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Centre for Research in Arts and Aesthetics (CRAE)

Research unit - UR 4291


The CRAE brings together researchers in visual arts, cinema, theatre, art history, aesthetics (arts, literature, philosophy) and archaeology.
Our unit allows fruitful circulations from one field of research to another. As several of our members are artists, curators, film-makers and playwrights, the CRAE is strongly involved in activities that combine theoretical research and creative practice.
In this way, it emphasises the importance of links with society and the need for scientific mediation on a national and international scale.

To highlight its research areas and activities, the CRAE has an internationally peer-reviewed scientific journal, founded in 2013, entitled Tetrade: 🡭


  • Cyril Caux
  • Sally BONN
    Assistant director
  • Androuia Michael


10 rue des Français libres
Pôle Citadelle - Bureau E2
80080 AMIENS


Centre for Research in Arts and Aesthetics


Effectif total : 74

Personnel de recherche : 42

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 1



• Axis 1. Analysis of Art and its discourses (history, epistemology)

• Axis 2. Tools and Gestures of Research and Writing — OGRE: this training aims to propose collective research practices or research-Creation which will have as final object the edition of an elective collaborative anthology and an anti or against manual of analysis of works (workshop seminar).

• Axis 3. Arts and territories: Reflection on artistic, architectural, political, social and memorial approaches to the heritage of modern and modernism while integrating colonial and post-colonial issues.

• Axis 4. Temporality, light, movement: The global perspective of this axis is to be interested as much in the work as in its realization according to a poetic and genetic approach, more particularly in relation to the questions raised by the temporality, light, movement and their interrelationships.

Example(s) of projects

1. Tetrade, an interdisciplinary journal with an international scientific committee founded in 2013. Published by the Centre de Recherche en Arts et Esthétique (CRAE, UR 4291) of the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, it brings together works and texts in philosophy, humanities and the arts, around the four areas of research of CRAE: philosophy and aesthetics, visual arts, art history, performing and screen arts. Open to international collaborations, it is completely free. 🡭

2. “Serge Daney, word for word”: International colloquium, involving researchers in philosophy and film studies, engages in a reflection on terms chosen from the vast corpus of film critic Serge Daney (1944-1992) to reveal its conceptual implications, to uncover its intellectual references, to analyze its style and to think its political commitments. 🡭

3. "Tracer les savoirs: bande dessinée, sciences et recherche": this symposium is based on the dynamics of the festival Les 26e Rendez-vous de la bande dessinée d'Amiens and thus makes it possible to cross researchers, artists and authors around a common theme: to trace, to produce, to create knowledge. 🡭

Example(s) of publications

1. Christophe Bident, La vie versée dans les récits (vers le nom de Blanchot), Paris, Furor, 2021.

2. Marion Boudier, Avec Joël Pommerat ; un monde complexe, Arles, Actes Sud, 2015

3. Androula Michael Les happenings de Jean-Jacques Lebel (éd.) en collaboration avec Jean-Jacques Lebel, Paris : Éditions Hazan, 2009, ISBN 978-2-7541-0351-0. 🡭

4. Marie-Domitille Porcheron, Philippe Sénéchal dir. , Camille Claudel en Picardie, chez elle, catalogue de l’exposition 15 mars-4 mai 2006 au Pôle Cathédrale de l’UPJV, Service des Affaires culturelles de l’UPJV- Illustria, 2006, 131 p.

5. Nicholas Zmelty, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. La stratégie de l’éphémère, Paris, Hazan, coll. « Les grandes monographies », 2019 : 🡭

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

National : Collège International de Philosophie à Paris, Université Grenoble Alpes, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, Institut national d'histoire de l'art

International : Université Autonome de Barcelone (Spain), École des Beaux-Arts d’Athènes – ASFA (Greece), Université Fédérale de Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS à Porto Alegre (Brazil), Université Fédérale de l’État de Rio de Janeiro – UNIRIO (Brazil), University of Thessaly (Volos, Greece), Valand Academy (Gothenburg, Sweden),

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Applications sectors

  • Art / Culture
  • Education / Training
  • Science / Research

Services provided

We provide services according to our expertise

Training offers

Each research axis offers a doctoral seminar each year.

Seminar List: 🡭

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