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3. Transferts, échanges, circulations dans l'espace européen et extra-européen

Nature morte au perroquet et aux artichauts, Italie, Anonyme, XVII e siècle (Washington D.C., NGA, inv. 1988.23.

Les recherches menées dans le cadre de ce thème interrogent l’idée et la définition d’une Europe artistique. Elles s’inscrivent dans le cadre d’une histoire de l’art globale et portent sur la représentation de l’Europe, où la production artistique est parfois pensée comme « européenne », parfois au contraire comme « extra-européenne ».

Les cadres conceptuels occidentaux de l’analyse de l’art sont ainsi examinés, de même que les hiérarchies artistiques ou culturelles.


The members of this theme promote Europe centered research in the broad sense, as an area for the circulation of people, objects and ideas, but also of exchanges with extra-European territories. The phenomena of interactions, acculturation, rejections, borrowings or transfers and their consequences on art constitute privileged research subjects. The overall project is to better outline and define artistic Europe as a geographical territory, with its coherence and its inconsistencies. It is a question of better understanding it, as representation of a mental territory, whose variable and imaginary geography is a source of inspiration for artists and sponsors, by opposition or fusion with a physicaly surveyed or fantasized extra-european space. Questions of cultural or artistic transfers are at the origin of several projects of this theme; the notions of "space", "territory" and their importance to artistic creation also mobilize several researchers, from the medieval period to the contemporary period.


Research focuses on studying the circulating of people, works and ideas alike. The study of the circulating of people emphasizes the phenomena of acculturation through the movements of artists, sponsors, gallery owners, dealers, collectors or "agents" of art, whatever they are. The objective is to better understand the constitution of an internal artistic identity, and through an extra-European "outer" look. Circulating of objects is interested in modes of circulation and their impact on the dissemination of models and series. Finally, the circulating of ideas approaches the representation of oneself and of the other in Europe. This division between individuals, artistic objects and life of ideas allows to articulate programs between them, targeted on a cultural area or a specific period, so that the wide territorial amplitude implemented does not hinder the finesse of the results.

The research of this theme extends on the EHNE labex (Writing a new history of Europe, 2012- 2022), within the framework of partnerships and collaborations with other research centers (in particular research laboratories for history or literature). The results are to be published online in the Encyclopedia for a New History of Europe.

Membres rattachés au thème


Teachers-Researchers Sorbonne Université

PAST  Sorbonne Université

CNRS Researchers

Emeritus Professors Sorbonne Université

Emeritus Research Director CNRS

Honorary members

PhD candidates

Elliot AdamAnne-Caroline AllardYazan Alloujami, Marie-Laure Buku PongoTara Chapron, Défendin Détard, Marion Di Santi, Sarah FlittiLaure FordinStéphane GaesslerCéleste Gatier, Ambre Genevois,  Jelena GirardierDelphine Grenet, Élodie Guilhem, Emeline HoussardRoxane IliasSofia IssaikinaJustine LécuyerSimone LucchettiElisabeth Magotteaux, Silvia MarcheselliFederica Milano, Marjorie Occelli, Jean PotelPhilippe Pauthier, Aude Tsuvaltsidis, Nicola Turotti

Associated Researchers

Actualités du thème