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The Centre de Recherche sur le Monde Iranien (CeRMI) laboratory, a CNRS joint research unit co-supervised with Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Inalco and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, brings together several disciplines around the study of the Iranian cultural area. CeRMI is affiliated to the Alliance Sorbonne Paris Cité (ASPC) and the Université Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL). It is a founding member of the Labex Fondements Empiriques de la Linguistique (EFL).

UMR8041 | Centre de Recherche sur le Monde Iranien : Languages, Cultures and Societies from Antiquity to the Present (CeRMI)

Research carried out by members of the Centre de Recherche sur le Monde Iranien (CeRMI) takes place in the various fields covered by the human and social sciences - the study of languages, texts and literatures, history, religions, contemporary societies - and concerns a geographical area stretching from the Near East to Central Asia, wherever Iranian cultures have been present during the different historical periods, from Antiquity to the present day.

Heir to the "Iranian World" laboratory (UMR7528) founded in 1995 by the same trustees, CeRMI came into being on January 1, 2020 following the reconfiguration of the UMR "Iranian and Indian Worlds" (2005-2019).

The laboratory has around twenty permanent members (researchers, teacher-researchers, engineers and technicians), some twenty PhD students, and several non-permanent members (post-docs, researchers and engineers on contract or invited). Its research library, Bibliothèque James Darmesteter, has been deposited with the Bibliothèque Universitaire des Langues et Civilisations (BULAC) since 2011.

Strongly committed to the training of young researchers, the CeRMI organizes or co-organizes research seminars open to researchers, teachers and students, some of which can be validated as part of students' university curriculum, in particular the monthly research seminar "Ssocieties, politics and cultures of the Iranian world". It also organizes an annual PhD Day. In addition to this annual event, themed doctoral days and various research workshops, also open to Master's students, are held on a regular or ad hoc basis.

The UMR 8041 CeRMI is currently directed by Ms Maria Szuppe, Director of Research at the CNRS, assisted by the Laboratory Council made up of four researchers and teacher-researchers, an engineer and a doctoral student representative.