476 CNRS researchers have obtained a European Research Council (ERC) grant since 2007. This enables them to conduct exploratory research of their choice over a five-year period - all of which in exceptional conditions!

Katell Berthelot
Social Sciences & Humanities
Re-thinking Judaism’s Encounter with the Roman Empire: Rome’s Political and Religious Challenge to Israel and its Impact on Judaism (2nd Century BCE –7th Century CE)
The Study of the Human Past (SH6)
Textes et documents de la Méditerranée antique et médiévale (Centre Paul-Albert Février)
Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences
“The ERC changes the way I do research, and it’s a real intellectual challenge!”
How did Judaism change as a result of Roman domination between the 2nd century BC and the 4th century AD? That's the question that the ERC grant will hopefully enable me to answer, together with my team. This far-reaching subject encompasses multiple disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, including history, literature, archaeology, numismatics and epigraphy What I like most about my work is being in direct contact with traces of the past and developing an analysis from start to finish. Yet with the ERC, this is no longer the case, for the first time in my career. My colleagues contribute complementary forms of expertise, which leads to fascinating exchanges and allows us to cover a wider and more diverse field of data. It’s very inspiring. Still, the time I spend organizing, managing and supervising the project is that much less for creative thinking. Collective work is no doubt important in research, but it can’t do everything! In other words, the ERC changes the way I do research, and it’s a real intellectual challenge!

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