Human societies are constantly reinventing themselves and developing new ways of thinking and acting, in all fields of knowledge. This creativity, understood in its broadest sense, is the focus of the multidisciplinary CREATES Graduate School, as it applies to the fields of ideas and categories, discourses and works, forms and artefacts, techniques and cultures, and takes into account production and reception systems together with their epistemology. The Graduate School studies the complex processes behind the emergence of novelty and how it transforms in return the elements at its foundation. Along with the notion of creativity, the concepts of transformation and emergence are thus at the heart of the Graduate School's themes.

In topics ranging from language to human and social organizations, the research and teaching of CREATES focuses on the analysis of these emergences and these transformations as they unfold in the arts, literature and languages, cultures and civilizations, philosophy and epistemology, information and communication sciences, linguistics, history and archeology, anthropology and ethnology, sociology, the sciences of management and business administration, and psychology.

Picto recherche
Picto recherche

CREATES organizes its research around 6 major themes, grouped into 3 main research categories :

Epistemology of creativity and aesthetics

This theme deals with the challenge of defining a body of knowledge (with its representations and categories) about art and creativity in non-artistic fields, institutional and/or private organizations, economies, various narratives, etc.


This theme gathers scholars interested in regulatory processes or combinatorics in selection processes (linguistics, improvisation, etc.) and those who study the notion of constraint on production processes. Workshops in dance and poetic writing improvisation are also organized as part of this theme in partnership with the Villa Arson.

Creation and societies


This theme more specifically concerns–but is not limited to–the faculty members and practicing researchers of art schools. It focuses on issues relating to artistic production and on implementing interactions between theory and practice. It aims to highlight and possibly create methodological protocols to support artistic research (ranging from intuition to validation by peers: e.g. exhibitions, juries, concerts, recordings, productions in front of professionals, etc.). It also includes research on creative writing.


This theme concerns the interactions between creativity, the productions that display it and their reception. It covers different fields ranging from cultural identities, sponsorship and commissioning, curatorial practices and mediation, the study of cultural heritage and its formation processes, to the study of audiences and practices (from the point of view of social organization, gender, management, etc.). This theme more generally studies the place of human productions and representations, performances and artifacts in their social and cultural environment.

Creation, text and media


This theme focuses on philology, text history (genetics, conservation and uses), discourse analysis and narratology. The hermeneutics of media now extends beyond the scope of manuscripts and printed matter and equally refers to visual semiotics and soundscapes. This theme also examines digital humanities, both as a form of archiving, manipulating and interpreting textual, image and sound data and as a new paradigm for modes of creation and reception. It includes transmedia and video game writing.


The study of the material life of creations calls for disciplines such as prehistory and history, the history of arts and images, monumental archeology and architecture. It focuses on the transformation of technical and figurative objects and monuments from material and textual traces documenting the processes involved in building, creating, using, updating and recycling these objects.

Laboratories and art schools linked with CREATES

CREATES collaborates with 8 laboratories primarily affiliated with the Graduate School, 2laboratories secondarily affiliated, and 7 art schools.

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