Communication and societies

The research laboratory "Communication and societies" came into existence in 2006/2007. Our main research theme focuses on the re-making of social ties in pluricultural and democratic societies, also known as "communication societies".

Research activities

The name "communication and societies" calls for a distinction between what’s new and what can be inscribed into some form of historical continuity in the interaction between communication and democracy. Communication as such and democracy itself both remain intrinsically symbolic processes which are both trying to knot some forms of egalitarian threads between things that cannot be tied up. This shared sense of finality is not synonymous with an identical finality for both processes : communication as such is trying to create social ties, a particular form of link which rests on a mutual understanding which naturally remains unsteady ; on the other hand, democracy as a process helps to establish a political entity and a community with a legal norm, accepted and yet constantly questioned. With both democratic models (the Anglo-Saxon model based on multiculturalism and the French republican model) and their different approaches to cultural diversity being very much questioned, our aim is to study the contradictory evolutions of a pluricultural social link through a theoretical and empirical work opened on various geographical and cultural spheres (Europe, the United States, Latin America, etc.). Here is the stated objective of our pluridisciplinary research team.

Disciplinary fields

All scientific disciplines are concerned with the evolution of social ties. Our aim here is to avoid a disciplinary gap within human sciences (between political sciences, economics or sociology for instance) and also between larger scientific domains (human sciences, information sciences, information technology, communication and engineering for instance) in order to get a better understanding of the current transformations of democratic societies. Our specific working methods towards a common knowledge opened on the outside :
- an interdisciplinary approach combining researchers from various scientific disciplines (communication, anthropology, economics, other humanities, etc.)
- readings, book reviews and analyses during meeting sessions on a weekly basis
- common scientific projects (seminars and book publication).
- an open-door policy : meetings and seminars opened to journalists, PhD students and any other person or student eager to join us for our weekly meetings. Regular meetings are held one a week each Thursday, 1.15 to 3.15 pm, University Blaise Pascal, CLM, 34 avenue Carnot, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand. Public seminars are held at the MSH (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme), 4 rue Ledru, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand.

To contact us or for more information

  • Secretary : (+33) 473 406 421
  • Director : Prof. Sébastien Rouquette
  • Directrice adjointe : Olivia Salmon-Monviola, Etudes ibériques