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Cultures & Conflits since 1990
08 janvier 2009

The quarterly journal Cultures & Conflits constitutes the main publication of the Centre, featuring articles in French, with abstracts available both in English and French. The journal is fully peer-reviewed, and currently enjoys 263 regular subscribers, two thirds of which are universities and research centres. In addition to research conducted by the CEC, the journal also strongly encourages external submissions, either in the form of individual articles or special issues, by established academics, young researchers and practitioners, which has allowed over the years for the constitution of a solid network of contacts in a wide variety of research domains. As such, the journal also contributes widely to the international visibility and reputation of the Centre. The journal is supported by the Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Centre National du Livre (CNL).

In addition to its printed version, the full-text contents of the journal since its inception are freely accessible via its website ( This free-access policy has contributed significantly to the European and international diffusion of research undertaken by the CEC: the website attracts an average 30,000 visitors per month, with France, the United States and Canada as the first three visiting countries (the top ten visiting countries also include inter alia Spain, Morocco, Romania or Senegal). In order to further enhance its visibility, the Centre is currently developing English- and Spanish-language sections for the website.

70 issues of the journal have been published so far, providing a wide range of articles that are illustrative of both the particular methodological orientations of the CEC and its themes of research. The review is thematically oriented along the following lines:

-the transformation of contemporary forms of violence, including the transformation of warfare, practices of political violence and radicalisation;

-the evolution of contemporary security policies;

-the social construction of insecurities;

-the socio-historical processes of state construction and their historical evolutions;

-the constitution of identities and borders in their various dimensions (spatial, cultural, social, political, etc.);

-the tensions between human rights and civil liberties on the on hand, and practices of surveillance, exceptionalism and suspicion on the other;

-the political and social dimensions of migration, policies of migration management, including practices of detention, expulsion, and surveillance of populations on the move.

The journal has won the Canadian Award for the best human and social sciences online journal and is indexed by major academic and research institutions internationally. In 1998, this publication has been the first non-English language journal to be featured on Columbia International Affairs On Line website (

Finally, following the publication of each new issue, we  organise conferences with its  autors.  (Please refer to for further information)

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