries will assemble on one of the first doctoral poles in humanities and social sciences on a global scale. Several award winning programmes of future investments - Laboratoires d'excellence (Labex) or Equipements d'excellence (Equipex) - will also be based on the campus. The important research infrastructure Huma-Num, dedicated to digital innovation in humanities and social sciences, will transfer its headquarters to the pole. The members will also promote numerous research programmes, financed on a national and international scale (ANR, ERC, Etc.).


Major scientific strengths of exceptional quality and considerable visibility will join the Condorcet Campus and bring it life. The combination of strengths and skills will give the four dominant fields great European and International notoriety: the study of history, the study of texts, territorial sciences and social sciences. The campus will become a major pole for PhD studies in humanities and social sciences on a National, European and International scale.

A project in line with societal and scientific challenges of our times

  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

    Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT), Paris 16e.

    © : Gilles Kagan, IRHT-CNRS
  • École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)

    Hall of Le France building, Paris 13e, December 2013.

    © : Myr Muratet, Campus Condorcet, 2013
  • École pratique des hautes études (EPHE)

    Wladimir Golénischeff centre, ancient Egypt department, Paris 13e, March 2014.

    © : Myr Muratet, Campus Condorcet, 2014
  • Fondation maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH)

    The library, Paris 13e, December 2013.

    © : Myr Muratet, Campus Condorcet, 2013
  • Institut national d’études démographiques (INED)

    Printing centre, Paris 20e, December 2013.

    © : Raphael De Bengy, INED, 2013
  • Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis

    Bachelor in Art and Imaging Technology, lessons is modelisation, Saint-Denis, Febrary 2014.

    © : Myr Muratet, Campus Condorcet, 2014
  • Université Paris 13

    At Villetaneuse, December 2013.

    © : Myr Muratet, Campus Condorcet, 2013

Tensions and conflicts that run through today's societies, whether in France, Africa, the Middle East or elsewhere, highlight daily, the actual need to understand societal transformation in a methodical, rigorous and objective way. Humanities and social sciences are a fundamental tool in addressing the challenge of these complex issues of interconnexions between local, economic, religious, societal and cultural phenomenon without neglecting History and time frames.

The platform was designed to facilitate research and research training in these fields of knowledge. Campus Condorcet will enable researchers in Humanities and social sciences to undertake their societal responsibility of understanding today's world. The State's and the territorial communities' involvement and support stresses the importance of a better understanding of global issues and improved management of the questions, that our modern world seeks answers to. They concern innovation, globalisation and gender difference, the place of work in people's lives, art and religion.

An urban Campus that participates in the layout of the Town


Campus Condorcet will be a new university district with open spaces that are in no way separate from the town, to create a harmonious and close link. Both in Porte la Chapelle and Aubervilliers, the areas are undergoing an extremely rapid urban reshaping and transformation, supported by the City of Paris and the Plaine Commune Public Territorial Body.

The campus aims to reinforce its position in this urban redevelopment, which will create a new physiognomy in Northern Paris and the Plaine Saint-Denis, while maintaining close contact with territorial communities. One of the campus' key goals is to maintain a successful relationship with both strategic locations, Porte de la Chapelle and Aubervilliers.

The result will be a university campus but also an urban campus, fully capable of contributing to life and renewal of urban identities. This dynamic innovation will characterise these host areas.