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

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The Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH)
is part of a network of research centres of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

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. The CSH was officially created in 1990 and initially conducted research on history and Indo-Persian culture. In 1995, the CSH became a centre specialising in the study of 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 globalization. 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).



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

    • Production of social science knowledge
Through its numerous collaborations with Indian and Global partners in the field of Social and Human Sciences, the CSH fulfils its function of scientific cooperation.

    • Social science outreach
In organizing a variety 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.

    • Promotion of research
Thanks to its dynamic publications and its collaborations with reputed academic journals and publishing houses, the CSH aims to promote the diffusion of research works across South Asian countries and beyond.