The "Changing societies" programme
In an environment marked at the same time by new forms of exchange, of interdependence and of differentiation between cultures, and also by certain forms of globalisation of life styles and of thought, the study of societies and of cultures in their transformations and in their permanence is particularly relevant. Understanding the phenomena at stake, whether they concern political, social, economic or cultural aspects, requires an appreciation of the historical perspective, the study of procedures at different scales, the analysis of the plurality of contexts, as well as the perceptions that individuals, groups and societies might have.
The establishment of a multi-year thematic programme "Changing societies", covering all humanities and social sciences, should enable questioning of medium term as well as the reflection on one or more privileged themes, each year. This period of time should, more particularly, enable the accumulation of knowledge, the multiplication of points of view and theoretical questioning, favour cooperation between researchers and exchanges between various approaches.
For the year 2012, the programme proposes a first call for proposals on the theme "Emergence and evolution of cultures and cultural phenomena".
The call for proposals "Emergence and evolution of cultures and cultural phenomena" aims at improving the analysis and understanding of cultures and cultural phenomena as a whole or in their particular forms, through their history and their developments, as well as understanding the context of their emergence, their spreading, and even their obsolescence and disappearance.
In particular, the programme will allow to go deeper into the studies on humanisation, differentiation between men and primates, the emergence and evolution of symbolic systems, and to appreciate the cultural and social dimensions of human mind. Also, it seeks a better determination of existing interactions between biology, culture and environment throughout the evolution of humankind.
Favouring more specifically fundamental research, the programme encourages interdisciplinary synergies in all the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities; collaborations between evolutionary biologists and developmental biologists could also be relevant. Comparative perspectives are strongly encouraged, in order to give the studies the scope they deserve. Monodisciplinary projects will have to initiate dialogue between the different specialties within the same field.
Its main objectives are:
Four major axes of work are suggested: they are not limitative and the projects can include different axes.
1. Origins and evolution of human diversities.
2. Emergence and evolution of languages, representation patterns and symbolic systems
3. Plurality and variability of cultures:
4. Dynamics of evolution:
The complete submission file comprises two documents that must be filled out:
Scientific and financial questions:
+33 (0)1 73 54 82 46
Director of the call for proposals
ANR Programme Director