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Presentation - TRAME (English)

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General presentation

TRAME stands for Texts, Representations, Archaeology, Authority and Memories from Antiquity to the Renaissance.
The purpose of TRAME laboratory is to gather all the researchers who study Humanities and Social Sciences at the UPJV, on a period stretching from Antiquity to the Renaissance. It proposes to focus on an interdisciplinary continuum connecting the notions of civilization, culture and heritage. Its field of research goes from literatures – ancient and modern, French or foreign – to history, art history and archaeology.
In this perspective, TRAME is at core of the research programme “Heritage, Cultures, Transmission and Languages” developed in the Humanities and Social Sciences area at the UPJV.

History of the laboratory

TRAME was formed on the first of January 2008, with the merging of two pre-existing research teams: CEMAR (a study group on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, UPJV), and LAHM (a laboratory of archaeology and medieval history), and with the joining of the specialists of Antiquity working at UPJV.
In 2011, the scientific activity of TRAME led to the creation of UnivArchéo, which is dedicated to preventive archaeology and concentrating on the medieval period.


TRAME laboratory was given an “A” when it was assessed by the AERES [Agence d’Évaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur/Assessment Agency of Research and Higher Education] in February 2011, with a special distinction for the quality of its scientific production and its influence both in France and abroad.

Organization chart

Head: Michel PAOLI
Treasurer: Pascal MONTAUBIN
Secretary: Michela COSTANZI
Webmaster: Marie-Sophie WINTER

Composition of the board

Audrey DURU 
Marie-Laurence HAACK 
Étienne HAMON 
Michel PAOLI 
Philippe RACINET 
Marie-Sophie WINTER 
Gérard FERCOQ DU LESLAY (external member) 
Alexandre LEDUCQ (external member) 
Raphaële SKUPIEN (student representative) 
Mathieu BEGHIN (student representative)

Themes and fields of research

In order to promote the collaborations within the laboratory, the scientific project has been structured on four lines of research. The objective is to connect methods and approaches for a better understanding of the past, from Antiquity to the Renaissance, with a strong rooting in the Middle Ages: history – including the study of archives and art history – as well as archaeology, paleography, literatures and philology. The different lines of research propose a cross-disciplinary look at both historic and literary aspects, i.e. texts, images and any kind of written or unwritten documents.
- the historical and archaeological component of the laboratory highlights the connections between powers and territories, in three main directions: the places of power,  the places of worship and their mutual influence on the organization of powers and population, the development of territories and the exploitation of the natural environment at the same period.
- the artistic and literary component focuses on texts and representations from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Its aim is to study the tradition and transmission of different models of thoughts and ideas, as well as the translation of texts. It also takes into account the fact that, up to modern times and the gradual secularization of thought and artistic production, the religious and the political fields are closely linked. This component studies the forms and evolutions of these connections both in texts and artistic representations.

Thus, four cross-disciplinary lines of research unite and structure TRAME’s research project:
  • Exchanges and identities
  • Texts, images and spirituality
  • Heritage and material culture
  • Spaces, powers and societies





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