Arts & Societies


Research and Seminars

At the Arts and Societies seminar, the History of the Visual Arts is set within the vast landscape of the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Such a history aims at understanding the ancient as well as the contemporary world. It strives to disseminate research currently being undertaken by posing new questions worthy of our present-day concerns. Thus, the objects of study are never isolated from the political stakes involved.

Within the setting of the Sciences Po History Center, Laurence Bertrand Dorléac directs these investigations around a seminar open to Sciences Po students, to researchers from universities, museums, and the École du Louvre, and to independent auditors.

The seminar has been devoted to the following subjects: The Economies of Art (2009-2010), The Passion for Equality (2011-2012), Wars and Peace (2013-2014), and Things (since 2015).


The seminar Letter, an online electronic review, publishes the oral presentations in French and English.  It disseminates research both in France and abroad.  More than one hundred letters have already been published, and they are sent systematically to more than 6,500 correspondents around the world: university and research institutions, museums, and researchers.

Arts and Societies also contributes to the publication of particularly original works and dissertations, anthologies, and translations of key works in the History of the Visual Arts, by the Presses du Réel publication series.


The Fondation de France actively supports the activities of Arts & Societies, the seminars, the publication of its bilingual Letter, the editing and publication of works, and scholarships granted to young researchers.

Olivier Berggruen actively supports the workshop that is held each year at the Hartung Bergman Foundation, as well as the publication of its presentations in two languages.

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