Sciences & Humanities Confluence Research Center-

Scientific research at UCLy has become a priority which has led to the creation of this Research Center made up of eight research teams.

A multidisciplinary Research Center to promote convergence and strengthen UCLy's scientific potential

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The Sciences & Humanities Confluence Research Center was established as a result of the project to bring together different disciplinary fields which, on the one hand, have their own specific features and, on the other hand, allow cross-approaches with regard to anthropological, scientific and social issues:

  • An approach to cultures, based on a scientific analysis of their different manifestations and interactions.
  • An approach to individual, social and environmental behaviour from the perspective of the humanities and legal sciences, taking into consideration the question of the meaning they express and convey.
  • A "living" approach based on the study of the impact of environmental factors on biodiversity and health, and on cross-cutting disciplines such as epistemology and ethics.
  • An approach to religious phenomena, not only from the perspective of critical observation – historical and sociological – and from the study of a specific corpus but also through a methodical study of the reasoned discourse that believing communities themselves hold concerning their faith, which constitutes "theology" proper.
  • An approach to how companies integrate social, environmental and ethical concerns into their operations and governance (CSR), and innovation management.

The intersection of these different approaches allows a precise multidisciplinary examination of contemporary ethical issues in the different fields in which they arise (environment, intercultural dialogue, ethics in science).

The Sciences & Humanities Confluence Research Center aims to increase the quality and scientific visibility of UCLy and to promote convergence between its 131 teacher-researchers, including 22 HDR and 12 professors from the canonical faculties (Nihil obstat) as of 01/10/2020.

8 research teams

- Research cluster 1: Theology, philosophy and religious sciences

- Research cluster 2: The Bible, ancient literature and culture

- Research cluster 3: Culture(s), language, imagination

- Research cluster 4: Education, people, support

- Research cluster 5: Integral human development, ecology, ethics

- Research cluster 6: Legal, political and social sciences

- Research cluster 7: Biosciences, technologies, ethics

- Research cluster 8: Sustainable business and organisations


Two journals contribute to UCLy's influence. The RU relies, among others, on them to report on its work.

Théophilyon: published since 1996, this review has the distinction of being a joint publication of the two faculties of theology and philosophy.

Semiotics and Bible: This review has been published 4 times a year since 1975. Sémiotique et Bible is the only French-language journal that deals with both the biblical sciences and disciplines related to language sciences. Sémiotique et Bible offers text studies, elements of initiation to semiotic reading, and theological and theoretical reflections.


Vulnerability: a major theme for the Confluence Sciences and Humanities Research center

The Confluence Sciences and Humanities Research  Center has made vulnerability a key focus of its explorations. A decision explained by the center’s Director, Valérie Aubourg.