Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux - IRIS

The IRIS Research Center brings together over 60 researchers and more than 100 PhD students and postdocs in Anthropology, Sociology, History, Law, Political Science, Public Health, and Legal Medecine. Researchers investigate the social, political and moral questions relating to contemporary societies in France, Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

The Center is managed by the EHESS, the CNRS, Inserm, and Paris 13 University.

Founded in 2007, IRIS is the fusion of two research groups: Centre de recherche sur la santé, le social et le politique and the research laboratory, Génèse et transformation des mondes sociaux.

IRIS is one of the founding partners of the Tepsis Laboratory, Transformations de l'Etat, politisation des sociétés et institution du social.


Pesticide Politics in Africa

Tuesday 28 May 2019 to Friday 31 May 2019

The current economic boom in many sub-Saharan countries is accompanied by an unprecedented increase in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) due to industrial pollution, including pesticides. While local and international mobilizations call for more stringent pesticide control measures, African governments often refrain from adopting and enforcing strict regulations – considered as potential obstacles to “development”. This interdisciplinary...

Queer Studies: Here, There and Elsewhere

Friday 7 December 2018 to Saturday 8 December 2018

This conference brings scholars together from France and the US to discuss queer theory, race, nation and immigration in Columbia’s Global Center in Paris. In the wake of a fierce “anti-gender” movement in Europe, queer theory has been characterized as a foreign import, as an American imperialism promoting ideas fundamentally antithetic to French political culture...