Presentation

Archaeology in the present:  global challenges in the light of the past

The École Universitaire de Recherche Archaeological Challenges (EUR ArChal / The Graduate School of Research Archaeological Challenges is in the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and associated with seven partner institutions: Centre National de la Recherche (National Research Centre, France), Freie Universität Berlin (the Berlin Free University, Germany), Universidad Complutense Madrid (Complutense University Madrid, Spain), Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (University of Bologna, Italy), Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales – INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations, France), Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques préventives – INRAP (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research, France), Musée d’Archéologie nationale Domaine national Saint-Germain en Laye – MAN (National Museum of Archaeology at the National Domain of Saint-Germain en Laye, France ).

The ArChal Graduate School of Research was an award-winner of the Investments for the Future Programme for University Research Schools in 2019. Developed in 2020, the programme will begin in November of 2021.

The ArChal has three goals:

  • Offer innovative training in cutting-edge archaeological methods and techniques
  • Develop original teaching and research projects (master’s degrees, theses, scientific projects) on subjects related to current global challenges.
  • Strengthen the professionalization of students through this dual approach.

In order to achieve its goals, the EUR ArChal proposes the original creation of a platform for European cooperation in archaeological education and research. The synergy between the partners involved in this URS is guaranteed by the sharing of themes, scientific and ethical values, as well as by collaborations already trialed at the institutional or individual levels.

The project will be articulated around four major challenges:

  • Environment and climate change
  • Power and inequalities
  • Conflicts, mobilities and migrations
  • Techn and innovation

Through diachronic analysis of strategies adopted to meet global challenges in the past, the EUR ArChal will provide a totally unprecedented knowledge base on the subject. The project will aim to reach students, scientists and socio-economic actors, as well as citizens. In the light of the past, ArChal will endeavour to contribute to the implementation of sustainable strategies to cope with the challenges of the future.