Artlas is part of the activities and network known as LABEX TransferS: a network that brings together multiple research teams recognized for their excellence from both the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Collège de France.
TransferS is primarily a funding body, certainly, but it is also a collective with a shared interest in substantive issues around cultural and material circulation and trans-period, transnational history in which historians, art historians, archaeologists, sociologists, musicologists and specialists in law and economics work together. Our team meets regularly, shares their resources and IT tools, confronts common problems, and exchanges methods and results.
LABEX TransferS website can be found here: http://www.transfers.ens.fr
ANR funding of nearly €200,000 allows for the development and online presence of Artlas in the form of an electronic atlas of art history that creates information using a GIS (geographical information systems) mapping application. This atlas, designed in 2010 following several years of research on issues of international artistic and cartographic representation, is dedicated to enhancing the study of artistic and literary creation on local, national and international levels—not merely by establishing the locations of artistic objects, but also by registering the impact of spatial and cartographic logic on the history of art. The arts are understood here in a broad sense: fine arts (painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture), decorative arts, film, and music. Artlas is thus contributing to the establishment of a comprehensive global history of art and literature.
The first phase of Artlas’ development will take place over two years and will target the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the West. The next two years will be devoted to the chronological extension and geographical expansion of the atlas, particularly to Asia.
This project has been supported since 2009 by a multidisciplinary team of young researchers, the majority of whom study the art history but additionally investigate history, sociology, economics, geography, film studies, literature and foreign languages. Initiated by Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, lecturer in the Department of History and Theory of the Arts at ENS Ulm and researcher at the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History (IHMC , UMR 8066), Artlas is at the center of a collaboration between the humanities departments of the ENS (History and Theory of Arts, Geography, History, Social Studies, Foreign Languages and Literature) and pushes its branches into scientific departments (Mathematics and Computer Science in particular). Blaise Wilfert, lecturer at ENS Ulm (Department of Social Sciences), joined Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel in coordinating the project.
The team now has thirty young researchers. The Artlas team hails from both French and foreign universities: most numerously from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Purdue University (USA), and including students and researchers from the Universities of Paris Ouest Nanterre, Paris I, Paris IV, Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris XIII, Lille III, Tours and Rouen, INHA, EHESS, Sciences Po Paris, BNF, Manchester University, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Freie Universität Berlin, the Free University of Brussels, the Courtauld Institute, Columbia University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The National Agency for Research (ANR), founded in 2005, is a public interest group created to fund innovative research projects in the form of research contracts of short duration (usually 4 years). Research teams are funded directly on an individual basis.
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