A Foreword from our Director

Sophie CHIARI is a Professor of English literature in Clermont Auvergne University, as well as an expert of the Early Modern period, and more particularly of SHAKESPEARE and his contemporaries. She was appointed head of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme of Clermont-Ferrand, on January 1st, 2021: “The Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (…) is not only a full research facility, under the administrative supervision of Clermont Auvergne University and the CNRS, (…) its mission is also to guide its lecturers and researchers by offering them plenty of services to support their research projects (…)”.​

Our Missions

The Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Clermont-Ferrand is a Support and Research Unity, under the supervision of both Clermont Auvergne University and the CNRS. It initiates interdisciplinary research projects in scientific fields such as foreign languages, Social Sciences and Humanities (SHS), and supports the researchers and university lecturers of its 15 associate laboratories during every step of the conception, realization and circulation of their scientific projects.




Interdisciplinary research within the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Clermont-Ferrand mainly revolves around two scientific axes: “Territories, environment, adaptation” and “Ruptures, revolutions, innovation”. These axes concentrate on SHS (Social Sciences and Humanities) related dynamic phenomena on the scale of individuals, social groups, natural spaces, territories. These processes are questioned by every SHS field, by seeking opportunities to collaborate with the so-called “hard sciences”.​

Plateforms & Services

As a research unity, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (UAR 3550) conducts its own research projects, but its mission is also to support the projects of its associate laboratories and the Social Sciences and Humanities lecturers of Clermont Auvergne University. Thus, it provides eight specific services and five technological platforms.



Our History

In 2016, celebrating the ten years of the existence of the MSH was an opportunity to look back on all the accomplished work, the process which enabled the local Social Sciences and Humanities (SHS) to be clearly identified on a national level: the various Maisons des Sciences de l’Homme are indeed a prominent marker of the twenty greatest French universities. Moreover, this anniversary demonstrated to a large extent the importance of SHS research, in a constantly evolving world in which landmarks and explanation about the meaning of life are as necessary as ever. On this day, a round table discussion reunited the successive directors of the MSH since its very creation, to build a feedback on the first ten years of existence of the institution, as well as a reflection on how the most important dimension of its missions, interdisciplinarity, is implemented.