ED 540 - Doctoral School "Humanities, Arts, Social and Human Sciences"

Until the creation of the Doctoral School 540 (ED 540) in 2010, there was no Doctoral School devoted to the Humanities and Social Sciences at the École Normale Supérieure. The Doctoral School "Humanities, Arts, Social and Human Sciences" aims at : 

  • Promoting interdisciplinarity and plurality of approaches for doctoral studies, in keeping with the ENS academic identity as it is experienced by normaliens students.
  • Supporting a better way of organising and systematising cooperation between the various departments and research units of the ENS. 

Initially, the ED 540 only accepted doctoral students whose research brought together Humanities and Sciences, willing to achieve pioneering work within emerging fields of interests, at the interface between several disciplines. 

Any student who intends to pursue research with a supervisor attached to any of the research units based at the ENS (please find that list here) is now eligible. He or she will then benefit from our tight network of research teams in Humanities and Social Sciences. 

The ED specialises in the following domains:

  • Visual Arts
  • Cinema
  • Musical Composition
  • Design
  • History and Philosophy of Sciences and Techniques
  • Aesthetics and History of Arts
  • Geography and Urbanism
  • History of Modern and Contemporary Worlds
  • History and Archaeology of Ancient and Medieval Worlds
  • Languages and Literature
  • Theatre
  • Philosophy
  • Politics, Power and Social Structures
  • Neurosciences, Cognitive Science and Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Sociology, Demography, Anthropology and Law



École Doctorale 540
École normale supérieure
45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris

Director of the Doctoral School 540 : Sophie ROUX

email : sophie.roux@ens.fr

The Secretary is now located in the yellow corridor, Office BC 205 ( 2nd floor, stair B ), Espace Recherche Lettres

Secretaries : Drifa FATHI and Eleonora SAMMARCHI

email : secretariat.ed540@ens.psl.eu

phone : + 33 1 44 32 21 98

Opening hours:

MON 9h00 - 17h45

TUE 9h00 - 13h00

WED 9h00 - 17h45

THU 9h00 - 17h45

FRI 10h00 - 15h00