Joint research unit


The Rhône-Alpes historical research laboratory) (UMR 5190) is a CNRS Joint Research Unit, under the auspices of the Universities of Lumière-Lyon 2, Jean Moulin-Lyon 3, Grenoble-Alpes and the ENS de Lyon.

LARHRA specializes in history and art history, covering the modern and contemporary periods. From early modernity to the present day, LARHRA’s expertise covers a wide range of geographic and thematic areas, from Latin America to the Maghreb and the Near East, via France and Western Europe in the broadest sense; from corporate history to the Inquisition, from urban mobility to gender studies, from architecture to the decorative arts, from medical knowledge to technical education, from territory and the environment to religious syncretisms, from memorial and heritage constructions to contemporary media, and so on.

It is made up of CNRS researchers, teacher-researchers, emeritus teacher-researchers, engineers, technicians and administrative staff, post-docs and research fellows, PhD students and associates.

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LARHRA organization chart

The LARHRA on the international scene

The international reach of the unit (about 35 countries) is expressed at several levels:

  • Institutional research programs: ERC, ANR, etc.
  • Research programs of the members: on Mexican, African, Asian, European areas, etc.; stays or delegations to French research institutions in Europe or outside Europe
  • International networks: international associations for historical research, digital humanities, etc.
  • Hosting of foreign researchers and doctoral students.

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The LARHRA is committed to promoting gender equality in scientific practice

Recommendations from the LARHRA

The LARHRA has been committed for many years to the promotion of women’s and gender history themes and to the implementation of good practices in terms of parity within it. The composition of its management and council are a reflection of this. In a context where the public debate is focusing on parity in all scientific fields, including our disciplines following the opinion piece published in Le Monde on October 3, 2018, at the initiative of the collective “Faiseuses d’histoire”, the LARHRA wishes to clarify its commitment to parity in scientific practice. In this context, it proposes a few recommendations:


In organizing laboratory meetings and events, encourage participation by all, taking into account the family constraints that still predominantly weigh on women.


For conference organizers (but also in invitations to seminars), ensure a parity composition or a minimum of gender diversity for organizing committees, panels, and conference chairs. As much as possible, include the phrase "historiennes et historiens" (historians and historians) in communication materials (calls, programs, etc.).


Ensure gender diversity in the composition of committees and commissions affiliated with the laboratory: scientific committees for conferences, editorial committees for LARHRA publications, laboratory council, thesis supervision committees, etc.


Doctoral supervisors and HDR sponsors are encouraged to compose juries with the goal of parity or to ensure a minimum of gender diversity.


Be mindful of the distribution of speaking time at scientific meetings and events, as well as during laboratory meetings and seminars.