Theme-based Research Networks

Theme-based Research Networks bring together international-level research teams in the École française de Rome’s fields of expertise, promoting the convergence of scientific initiatives, data sharing, and dialogue on methods and results.

These networks enable the École française de Rome to support researcher mobility and ad hoc initiatives on common research tools, training workshops, and cross-disciplinary publications.

  • Consular Fabric
  • Inhabitants, Mobility, and Urban Transformation (Mediterranean, 15th-21st centuries) – HAMéD
  • History and Heritage – Small Islands of the Western Mediterranean
  • Maghreb Studies Network

Consular Fabric - LAFABCO

Informally active since 2014, the "Consular Fabric" research network significantly leverages the “Consuls” and “Consoli” programmes at Casa de Velázquez and the French School of Rome. Primary objectives are twofold: first, to continue and expand ongoing methodological exchange over a number of years between France, Italy, Spain, and Tunisia; second, to cultivate a comprehensive training programme for emerging researchers, young scholars who not only utilize consular sources but have a growing interest in the consular institution per se.

The "Consular Fabric" has its own academic blog, which describes its activities in detail.


Arnaud Bartolomei (Université Côte d’Azur), Mathieu Grenet (Institut national universitaire Champollion, Albi), Fabrice Jesné (Université de Nantes), Jörg Ulbert (Université Bretagne Sud).


  • Archivio storico-diplomatico del Ministero degli Affari Esteri
  • Casa de Velázquez
  • UMR 9016 TEMOS – Temps, Mondes, Sociétés (CNRS-Universités d’Angers, Bretagne Sud et du Mans)
  • EA 1193 Centre de la Méditerranée moderne et contemporaine (Université Côte d’Azur)
  • EA 1163 Centre de recherches en histoire internationale et atlantique (CRHIA, Université de Nantes)
  • École française d’Athènes
  • UMR 5136 France Amériques Espagne. Sociétés, pouvoirs, acteurs (FRAMESPA, CNRS-Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
  • Institut universitaire de France
  • Archives Nationales
  • Archives du Ministère français des Affaires étrangères


Modern and Contemporary History, in dialogue with political science, sociology, anthropology, and art history.

Inhabitants, Mobilities, and Urban Transformation (Mediterranean, 15th-21st Centuries) – HAMéD

This network is the follow-up to the "Espaces urbains, mobilités, citadinités Europe méridionale-Méditerranée. XVe-XXIsiècle" Mediterrapolis International Associated Laboratory, with which the EFR was associated between 2017 and 2021. The network’s brief is to foster and coordinate research and collaborative scientific efforts regarding the role of mobility in shaping and reshaping urban societies. Essentially, the concept of mobility is not viewed as an external element, but as an intrinsic factor in the ongoing evolution, adaptability, and reconfiguration of urban spaces, in direct response to shifts in societal structures. Two doctoral training workshops and the creation of multiple databases are envisaged, including a nominal database of Rome’s inhabitants in 1648-1649, reconstructed from church records. Additionally under development is a Geographic Information System (GIS) detailing Neapolitan fondaci and mapping structures, still existing and no longer visible, associated with migration to Tunis.


Eleonora Canepari (Aix-Marseille Université), Fabio Amato (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale).


  • UMR 8562 Centre Norbert Elias (EHESS-CNRS-Avignon Université-Aix Marseille Université)
  • Dipartimento di Economia aziendale (Università di Roma Tre)
  • Dipartimento di Storia Antropologia Religioni Arte Spettacolo (Sapienza Università di Roma)
  • Dipartimento di Scienze sociali ed economiche (Sapienza Università di Roma)
  • UMR 8066 Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (CNRS-ENS-PSL-Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Istituto di storia dell’Europa Mediterranea (CNR); Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo (CNR)
  • Centro di elaborazione culturale mobilità, migrazioni internazionali (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale)
  • UMR 7303 Temps, espaces, langages, Europe méridionale, Méditerranée (TELEMMe, CNRS-Aix-Marseille Université)


Anthropology, geography, history (medieval, modern, contemporary), sociology, and urban planning.

Small Islands of the Western Mediterranean – History and Heritage

Researchers from a range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences join forces in this network to conduct scientific projects regarding small islands in the Western Mediterranean. The network’s goal is to promote a convergence of research outcomes and support joint initiatives. The starting point is an inventory of islands and islets conducted by the "Petites îles de Méditerranée" Initiative, an international Coastal Conservancy-affiliated NGO, with a view to preserving such micro-insular spaces. These territories often still receive only marginal attention in geological, ecological, geographical or historical scientific research. The network was established to enrich the encyclopaedic atlas of the small islands in the Mediterranean  (PIM Initiative), using geolocated data on human occupation of the islands and islets over time. The objective is to foster the emergence of interdisciplinary projects combining the humanities and natural sciences with regard to natural and cultural island heritage. The network also seeks to raise awareness about island heritage preservation among a variety of audiences. The primary focus of actions is on small islands along the Italian coasts.


Brigitte Marin (École française de Rome)


  • Università degli studi di Roma Tre
  • Università degli studi di Milano
  • Università degli Studi di Cagliari
  • Istituto storico italiano per l’età moderna e contemporanea
  • Aix-Marseille Université
  • Conservatoire du littoral
  • Initiative Petites îles de Méditerranée – ONG internationale

Joint projects with: the Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, the Fondation Camargo (which offers residencies for researchers and artists), and the "Histoires vraies de Méditerranée" association, a collective of artists, translators, and researchers dedicated to collecting oral life stories from island inhabitants.


Archaeology, History, Geography, Anthropology, Natural Sciences, Ecology, and Museology.


Maghreb Studies Network

Set up under a 2011 framework agreement, this network initially focused on promoting active scientific policy for the social sciences in the modern-day Western Mediterranean area. Over time, its scope has expanded to encompass long-term perspectives and archaeology. The network relies on complementarity between French Schools abroad and the Joint Units of French Research Institutes abroad (UMIFRE), leveraging their local presence and research networks to serve as a hub for the facilitation of exchange and interaction, primarily among France, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria. It organizes an annual, theme-based research training workshop.


Gwladys Bernard (Casa de Velázquez), Adrien Delmas (Centre Jacques-Berque, Rabat), Nicolas Laubry (École française de Rome), Oissila Saaidia (Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain, Tunis).


  • Casa de Velázquez
  • Centre Jacques-Berque
  • Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain

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