French and Francophone

5. French resources in Maghreb

5.3 Research Centres

Research Centres in France

Université Paris VII (Denis Diderot)

The University’s research portfolio includes a range of research projects in the area of literature, social sciences and humanities, as well as interdisciplinary research groups in society and migration in the (post)colonial context, including the Maghreb. See here.

The library is accessible from here

Le Centre d’Etudes des Nouveaux Espaces Littéraires de l’Université Paris XIII (Paris-Nord)

Previously known as the Centre d'études francophones et comparées (CELFC), this research centre in French and comparative studies concentrates on the exploration of new and emerging literary spaces ("nouveaux espaceslittéraires", "littératures émergentes"), challenging traditional readings of literary spaces. Transdisciplinary studies with a strong accent on theory.

In 2005, the CELFC became the Centre d'Étude des Nouveaux Espaces Littéraires (CENEL). 

Centre de Recherches Interculturelles sur les Domaines Anglophones et Francophones (CRIDAF)

Hosts an interdisciplinary research group bringing together specialists in comparative Anglophone and Francophone literatures.

Centre de Recherches Moyen-Orient Méditerranée (CERMOM), Ecole Doctorale de l’INALCO (InstitutNational des Langues et Civilisations Orientales), Paris

Interdisciplinary research centre devoted to the study of Arabic studies, Hebrew and Jewish studies as well as Turkish and Islamic areas.

Coordination Internationale des Chercheurs sur les Littératures Maghrébines

Internationale association of researchers with a wide distribution list and membership access to the biannual peer-reviewed publication Expressions Maghrébines, previously known as Etudes Littéraires Maghrébines.

Université de Lyon Lumière 2

The Faculté des Lettres, Sciences du Language et Arts hosts the research group on French and Francophone contemporary literatures Passages XX-XXI.

Research Centres in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines d’Algérie (CEMA), Oran

The Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) is a private body funded by the Institut Américain d’ÉtudesMaghrébines. Its mission is to facilitate scientific research in the area of North Africa, all disciplines covered, and to encourage the information exchange in the field of research.

Centre National de Recherche en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle, Oran

The CRASC is a national research institute in the area of human sciences and the production of knowledge in society created in 1992.

Centre des Etudes et Recherches en Sciences Sociales (CERSS) of the University Mohammed V – Agdal, Rabat

Brings together university lecturers, researchers and specialists from across Universities in Morocco. Specialises in the area of social studies of contemporary Morocco.

Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat

Belonging to the network of the twenty-seven centres of research in French outside France (IFRE – Instituts Françaisde recherche à l’étranger), the Centre Jacques Berque is a multidisciplinary research centre in the areas of sociology, politics and literature in Morocco and the Maghreb. It has a library with 12,000 documents on contemporary Morocco and the Maghreb.

Centre National de Documentation, Haut Commissariat du Royaume de Maroc

The Centre’s research portal ABHATOO gives access to a variety of sources, textual, visual and audio, relating to all aspects of the social and economic life of contemporary Morocco.

Université Mohammed V - Agdal, Rabat

Hosts a research group on Maghrebian literatures, le Groupe d’études maghrébines, Départment de langue etlittérature françaises.

Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis / Centre for Maghreb Studies in Tunis (CEMAT), Impasse Menabrea,19 bis, rue d’Angleterre, 1049 Tunis-Hachad

CEMAT is the American Research Center in Tunis, one of the three centers under the American Institute for MaghribiStudies (AIMS) (the other two are TALM in Tangier and CEMA in Oran).   CEMAT has a two-room library specializing in works in English about North Africa.  The library includes about 2000 books and about 1000 theses, plus journals and collections of press clippings and miscellaneous articles by topic area. It has a large number of theses, both published and unpublished, by American scholars on the Maghreb. The Centre organizes conferences and one-day events onMaghreb-related subjects.

Note: the Library is non-circulating; the materials must be consulted in the Library and cannot be checked out.  

Centre de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (CERES), 23 rue d’Espagne, 1000 Tunis

Large collection of books and periodicals on the Maghreb in Social Science subjects. The CERES publishes the RevueTunisienne de Sciences Sociales

Faculté des Lettres, des Arts et des Humanités, Université de la Manouba, La Manouba 2010,Tunis

The French, English and Arabic Departments have a variety of subjects related to the Maghreb, not only literature, but also to linguistics and "civilisation". A full list of research units can be found here

Institut de Belles Lettres Arabes (IBLA)12bis, rue Jamâa el Haoua, Bab El Menara, 1008 Tunis

Extensive collection on Maghrebian literature, Islam and Maghrebian culture.

Institut de Recherche sur le Magreb Contemporain, Tunis

Since year 2000 under the trusteeship of the CNRS. Specialises in research in the areas of Social Sciences and Humanities and covers all regions of the Maghreb (Tunisie, Algérie, Libye, Mauritanie), except Morocco (see the Centre Jacques Berque in Rabat).

It has a library with open access. Large collection of up-to-date periodicals and books on Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian society, economy, history etc. The Institut’s online catalogue is available onsite only.

The IRMC also edits an annual peer-reviewed publication Maghreb et sciences sociales.