Published on June 8, 2009 Updated on April 20, 2016

The Chair directs its efforts towards education and research. Its works are made available to the public through publications and conferences.

Its main objective is to stimulate historical and anthropological reflection on the foundations and process of interculturality, with particular emphasis on the place and development of cultures in the context of globalisation (Article 2 of the Agreement between UNESCO and the Catholic University of Lyon).

It also aims to promote an integrated system of research and educational activities in the field of memory, cultures and interculturality.

In addition, it also encourages collaboration between top researchers, the University's internationally famous academics and higher educational establishments in France, Europe, North America and other areas of the world (Article 2 of the Agreement).


The Institut des Droits de l'Homme (Institute for Human Rights) at the Catholic University of Lyon, which in practice forms the basis for the Chair, offers Masters courses (Masters 1, professional Masters 2 and research Masters 2) and doctoral studies through lectures, seminars and conferences.
These provide a specialist, multidisciplinary education where students attend courses dealing with the legal foundations of human rights as well as related subjects such as political science, geopolitics, philosophy, anthropology, ethics and so on. These courses aim to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the issues of interculturality and universality.

These courses are open to students from other departments of UCLy. Links have been formed with the Faculty of Law, the Ecole Supérieure de Traduction et de Relations Internationales (ESTRI, the School of Translation and International Relations) and the Institut des Sciences de la Famille (Institute for Family Sciences).


Research is advanced by the Chair team, who regularly attend academic events in France and abroad (for example in Germany, Austria, Tunisia, Iraq and Cameroon), through collaboration between members of the network who are working on similar topics, and through the work of PhD students. Events often lead to published articles.



The Chair publishes the Etudes interculturelles, a journal which presents topics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Articles are not only written by members of the Chair team - the journal also features contributions from other experts at UCLy, and from the network and French and international universities in an approach that supports partnership between the North and the South.

Members of the Chair team also contribute articles to external publications such as Diogène and the Revue trimestrielle des droits de l'homme.