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Started in Fall 2009 at the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) in Paris by Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary art history, Artl@s brings together scholars interested in a Spatial (Digital) approach.

The team is interdisciplinary with contributors coming from art history, history, sociology, and geography. It is also international and grounded in prominent institutions, such as the Sorbonne, the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Sciences Po Paris, École du Louvre, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Manchester University, the Courtauld Institute, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, the East Anglia University in Norwich, Freie Universität Berlin, and Purdue Univeristy.

The project benefits from the support of the ENS, which has been financing the first stages of the project and is providing hardware, software, and staff support, from the Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (IHMC) and the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). This support is ongoing and connected to the tenured appointments of Joyeux-Prunel, and her colleagues Michela Passini and Blaise Wilfert-Portal.

In 2011, Artl@s was selected to become part of the Labex TransferS, a laboratory of excellence that gathers promising research projects from the ENS and the Collège de France for eleven years, renewable. The project will thereby receive support for the next nine years.

In 2011, Artl@s was also awarded an ANR-Jeune. Granted by the Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (National Agency for Research) recognized projects lead by junior scholars (under forty years-old). Artl@s was granted 200,000 euros over four years.

Finally, in Fall 2012, Purdue University awarded Catherine Dossin, Assistant Professor of Art History and a founding member of Artl@s, Sorin A. Matei, Associate Professor of Communication and digital humanities strategic coordinator, and Nicole Kong, Assistant Professor of Library Sciences and Director of the GIS Library, both a Global Synergy and a Enhancing Humanities Grants in order to support the development of a pilot project on the reception of American art in postwar Europe and the organization of an international conference on the potential of Spatial art history for the discipline.

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