Launch of the PSL-L’Oréal "Beauté(s)" Chair


Launched by Université PSL, with the support of L’Oréal, the new research Chair « Beauté(s) » will create an ecosystem dedicated to interdisciplinary studies on the notion of beauty. As part of the launch, the Chair opens calls for applications: two doctoral contracts and one PSL-L’Oréal 2019 dissertation prize.

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What defines beauty? Plural, elusive and yet omnipresent, beauty carries notions of aesthetics and truth. It holds a universal quest: the human pursuit of beauty spans every civilization. Beyond its infinitely diverse manifestations, can we reveal invariants among conceptions of beauty? Doesn’t beauty live through science?

Confronted to such issues, neurosciences, sociology, history and anthropology, philosophy, mathematics, physics, all sciences and arts may find answers; but by joining forces, these many disciplines will offer new answers that none of them could reach on their own.

To do so, a new chair funded by L’Oréal will provide an ecosystem dedicated to interdisciplinary studies related to the notion of beauty. For four years, a seminar and a lecture series will rally and interbreed sciences with artistic creation in order to grasp every aspect of the complex but crucial notion of beauty. The Chair will be directed by a scientific steering committee and by a pool of young researchers, after recruiting two doctoral students, two post-doctoral fellows and a scientific coordinator. Each year, a ceremony dedicated to researches on beauty will be held to award the PSL-L’Oréal dissertation prize.

The Chair will offer a comprehensive environment for studies and research and will disseminate its discoveries to students, then to a larger audience, through seminars, lectures, internet broadcasting, various multimedia contents and a final publication.

The scientific steering committee of the Chair is composed of Rémi Carminati (physicist), François Jouen (neuroscientist), Nadeije Laneyrie-Dagen (art historian), Jacques Leclaire (physicist and biochemist), Alexandra Palt (Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer & Executive Vice-President of the l’Oréal Foundation), Kaouther Adimi (program supervisor for the l’Oreal Foundation, writer), Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk (text historian), Frédéric Worms (philosopher). The committee may call on external experts on the requested topics.

Call for applications

Doctoral contracts

2019 PSL-L’Oréal dissertation prize:

The post-doctoral fellows recruitment will be launched at the end of June 2019.

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Deadline for applications:

  • Doctoral contracts: June 16, 2019
  • 2019 PSL - L'Oréal dissertation prize: May 31, 2019

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