The Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Age and the Enlightenment
(IRCL, UMR 5186)






Conferences and seminars










The Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL) is a joint research centre (UMR 5186) of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3. It is located at Site Saint Charles.


The research activities of IRCL cover the European early modernity from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment: genealogies and contemporary issues.


IRCL explores three fields of research:

  • Field 1: Cultural environments in mutation (15th–18th centuries)
  • Field 2: Traditions, their circulation, transmission, and translation in Europe (15th–18th centuries)
  • Field 3: Contemporary approaches to early modernity in a globalised world


IRCL counts some forty university lecturers and professors, three CNRS research fellows, two CNRS research associates, and three members of support staff (librarian, administration, communication, and business managers). Around thirty doctoral students are registered at IRCL and are engaged in a wide range of postgraduate research. The research activities of IRCL cover the construction and emergence of modern thought in the fields of knowledge, aesthetics, and the history of the book. The common denominator behind the work we do is that IRCL does not dissociate the various components of our activities, whether they are circumscribed in time (Renaissance, Neo-Classical Age, and Enlightenment) or space (France and Britain), or are disciplinary (literature, arts, civilisation, history of ideas) or thematic. Our commitment is to build bridges and explore areas of contact among these various fields.


IRCL seeks to foster high-quality, specialised research by creating a space that encourages the fruitful interactions of its members' respective fields of investigation. Far from endangering the specialisation that is necessary in all scientific activity, the cross-boundary explorations carried out within our team contribute to enrich the specific activities of its members.



News & Events



Call for papers

Conference: Healing in Early Modern Britain, Ireland, and North America (16th–18th c.)

20–22 October 2022
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3

link to CFP

A joint conference of the French Shakespeare Society (SFS) and the Society for Anglo-American Studies of the 17th and 18th centuries (SEAA1718), organised with IRCL.










French version


News & Events

Theatre and the pandemic: research in progress


Joint doctoral programme

Migration and Modernity: Historical and Cultural Challenges



Cahiers Élisabéthains
















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