A Brief History of Human Time

Exploring a database of “notable people”
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Etienne Wasmer, permanent faculty member of the Sciences Po's Department of economics and co-director of LIEPP, has co-authored with Olivier Gergaud (KEDGE Business School and LIEPP) and Morgane Laquenan  (LIEPP) the first paper to analyze a very, very, very big database aptly called « A Brief History of Time ».

The paper describes a database of 1,243,776 notable people and 7,184,575 locations associated with them throughout human history (3000 BCE-2015 AD) and then sets out to analyze it.

A sensitive portrait of Lévi-Strauss

by Emmanuelle Loyer
Femina Prize 2015
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Emmanuelle Loyer, historian at Sciences Po, was awarded the 2015 Prix Femina Essai last autumn for her biography of Lévi-Strauss. Drawing on previously unused archives, Loyer’s book explores the career of a peerless figure whose thought was shaped by a keen sense of the senses. Interview.

Claude Lévi-Strauss’s multi-faceted identity is one of the most striking features to appear in your biography. He seems anxious to belong to several eras and several cultures at once.

Using History to Heal

on CNRS News
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 What if we could improve diagnosis and treatment of a disease by revisiting how our understanding of it—or lack of—evolved over time? This strategy is at the heart of the SILICOSIS project, which by combining medicine and history has already improved the monitoring of patients exposed to specific types of dust particles.

From Deep State to Islamic State

The Arab Counter-Revolution and its Jihadi Legacy
by Jean-Pierre Filiu
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In his disturbing and timely political history of the ‘Deep State’ in the Middle East, Jean-Pierre Filiu reveals how the autocracies of Syria, Egypt, and Yemen crushed the democratic uprisings of the ‘Arab Revolution’. They did so by turning to the shadowy intelligence agencies and internal security arms of the so-called ‘Deep State’ — emulating strategies pioneered in Kemalist Turkey — who had decades of experience in dealing with internal dissent, as well as to street gangs (the Baltaguiyya in Egypt) or death squads (the Shabbiha in Syria) to enforce their will.

Jenny Andersson awarded

the prestigious CNRS bronze medal
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Jenny Andersson, a CNRS fellow and researcher at the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po, has been awarded the prestigious CNRS* Bronze Medal for her research.

CNRS Bronze Medal rewards the first work of a researcher, which makes him/her a talented specialist in his field. This award represents a CNRS encouragement to pursue well on track and already produced fruitful results.