A social science centre engaged in major issues facing contemporary India and South Asia in an era of globalization


The Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH)
is part of a network of 27 research centres of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2007 it was accorded the status of Joint Entity of French Research Institutes Abroad or UMIFRE (no 20) of the Ministry and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

The institution traces its origins to 1980 when the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan moved, from Kabul to Delhi, following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It was renamed the French Archaeological Mission in India. The Centre de Sciences Humaines was officially created in 1990 and initially conducted research on history and Indo-Persian culture. In 1995, there was a shift in the research focus and the CSH became a centre specialising in the study of issues related to the contemporary dynamics of development in India and South Asia.

  • Objectives and mission

As a research centre, the overall objective of the CSH is to examine the various transition processes that affect India and the South Asian region along with the impacts of globalisation. The research fields cover the entire spectrum of Social Sciences and Humanities (economics, political science, international relations, international law, geography, demography, sociology, anthropology and other areas).

The main mission of the CSH is to contribute to the development and circulation of social science knowledge, based on a multi-disciplinary approach, on India and South Asian countries and societies.

In pursuit of its mission, the CSH follows a three-way strategy 

    • Production of social science knowledge
Through its numerous collaborations (programmes) with Indian and European partners in the field of Social and Human Sciences, the CSH strengthens academic links between these two regions of the world and fulfils the function of scientific cooperation.

    • Social science outreach
Through different types of events, the CSH gives opportunities to its researchers to share the fruits of their work, to compare them with those of Indian and South Asian institutions and also to disseminate research beyond academic circles, working on topics that are relevant for economic agents and political decision-makers (planners, senior officials, diplomats, et al.)

    • Promotion of research
Through its publications and its collaboration with reputed academic journals and publishing houses (in English and in French), the CSH aims to promote the diffusion of research works across South Asian countries and beyond.