Founded in 1958 within the VIth section (economic and social sciences) of the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE), the “Center for research in history of science and technology” changed name in 1966 to become the Centre Alexandre-Koyré (UMR 8560). The Centre belongs to the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, the CNRS and the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle and hosts over one hundred researchers, university lecturers and professors, post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students. Their work contributes to the social and cultural history of science and technology, practised in dialogue with philosophical and sociological approaches; it covers a wide field of investigation, in terms of periods – from Antiquity to the contemporary world – , of geographical and cultural areas, of scales of analysis – from the local to the global and their interactions— and of their objects of study: from the science of man and society to naturalist knowledge, from the political dimensions of technoscience to the circulation of knowledge, from the visual studies of science to the historical institution of disciplines and their evolution, from the knowledge of the body and life to the history of the historiography of the sciences.
The Centre Alexandre-Koyré is a partner of two “laboratoires d’excellence”, the LabEx HASTEC (“History and anthropology of knowledge, technology and belief”) and the LabEx SITES (“Science, innovation and technology in society”). Within the EHESS, its main institutional home, the Centre manages graduate programmes at the master’s and PhD level, offering training in research through research in the history of science and technology. The Centre also benefits from a dedicated digital platform and owns a large library specialized in the history of science and technology and in science studies, one of the most important of its kind in France.
UMR 8560 EHESS/CNRS/MNHN
Campus Condorcet / bât. EHESS
2 cours des Humanités
93322 Aubervilliers cedex