The Rhône-Alpes Centre for Historical Research (LARHRA)


The Rhône-Alpes Centre for Historical Research or LARHRA is a multi-institutional research centre, attached to France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). The participating higher education institutions, all situated in the French region of Rhône-Alpes, are as follows: Lyon Lumière University, Lyon Jean Moulin University, Grenoble Alpes University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. The LARHRA is composed of 6 full-time CNRS researchers, 79 faculty staff from the three participating universities, 14 technical and administrative support staff, 3 post-docs and research assistants, 140 doctoral students and 97 associated members


The work of the LARHRA research centre is organised within six research groups, each choosing to specialise in one field of historical research:

"Public policy and urban life" ;

"Art, image(s) and society" ;

"Gender and society" ;

"Religion and belief systems: interdisciplinary perspectives";

"The circulation and transmission of knowledge" ;

"Territories, economies and societies" 


In addition, members of the LARHRA work together regularly in three interdisciplinary workshops:

"The Image, sound and memory workshop" ;

"The Societies at war workshop"  ;

"The Digital History workshop"


The Rhône-Alpes Centre for Historical Research specialises in research in history and the history of art on the early modern, modern and contemporary periods. Members’ interests cover a wide geographical area, from Latin America to North Africa and the Near East, as well as Western Europe. The subjects studied by researchers at the LARHRA range from business history to the Inquisition, from urban migration to Gender Studies, from architecture to the fine arts, from medicine to technical education, from historical geography and environmental history to religious syncretism, from the history of memory and heritage to the study of the contemporary media.

Despite the diversity of historical subjects studied, the members of the Rhône-Alpes Centre for Historical Research all share a commitment to research which seeks to place historical actors in the broadest societal context possible, building on the strong research tradition in the discipline in the regional centres of Lyon and Grenoble which stretches back over a period of more than fifty years. The group participates actively in a number of initiatives aimed at applying the latest digital technologies to historical research, with a particular focus on the development of digital data systems and models, according to the principles of FAIR Data.

Contact details for the director and deputy-director of the LARHRA research centre, for those in charge of the various research groups and interdisciplinary workshops as well as group’s administrative and support staff, may be found here.


Leaflet presenting the Rhône-Alpes History Research Group:

  • In french (PDF)