• Maritime Ambitions
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management

Research and Studies Centre - History and Societies (CREHS)

Research unit - UR 4027


CREHS is a research unit located on the Arras site of the University of Artois. It brings together historians, art historians and archaeologists, whose work covers all periods of history, from Mediterranean antiquity to the present day.
The research developed within CREHS focuses on investigations in the following areas:
• Education and training (contemporary era).
• Religious identities in modern and contemporary times (Protestantism and Catholicism in Northern France and the former Netherlands; religious reforms; religious communities).
• Heritage (material, intangible) of the ancient Netherlands and Northern France, from medieval to contemporary times.
• Manifestations and forms of political power and its challenges (ancient, medieval and contemporary times).
• Economic history, particularly with respect to wages, in France and Europe from 1950 onwards.
• Connections East - West and ancient silk roads (ancient times).


  • Pierre Schneider


9 rue du Temple
Université d'Artois, Maison de la Recherche
62030 ARRAS


Research and Studies Centre - History and Societies


Effectif total : 72

Personnel de recherche : 34

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 3



• Knowledge, inventory and exploitation of material (built) and immaterial (football; memory of sport) assets of the Hauts de France Region
• Art history in Northern France and the Old Netherlands (painting, architecture, gardens)
• Archaeology of regional (medieval and modern) buildings in the Upper France Region
• Knowledge and analysis of political powers
• International relations and contemporary diplomacy
• History of Economics
• History of Education and Training
• East-West relations

Example(s) of projects

• Archaeological exploration of the remains of Old Hesdin: 🡭 (under development),

• Studies of medieval and modern remains of Dommartin’s Prémontré Abbey in Tortefontaine (abbey and monastic buildings): 🡭 (under development),

• Watteau Exhibition in Berlin (2021)
The CREHS participated in the elaboration of a 3D video restitution of the Notre-Dame bridge in Paris, as well as of the shop of the merchant Gersaint, which presented, in October 1720, the famous Gersaint Ensign (today preserved in Charlottenburg and highlight of the exhibition). This interactive restitution is presented on a touch screen at the entrance of the exhibition: 🡭,

• Gosnay Charterhouse (2015-2020)
CREHS conducted the excavation of the Chartreuse du Mont-Sainte-Marie de Gosnay, “exceptional city” of the Nord mining basin - Pas-de-Calais (UNESCO World Heritage Site): 🡭,

• Research program supported by the National Research Agency LODOCAT (CREHS participant - 2014-2019)
This project aims to study diachronically (from the 9th to the 18th centuries) the originality of forms of Christianity developed in «fringe» areas, straddling political, religious and linguistic boundaries in Western Europe.

Example(s) of publications

• Youri Carbonnier, « Déclassement et reconversion. Le sort des musiciens du roi après le 10 août 1792 », Siècles, 2018, Reconversions et migrations professionnelles. Le monde des musiciens et des comédiens à l’heure de la Révolution et de l’Empire, 🡭

• Cesari Laurent, « The Declining Value of Indochina: France and the Economics of Empire, 1950-1955 », dans The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis, 2007, 🡭

• Antoine Destemberg, « Un système rituel? Rites d'intégration et passages de grades dans le système universitaire médiéval (XIIIe-XVe siècle) », Cahiers de recherches médiévales (XIIIe-XVe siècles), 2009, pp.113-132, 🡭

• Stéphane Lembré, « Copier pour rivaliser et copier pour apprendre : l'enseignement de la dentelle en France au XIXe siècle », dans Florence Charpigny, Aziza Gril-Mariotte et Maria-Anne Privat-Savigny, Copie et imitation dans la production textile, entre usage et répression, EMCC, p2010, p.21-27, 🡭

• Pierre Schneider, « Ptolémaïs des chasses : une fondation urbaine grecque dans l’océan Indien (IIIe siècle a.C. – Ier siècle p.C) », Carnets de Recherches de l'océan Indien, 2019, pp. 5-33, 🡭

All publications can be found here

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

• Université de Picardie Jules-Verne et Université du • Littoral (dans le cadre de la structure fédérative de recherche "Territoires historiques"
• Université de Lille
• Sorbonne Université
• Université de Dijon
• Ecole normale supérieure de Paris - PSL et Muséum national d'histoire naturelle de Paris (dans le cadre du GIS "Océan Indien - Méditerranée)
• Institut catholique de Lille (dans le cadre du GIS "IEFR")

• Université de Rome "Tor Vergata" dans le cadre du • GIS "Océan Indien - Méditerranée"
• Casa de Velasquez (Madrid)
• Ecole française de Rome
• Institut Confucius

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

• Communauté d’Agglomération Béthune-Bruay-Artois-Lys

International :
• Unesco (groupe pour la protection du patrimoine syrien et de Palmyre en particulier)

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Archaeological expertise on sites in the region
• Inventory and valuation of regional assets
• Advice/interventions on religious fact and secularism (via the Institute for the Study of Religious Facts)

Training offers

Intercultural training via the “China-West” Intercultural Management DU

Consulting services

We provide consulting services on all our skills


Affiliated institutions / organisations


Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Maritime Ambitions
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management
    • New economic models
    • Resilience, risk factors and fragility
    • Societal issues, employment, inclusion, social innovation
    • Territories, heritage and culture