Bordeaux Montaigne University

A think-tank and an intellectual hub, Bordeaux Montaigne University contributes to the scientific debates of the day and is unrelenting in cultivating its fundamental values: independence and freedom of thought. It has made equal opportunities one of its priority remits and is constantly striving to improve its training schemes and support all its students towards success.
More than ever, the university is following in Montaigne’s footsteps in upholding the model of a university with a human face and dimension, in line with its founding values: humanism, exploration, multilingualism, citizenship, creativity and digital technology.

The new four-year contract gives us the opportunity to redesign the research landscape at Bordeaux Montaigne University around an ambitious scientific policy, encouraging original and emerging research and developing cross-cutting interdisciplinary reflection at the crossroads of the humanities, languages, arts and human and social sciences, focusing on four areas: city, nature and democracy; writing, translating and representing; gender, body and norms; classical humanities and digital humanities.

This policy is built on the strengths of the institution’s culture, diversity, multidisciplinarity and openness to the outside world. The university draws on the research programmes and activities of its nine research units, six UMRs (joint research units) and one UMS (joint service unit) in the arts, humanities, languages and human and social sciences. It aims to support emerging fields, innovative projects and the centres of excellence that distinguish them – primarily archaeology, the flagship of the Bordeaux site.

It promotes the dissemination of research work through the university’s publishing houses (Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux), and its scientific journals. The policy also aims to protect, facilitate and maintain long-term research, supported by long lasting national and international collaborations and the search for stable funding. Whilst it is anchored in the local region, the research policy is also embedded within dense and prestigious international networks.