The Maison française is a CNRS research unit in Humanities and Social Science, still it is now broadening its scope to all disciplines with Science and Technology. This can only be done with an interdisciplinary approach: we aim at confronting vistas and allowing exchange between scholars across the whole spectrum of knowledge. The Maison is now also welcoming French scientists for long stays in Oxford.
Dr Ludovic Halby, Research Engineer in the CNRS, was with us between January and December 2017, working at the Department of Chemistry. He developed new therapeutic molecules in the field of Epigenetics. He organised at the MFO an important conference, gathering together chemists, biologists, historians, sociologists, philosophers, lawyers, for comparing their understanding of biological and social inheritance.
Dr Jean-Pierre Mothet, Research Professor (Directeur de Recherche) at the CNRS in neurobiology, was at the Maison française for the academic year 2018-19 thanks to a fellowship at Jesus College. He explained his work to our whole community in an interdisciplinary seminar entitled "Brain chemistry: neuroscience through the looking-glass".
Life and scholarly studies in Oxford are by essence interdisciplinary. At the Maison française, our different research streams join their efforts in the organisation of large conferences like "Transgressing Boundaries in Science-Fiction", a three-day event in May 2019, with film screening and debate with the film director, round-table discussions, lectures and exhibitions.
In the frame of the new agreement with the University of Oxford, we also support interaction between computer sciences, digital technology, humanities and social science in a large project in "Digital Culture and Society" with history, music, literature…