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  • ERC Project SAW
    the SAW project is devoted to mathematical sources that have come down to us from the ancient world and, more specifically, though not exclusively, to the sources produced in Mesopotamia, China, and the Indian sub-continent. The ambition of SAW is to develop new theoretical approaches in the field of the history of ancient mathematics in order to highlight a motley of practices within what at the present day are too often presented as homogeneous wholes, that is, “Mesopotamian mathematics”, “Chinese mathematics”, and “Indian mathematics.” ...

  • Project ANR Mathesis
    “The aim of the Mathesis project is to promote the study of the unpublished mathematical manuscripts of the philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716), by means of a work of editing and commentary. We plan to publish nearly 800 pages of printed texts, as well as two volumes of translations and comments.”

  • Project ANR ETKnoS
    “This project focuses on the practice which consists in carrying out a succession of operations using the fingers, to obtain a figure from a loop of string. Known in many societies with an oral tradition, this practice brings into play gestural sequences similar to algorithms concurrently with the enunciation of terms.”

  • Project ETHE
    « Epistemological and ethical approach to therapeutic education in the field of Parkinson’s disease: knowledge transmitted, aims, uses ». The project focuses on therapeutic education which has been, up to now, mostly documented by health professionals and patients or medical professional associations. This project intends to lay the basis of an epistemological and ethical approach of therapeutic education and establish a collaboration with an ethnographic approach of therapeutic education.

  • Project NORMAVI: "Have a "normal" life in the experience of chronic illness, disability and aging: personal, social and clinical challenge"
    The project focuses on the wish of a « normal life », expressed today by ageing persons, people with chronic condition or with a disability, and on the promotion of such a wish by patients’ associations. It is also interested In the various ways medical teams integrate this aspiration to their own reflection and decision-making, and up to which extent they consider part of their professional duty to answer this wish…

    What measures, what causality, what alerts to assess the quality of life in a risky environment?

  • Places of memory of medical research in Africa
    The project focuses on the “places of memory” of biomedical research in Africa: on the way in which the traces of its past are commemorated, erased or appropriated within African institutions, populations and landscapes. By bringing together historians and anthropologists, the project compares three medical research stations, located in former French, German and British colonies, by studying material traces, stories and practices linked to the memory of the colonial and post-colonial past. . ...

  • ICCM
    Our project offers a new approach to the history of science, technology and medicine in China between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries: it involves assessing the impact of the geographic mobility of individuals on the circulation of knowledge techniques. The question is of particular relevance for the last centuries of the empire: the bureaucratic system indeed induced a specific mode of mobility of the elites. ...

  • Ethnomathematics of string games
    The practice of making a figure using a loop of wire or string has been observed in various cultural areas, and particularly in societies of oral tradition. Often identified as a fun activity, this practice - "string games" - aroused the interest of certain ethnologists from the end of the 19th century ...

  • The show society
    While many scholars have looked at the relationship between Italy and the ancient Southern Netherlands during the Renaissance, the period following this first exchange of ideas and forms has received less attention. The evolution of these close ties nevertheless deserves to be studied beyond the 15th and 16th centuries, being particularly attentive to the slow shift from a humanist culture towards a so-called baroque culture. ...

  • History numeric tables
    Numerical tables have been one of the most widely used computing tools from the beginnings of mathematics to the advent of computers. By “digital table”, we mean any type of text establishing correspondences between two or more qualitative or quantitative phenomena, and endeavoring to have on a flat surface, in a given way, series of numerical values associated with these phenomena . We can be interested in tables as tools of calculation, but also as objects revealing scientific and social practices in various professional circles. ...