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The Centre Nobert Elias brings together researchers from different disciplines (anthropology, history, sociology, information sciences), all of whom are convinced that the humanities and social sciences form a whole. The laboratory is located on the EHESS Marseille campus at the Vieille Charité and on the Hannah Arendt campus at Avignon University. It brings together 50 researchers, more than 70 PhD students and a 10-person-strong support team working on the analysis and description of social worlds.
Hailing from different intellectual trajectories, the researchers’ interests span multiple sociological and historical theories and references. They share a conception of the social sciences in which inquiry, both in the archives and the field, is an essential characteristic. Intertwined with this is a unwavering attention to forms of description.