As part of its lecture series, the Research Chair on Beauty studies will invite numerous experts each year to address top-ics specific to the concept of the beauty. Those experts, drawing on experience gained in an array of scientific and artistic disciplines, will share their reflections and current research and invite us to rethink our relationnship with beauty.

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conférence 2 chaire beauté(s)
conférence 2 chaire beauté(s)
crédits : Daniel Nicolaevsky

Upcoming event
Beauty and self-constructing
March 19, 2021, 6PM-8PM (UTC+1)
Live on YouTube [more information coming soon]


Gisèle Dambuyant, Sociologist;
Camille Froidevaux-Metterie, Feminist Philosopher and Pr. of Political Science;
ORLAN, artist.



November 2019

Beauty & Truth

Can we think about beauty in terms of truth? or truth in terms of beauty? For its inaugural confer-ence, the Research Chair on Beauty studies asks three noted figures from different disciplinary backgrounds to tell how they grapple with concepts of beauty and truth in their scientific or artistic practices.

November, Thursday 28, 2019
6 p.m. - 8 p. m.

Collège de France
11 Place Marcelin Berthelot, 75231 Paris
Amphithéâtre Guillaume Budé

January 2020

Beauty of the Body

The Research Chair on Beauty studies invites three experts on the body – a tattoo artist, a performer and a researcher – to contrast their unique perspectives on the narratives that bodies can produce. Artists and research-ers come together on stage for an informal discussion about multiple aspects of the beauty of the body.

January, Thursday 16, 2020
6 p.m. - 8 p. m.


Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique de Paris
2bis Rue du Conservatoire, 75009 Paris

Junior researchers seminar


This seminar was developed as a place for knowledge and experience sharing between researchers from all disciplinary backgrounds who are facing issues related to the notion of beauty.

It is more broadly aimed at all those who wish to participate in a collective and interdisciplinary discussion on the issue of beauty and all related themes: attractiveness, taste, accuracy, brightness, harmony, or a contrario, ugliness, deformity, discordance, etc..

Due to national health restrictions, the sessions will be held online and will be followed by an open discussion.

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Sophie Cohen-Bodénès, ENS - PSL
PhD candidate in cognitive sciences at the Perceptive Systems Laboratory (Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs) ENS - PSL, LSP).

Justin Jaricot
Scientific coordinator · Research Chair on Beauty studies.

Guilhem Marion, ENS - PSL
Doctoral student in cognitive sciences at the Perceptive Systems Laboratory (Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs), ENS - PSL, LSP.

Rémi Mermet, ENS - PSL
Post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratoire Pays Germaniques, ENS - PSL.