A place that co-ordinates research carried out by hundreds of researchers, scholars and PhD candidates, through different intertwined aspects (territories and housing, techniques and productions, families and networks, civic religion, dissidence and hagiography).


A laboratory of reference for the study of feudal societies and ancient rural societies (FLORAN), and for research on the Iberian world, and in particular on Spanish literature of the Golden age (CRITICON), without neglecting economic and social transformations of the 18th and 19th centuries.


A symposium of historic and literary disciplines: textual history and text editions, linguistics, literature, juristic anthropology, history of art, archaeology, ethno-history...


A place of observation on contacts between Mediterranean civilisations and on southern Europe's colonial projects of American territories


A centre of documentation on the History and civilisation of the Midi de la France (over 20000 volumes)


To these traditional foundations, we can, from now on, add an opening towards the 20th and 21st centuries. The study of medieval societies up to our contemporary societies has adopted a comparative approach in time, taking into account new territories such as North Africa and North Europe. 


Some history:  The acronym FRAMESPA (FRAnce Méridionale et ESPAgne) of the UMR 5136 (Mixed research unit) refers to the logic of a geographical area, that chairs over a partnership of various pre-existing research entities, since 1995.


The mixed research unit 5591 that was then founded, went through some restructuring (1999-2001), then was re-formed in 2003 under its actual code name.
Since the 22nd of September 2005, the mixed research unit 5136 brings together 69 publishing researchers and teaching-researchers. This mainly academic unit includes 5 CNRS (National scientific research centre) researchers and 7 from ITA. Our team devotes itself to the study of medieval, modern and contemporary societies through various aspects: economic, political, cultural and religious.


More over, this unit associates authors capable of convening period documents, ranging from mythical narratives to oral investigations, associated with archives, correspondence, iconography, and archaeological testimonies.


The grounds of research: Our researchers cover vast chronological fields starting from the 6th century up to the 21st century, exploring different geographical spaces, and in particular Western Europe, Latin America and Northern Africa. 


The transverse aspects: These aspects proliferate between ten research teams, various themes, such as identities, economic development or the circulation of knowledge and faiths.


The chronological and geographical continuities seem self-evident in the study of religious facts, the history of the Iberian Peninsula or mountain rural civilisations. 


Lastly, numerous collective searches exist already or are under project, with three other laboratories from the Very Big Unit, which will be created during the next quarter:

-    With UTAH (UMR 5608) on the theme of material civilisation and technical culture, and    in particular, on baked clay and iron, including archaeological data.


-         With GEODE (UMR 5602) in the study of landscapes confronted with the development of human activities in the mountains or in Latin America


-         With the socio-anthropologists of the Anthropology centre (UMR 8555), around anthropology of Christianity and the analysis of social behaviour in time.


FRAMESPA also gives strong support to the review Midi-Pyrénées Patrimoine that celebrates research.