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Human and political sciences

ACME –Cartoon studies research group

Objective:  to promote and federate research on cartoon studies by an interdisciplinary approach that is specific to the medium and able to identify its formal diversity, its cultural specificities and its historical transformations.
President : Preyat Fabrice, Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Architecture and pedagogy

President: Boone Véronique, Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Architecture and Social Sciences

Objective : Through exchanges between researchers, this group aims to promote, formalize andstrengthen the epistemological, theoretical and methodological dialogue between Architecture and Social Sciences.
Président : Schaut-Grippa Christine, Chargé de cours P.T. à l'F.A Cambre-Horta ULB

Burgundy and the Low Countries. Interdisciplinary and transnational perspectiveson Late Medieval and Renaissance Art, Culture and Society and its Modern Reception

Objective : Bringing together scholars working on society, art and culture under the Valois dukes of Burgundy and their Habsburg successors (14th-16th c.), as well as on their modern.
President : Bousmar Eric, Professeur ordinaire à l'USL-B


Objective : Focuses on the implementation and consequences of the neoliberal rationality andtechnologies of government on public policies in Belgium.
President : Piron Damien, Ch. cours temp. P-T de l'ULiège

Data-driven humanities

Objective : To stimulate reflection on the application of data-driven quantitative methods to the various disciplines of the humanities, as well as on their specificities with respect to this question.
President : Bertrand Paul, Professeur ordinaire à l'UCLouvain

Pre-industrial metallurgical arts and techniques. Study and conservation

Objective: technological approach of the context of pre-industrial production of metalworking, for a more complete understanding of the pieces and a better determination of the conditions of conservation.
President: Clerbois Sébastien, Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Contemporary Belgium and the world

Objective: the group studies the place of Belgium within the diverse segments of international life and within the interaction between national, regional and global dimensions, taking into account the transnational character of historical phenomena.
President: Michel Dumoulin


Objective: to federate theoretical approaches and case studies in the sociology of French-language literature, including the organisation of an annual study day.
President: Aron Paul, F.R.S.-FNRS Research director at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Bertrand Jean-Pierre, Ordinary professor at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Law(s), constitution(s) and process(es) of (de-)civilization

President: Delmotte Florence, F.R.S.-FNRS Senior research associate at the USL-B

(Onto)Logical Frameworks Of Science: The Linguistic Return (OLOFOS)

Objective: We intend to analyse the conceptual frameworks used in contemporary sciences, whether formal or empirical.
President: Guay Alexandre, Lecturer at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Sensitive cultures

President: Carl Havelange, F.R.S.-FNRS Senior research associate at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Didactics of philosophy: methods and issues

Objective: to think about learning practices in philosophy, in a school context (Philosophy and Citizenship course in Belgium) and outside it (“new philosophical practices”), from the philosophical problems they raise.
President: Herla Anne,Temporary lecturer at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Didactics and mediation of historical knowledge
President: Jadoulle Jean-Louis, Lecturer at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Rare and precious documents

Objective: to promote contacts between book professionals and researchers active in the field of book and graphic heritage in order to share research and completed or ongoing projects and to exchange their advice and experience.
President: Bracke Wouter, Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Modern ecdotics (1500-1850)

Objective: to provide an interdisciplinary framework for researchers and teachers interested in publishing and the questions posed by the editing of texts and documents from the Renaissance period to around 1850.
President: Tilkin-Demoulin Françoise, Lecturer at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Writings by artists

Objective: theoretical and historical study of writings by artists (painters, sculptors, architects, composers, photographers, filmmakers etc.) from an interdisciplinary perspective.
President: Brogniez Laurence, Lecturer at the Université de Namur (UNamur)


Objective: Egyptologists from Belgian universities and museums (professors, researchers, students) present their work in progress twice a year and once a year invite a foreign Egyptologist to present a conference.
President: Mme Marie-Cécile BRUWIER, Visiting lecturer at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and Scientific director of the Musée royal de Mariemont


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President : Vanhamme Luc, FNRS Research director at the ULB

Æsthetics and philosophy of art  

Objective: aims to promote research in the field of aesthetics and to promote meetings between researchers in this field.
President:  Lories Danielle, Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Celtic and comparative studies

Objective: All approaches - archaeological, historical, philological etc. - of the Celtic world and its culture, from the origins to the present day, in particular by the comparative method for Indo-European.
President: Eugène Warmenbol, Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Studies of French language Belgian literature

President: Aron Paul, F.R.S.-FNRS Research director at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Belgian group for Sartre studies

Objective: to encourage exchanges between specialists in disciplines (philosophy, literary studies) that contribute to Sartre studies, to promote the flow of information on research and the teaching of Sartre’s thought.
President: Simont Juliette, F.R.S.-FNRS Senior research assistant at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Contact group for the study of the religions in the Greek and Roman worlds

Objective: To promote a multidisciplinary approach to the religion of ancient Greece by promoting meetings between interested Belgian and international historians, philosophers, philologists and archaeologists.
President: Berthelet Yann, Lecturer at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Research group on archaeological ceramics

Objective: CeRA is a diachronic and interdisciplinary study group on archaeological ceramics. It aims to understand ancient societies through the reconstruction of know-how, environments and social practices.
President: Vokaer Agnès, Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

History of philosophy and philosophical historiography

Objective: To promote the study and knowledge in Belgium of philosophical historiography and its various methodologies, including its epistemology.
Copresidents: Boccaccini Federico, F.R.S.-FNRS Postdoctoral Researcher at the Université de Liège (ULiège)/ Dewalque Arnaud, Lecturer at the Université de Liège (ULiège)


Objective: To federate the researchers, art historians, historians of art, philosophers, semioticians, etc., working in this field within the universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, while at the same time establishing scientific collaborations with colleagues from the Dutch-speaking Belgian universities, in order to make this research better known at national and international level and to promote interdisciplinary crossovers.
President: Falque Ingrid, F.N.R.S. Research associate at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Social inequalities in health

Objective: to research and consider the impact of social and health policies on health inequalities related to current socio-economic development.
President: Humblet Perrine C., Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

The Platonic tradition in antiquity

President: Sylvain Delcomminette, First assistant at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Language(s) and politics

Objective: to study relationships between language(s) and politics through the linguistic analysis of speeches and the political representations they convey.
President: Perez Julien, Lecturer at the Université Saint-Louis (USLB)

Gender: from theories to research strategies

Objective: to reflect on the methods adopted in so-called “gender” or “feminist” research and conduct a critical and interdisciplinary debate on the construction of knowledge and research strategies in this field.
Presidents: Florence Degavre, Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) + Stéphanie Loriaux, First assistant at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Pragmatic approaches to the Earth

Objective: to explore philosophical resources, stemming mainly from pragmatism, making it possible to think out the relations between anthropology, the scientific constitution of nature and the question of the Earth in the situation.
Presidents: Debaise Didier, F.R.S.-FNRS Research associate at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

The GRIF notebooks (Groupe de Recherche et d'Intervention en Formation)

Objective: This group is studying the first French language feminist magazine in Europe. The Cahiers du GRIF have helped to identify the political structure (Arendt) of feminism: creating areas for exchange and writing and establishing public visibility.
President: Cormann Grégory, Academic supervisor at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Marginal areas and the city. Interdisciplinary perspectives

Objective: the objective of this Group is to reflect on the concept of “margin”, to explore its epistemological scope for research on the city and urban issues, and to question its usefulness in formulating policies and projects for future cities.
President: Hanin Yves, Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Linguistics of the sign languages of Belgium

Objective: linguistic study of the sign languages of Belgium (VGT, Vlaamse gebarentaal and LSFB, sign language of French-speaking Belgium), specifically in the fields of corpus linguistics and that of speech.
Presidents: Laurence Meurant-DELFORGE, F.R.S.-FNRS Research associate at the Université de Namur (UNamur)

Collective memories, crossed approaches

Objective: interdisciplinary contacts between researchers studying collective memory (psychology, history, sociology, international relations), research seminars, meetings with international specialists, joint publications.
President: Luminet Olivier, F.R.S.-FNRS Research associate at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Models, exchanges and artistic achievements (15th – 16th centuries)

Objective: the group intends to promote sharing knowledge on the arts produced in the 15th and 16th centuries. Focus will be on the modalities of the exchanges, artistic cross-fertilisation and the circulation of artists and works.
President: Fagnart Laure, F.R.S.-FNRS Research associate at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

ModerNum. Network of French-Speaking Modernists of Belgium

President: Delfosse Annick, Professor at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Museums and contemporary art

Objective: a historic and interdisciplinary approach to museums in their relationship to contemporary art.
President: Bawin-Borecki Julie, Academic supervisor at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Number and brain

Objective: the aim of the Contact Group is to bring together, and develop communication between, the different teams of Belgian researchers working in the field of digital cognition.
President: Gevers Wim, Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Ostia Antica, port of Rome

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President : Van Haeperen Françoise, Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain


Objective: interdisciplinary study of Graeco-Roman Egypt, based in particular on documents in Greek (and Latin).
President: Martin Alain, Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Thinking about the religious dimension in Europe

Objective: multidisciplinary research on the “religious phenomenon”, in its logics of operation and its multiple resonances, as well as in its processes of narrative, interpretation and structuring of the powers of the imaginary.
President: Leclercq Jean, Lecturer at the Université Catholique de Louvain


Objective: to develop collaborations and promote phenomenological thinking in Belgium in future-oriented research. To create a synergy in the service of a phenomenology in renewal, without subscribing to any particular orthodoxy.
President: Lories Danielle, Honorary associate researcher at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Clinical phenomenology

Objective: Organisation of transdisciplinary scientific meetings (psychology, philosophy, criminology, psychiatry, anthropology etc.) on clinical and psychopathological issues.
President: Adam Christophe, Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Modern philosophy

Objective: platform for discussion and exploration of European natural metaphysics and philosophies of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and how they have been received up to the present day.
President: Pelletier Arnaud, Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Comparative poetics

Objective: research into intercultural and interdisciplinary poetics through historical investigation, theoretical reflection and analysis of texts; its applications towards any aesthetic practice.
President: Piret Pierre, F.R.S.-FNRS Research associate at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)


Objective: Organisation of meetings related to recent developments in prehistoric research in Belgium and surrounding countries (North West Europe).
President: Otte Marcel, Professor at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics

President: Content Alain, Ordinary professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Research in didactics of science and mathematics

Objective: to encourage exchanges on both scientific and mathematical didactic theories, and the teaching issues raised by these theories.
Presidents: Bridoux Stéphanie, Temporary lecturer at the Université de Mons (UMons)/Hindryckx-Boxus Marie-Noëlle, Lecturer at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Research on Hegel’s philosophy

Objective: to allow Hegel specialists to meet to discuss and exchange the results of their research and to work together to reformulate the most difficult questions of this philosophy in order to highlight its contemporary relevance.
President: Carré Louis, F.R.S.-FNRS Research associate at the Université de Namur (UNamur)

Systemic research in clinical psychology

Objective: to reflect on the existing methodologies in systemics, - to design paradigms specific to systemic research in the field of clinical psychology, - to promote new research (DEA and own funds).
President: Temporary lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Visiting lecturer at the Université Catholique de Louvain

Research on the philosophy of Aristotle

Objective: to enable Aristotle specialists to meet to compare the results of their research and to work together on the most challenging questions of this philosophy.
Presidents: Destrée Pierre, F.R.S.-FNRS Research associate at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)/Stevens Annick, Lecturer at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Research on the relations between text and image

Objective: to systematise research on epistemological, interpretative and methodological levels, into the relationship between text and image, and to make use of this research to favour the development of collaborations in French-speaking Belgium and abroad.
President: Tilleuil Jean-Louis, Part-time assistant + Temporary lecturer at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Redefining prosperity

Objective: redefining prosperity is indispensable to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Only an inter-disciplinary approach will make it possible to deal with issues in their complexity and to open new avenues for reflection and action.
Presidents: Bauler Tom, Visiting lecturer at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Network of French-speaking Belgian mediaevalists  

Objective: promoting the interdisciplinary character of mediaeval studies in French-speaking Belgium, in a meeting forum primarily but not exclusively open to young researchers.
President: Marchandise Alain, F.N.R.S. Research associate at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

French-speaking network of the sociology of law  

Objective: the development of connections between researchers from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation who specialise in the sociology of law (organisation of workshops, invitation of international researchers, doctoral training etc.)
President: De Munck Jean, Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Sociobiography of activists within the workers’ movement in Belgium

Objective: to encourage the writing of biographical notes within the framework of the collaborative project of the Dictionnaire belge du mouvement ouvrier and to stimulate unpublished transversal thematic research.
President: Geerkens Eric, Professor at the Université de Liège (ULiège)

Sources and methods for the history of social control from the Middle Ages to the present day: deviance, maintaining order and social regulation

Objective: to encourage dialogue between historians, archivists and archive producers – to discuss research on social regulation since the Middle Ages – to reflect on methods of communication, interpretation and exploitation of data.
President: Rousseaux Xavier, F.N.R.S. Research associate at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Translatio. Late Antiquity - Early Middle Ages in the West (4th - 10th centuries)

Objective: to promote research conducted in French-speaking Belgium on Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (4th -10th centuries), by offering researchers an interdisciplinary platform for meetings and scientific exchanges.
President: Verslype Laurent, Ordinary professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Labour and social emancipation

President:  Gobin Corinne,F.R.S.-FNRS Senior research assistant at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)


Objective: the group aims to contribute, through a systematic interdisciplinary analysis, to better management of ageing by social and political decision-makers, service providers and the elderly themselves.
President : Nathalie Rigaux, Professor at the Université de Namur (UNamur)

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