BABEL Research Unit

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The Babel Research Unit was created as a result of the interdisciplinary collaboration at the Faculty of Languages and Humanities : French Language and Literature, Comparative Literature, English, Italian, Spanish, and Hispanic languages and cultures. Research first focused on the study of languages and myths.

Research Unit Management

Director : Martine SAGAERT, University Professor
Assistant Director : Gilles LEYDIER, University Professor

Research Unit Staff

The Babel Research Unit has 38 permanent professors and researchers

Research Themes / Teams

The multidisciplinary activity of the Babel Research Unit is organized around 3 hubs.

Language Hub :

Director : Michèle MONTE, University Professor
Members conduct research on the Social Interactions of Language and Discourse. 2 Research Teams :

  • Team “SéLedis” (Director : Michèle MONTE, University Professor) focuses on lexical and discursive semantics (including denominations and figurative senses).
  • Team “ÉRIS” (Directors : Alessandro LEIDUAN, Associate Professor, Yves BARDIERE, Associate Professor and Thesis Director) focuses on narrative production and reception genres and relationships between fiction and non-fiction.

Literature Hub :

Director : Martine SAGAERT, University Professor
Members conduct research on the origins of texts and peoples, images, symbols, archetypes and myths influencing literature. 3 Research Teams :

  • Team “Literature in the Euro-Mediterranean Region” (Directors : Laure LÉVÊQUE, University Professor and Jacques-Emmanuel BERNARD, University Professor) specializes in a particular geographic area.
  • Team “The Middle-Age and First Modernity” (Directors : Guillaume BERTHON, Associate Professor and Inès KIRSCHLEGER, Associate Professor) focuses on a particular era.
  • Team “Book Areas/Spaces” (Directors : Martine SAGAERT, University Professor and Alain MORELLO, Associate Professor) focuses on a specific field of study.

Cultures and Societies Hub :

Director : Gilles LEYDIER, University Professor
2 Research Teams :

  • Team “Contemporary Issues in the English-speaking world” (Director : Gilles LEYDIER, University Professor) is composed of civilisation scholars focusing on political and social issues in the United Kingdom, Scotland, Ireland, North America, and Australia.
  • The Interdisciplinary team “Women and Gender” (Natacha ORDIONI, Associate Professor and Thesis Director and Martine SAGAERT, University Professor) focuses on the question of gender using different approaches (literature, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and medicine) in order to tackle discrimination.

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