10th Rencontres Recherche et Création – What makes our societies

Telling the story of our origins

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The 2023 archive

With the Agence nationale de la recherche

By bringing together artists and researchers working in different fields, those international gatherings contribute to creating connections between the thought behind some of the greatest works and recent research.
Exploring what makes our societies through the emergence of the human species, the invention of early cities, the feeling of belonging to a citizenry, the forms of collective protection, the recognition of individual rights...

Rencontres Recherche et Création 2023 © Festival d'Avignon - Alexandre Quentin


Telling the story of our origins through DNA—which traces the emergence of the human race—, the first cities, the ritual practices of Mesopotamia over 3 millennia before the Common Era, the migrations and cultural exchanges that made European cities in the Middle Ages.



Tiago Rodrigues director of the Festival d'Avignon
Thierry Damerval president and CEO of the Agence nationale de la recherche


David Geselson director of Neandertal

40,000 years ago...
Jean-Jacques Hublin professor at the Collège de France, holder of the chair of Paleoanthropology, and professor emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig

Genetics for medieval population history: social structures, cultures and migrations
Patrick Geary
professor Emeritus of Medieval History, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles (Co-leader of the HistoGenes project, funded by the European Research Council - ERC)

Rediscovering the mythical past: sensations, emotions and rituals at the time of Gilgamesh
Anne-Caroline Rendu-Loisel associate professor, Assyriology and Archaeology of the Ancient East, University of Strasbourg

At the Origin of Cities: Rethinking the "Urban Revolution" in Mesopotamia
Hervé Reculeau associate professor of Assyriology, Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures, University of Chicago

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