CERMOM, Middle East and Mediterranean Research Centre

Since 2006, CERMOM (EA 4091) has brought together some 50 tenured faculty—primarily from Inalco, but also from Sorbonne Université and Paris 8—who specialize in the cultures of the Middle East and Mediterranean: the Arab world, Mediterranean and Muslim societies, Hebrew and Jewish studies, and the Turkish, Greek, Kurdish and Persian worlds.
Their work covers the period from the seventh century to the present, with particular emphasis on the modern period (16th–18th centuries) and contemporary period (19th–21st centuries). The research unit is multidisciplinary: it focuses on contemporary and classic literature, both written and oral, through projects such as MigrEnAb and the French National Research Agency (ANR)–backed MSFIMA, Aliento, LJtrad and Rieti projects; linguistics, including Semitic linguistics, dialectology, contact among languages in the Mediterranean and corpus linguistics; philosophy and religions, such as through the DISCORDIA project; the humanities, social sciences; and digital pedagogy. Our scholars publicize their work in many different forums. They publish, speak at international symposia, organize academic events, attend specialized seminars, make media appearances, produce methodological and teaching tools, appear in exhibitions, and more.
CERMOM’s faculty are involved in several scientific interest groups (GIS)—Muslim World GIS, Gender GIS, Religions GIS—and are sought-after experts.
In addition to the 50 doctoral students it works with, the unit hosts many junior and senior researchers from around the world who are working on exciting projects and hold international, European and French grants (Marie-Curie-Klodowska).
CERMOM publishes the journal Yod, which is dedicated to Hebrew and Jewish studies. The latest issue, “Le voyage de l’hébreu” (The journey of the Hebrew language), is now available.

Overview of the research unit

CERMOM (EA 4091) houses and supports the Oriental Languages and Cultures Program, which offers master’s degrees in Arab and Hebrew/Jewish Studies, and the HSTM (History, Societies and Territories of the World) Program. Since 2006, these units have been conducting multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research within an entity that nurtures scholarship and oversees doctoral students. The unit currently comprises 47 tenured faculty and 20 research fellows, and 57 doctoral students, 4 of whom are under doctoral contracts.



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