Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Foundation - Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme

Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Foundation
Purpose: Promotion of science
Chair: Michel Wieviorka
Consist: since January 4, 1963
Founder: Fernand Braudel
Seat: Paris

The Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme ( FMSH ; German " Stiftung Haus der Humanwissenschaften " ) is a French foundation from 1963 to promote research and collaboration in the humanities and social sciences. [1]


The foundation was founded in 1963 by Gaston Berger at the suggestion of Fernand Braudel . [2] was the establishment as a state utility lasted three years, so that the official founding date as a foundation under French law on Jan. 4, 1963 adopted. Changes to the purpose of the foundation were made on July 19, 1966 and most recently on February 23, 1973. [2] As an institution promoting science, the FMSH shares its status as a state utility company with the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP). [2]

The aim of the foundation was to bring together the research locations that had hitherto been scattered across France so that research could be organized more effectively. [2] The founding members were the Hispanist Marcel Bataillon , administration officials Julien Cain , the political scientist and historian Jacques Chapsal , the lawyer Gabriel Le Bras and the historian Fernand Braudel, Andre Aymard , Charles Morazé , Pierre Renouvin and Jean Sarrailh . [2]


The FMSH supports mutual cooperation with European countries and important emerging countries by supporting research projects on current topics. [1] An example of such bilateral cooperation is the “Clemens Heller Program”, which is supported jointly with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation , to promote research stays by young French scientists in Germany. [3] As part of this program, outstanding sociologists , political scientists , anthropologists and historians spend several months doing research at academic institutions in Germany. [3]The EU is also involved in funding such research together with the FMSH. [1] [3] Conversely, German scientists are also supported with research stays in France. [4]

In addition to these activities, the FMSH is actively involved in the distribution of research results and publishes around 40 scientific studies per year and around 20 journals. [1]

Head of the Foundation

Fernand Braudel has been in charge since the company was founded and remained in charge until his death in 1985. [2] He was followed by the Austrian-born American and founder of the Salzburg Seminar , Clemens Heller , who had supported Braudel from the start. [2] Heller stayed until 1992 and ran the business in the spirit of Braudel. [2]

From 1992 to 2005, Maurice Aymard , a former student of Braudels and director of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), took over the management of the foundation . Aymard expanded the international significance of the FMSH. In 2005 Alain d'Iribarne took over the office and led the foundation until finally in 2009 Michel Wieviorka, the current incumbent, took over the leadership. [1] [2]


Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Description of a fellowship in collaboration between FMSH and the Gerda Henkel Foundation on the Gerda Henkel Foundation website; accessed on October 20, 2015.
  2. a b c d e f g h i j "History" ( Memento from September 13, 2016 in the Internet Archive ). History of the Fondation Maison des Science de l'Homme on the organization's website, accessed on October 20, 2015.
  3. a b c “Clemens Heller Program” for the funding of research stays by young French scientists in Germany ( memento from March 6, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) on the Fritz Thyssen Foundation website, accessed on October 20, 2015.
  4. Research grants at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH) for graduates in the humanities and social sciences from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on the DAAD website, accessed on October 20, 2015.