Can the ubiquity of religious practices throughout history in Mediterranean societies contribute to define them or at least bring them closer to each other?
Because of its diversity and continuity over time, religion is an exceptional research angle for the social sciences in the study of religious systems and the way societies integrate them.
In the Mediterranean, religion is an effective identity marker and explains the history and formation of different communities.
The Labex RESMED “Religions and societies in the Mediterranean” supported by the “Pole de recherche et d’enseignement supérieur” Sorbonne Universités (called PRES, an organisation for research and higher education), offers a range of research topics linked to the expertise of our scholars.
Based on a careful and reasoned approach to the sources, our aim is to conduct studies focused on revealing periods from Antiquity to the late Middle ages, sometimes until this day and age. Through exceptional interdisciplinary collaborations, the program intends to impact on current debates and suggest explanations of the contemporary Mediterranean complexity.
Our specialists (95 scholars participating to the project) are members of research units that play a leading role at an international level. We collaborate with the most prestigious institutions in the field of humanities.
The Labex RESMED primary vocation is to be a dynamic element in a network of research laboratories working on the Mediterranean, not only in France but also in Europe and around the Mediterranean.
This research is organized around three themes: