Talk by Bertrand Jouve, March the 16th


  Speaker: Bertrand Jouve

Title:  Using graph theory for the study of medieval social network

Date and Time:  Friday, March 16th, 3:00pm – 4.00pm

Location: Building 8 Level 9 Room 66 (AGR) RMIT City campus (To connect via visimeet  please contact

Abstract:    We show how classical and new tools of graph theory may be used for studying medieval sources. The large-scale processing of information contained in agrarian contracts between 1250 and 1550 allows to propose forms of social organizations of the peasant world of the south of France that bring new points of view to some major questions posed by historians.

Bio:   Bertrand Jouve is a senior researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He studied pure mathematics, passed the agrégation in Mathematics and, in 1999, was awarded a doctorate (PhD) in Cognitive Sciences under the supervision of Pierre Rosenstiehl (mathematician) and Michel Imbert (neuroscientist) at the Higher School of Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris). First an Assistant Professor in Toulouse, then a Full-Professor of Applied Mathematics in Lyon, he was appointed Senior Researcher by the CNRS 53 interdisciplinary Commission in 2014. Bertrand Jouve’s work focuses on the construction of mathematical models of graph theory to be used for the analysis of large-scale interaction networks. Over a decade, he has worked at the boundary of neurosciences on the topological structure of cortico-cortical neural connections of monkey brains. Since 2004, he has been working at the boundary of Social Sciences and Humanities. He first collaborated with linguists on the structure of language dictionaries, with sociologists to analyze large-scale social networks and with historians with a view to reconstructing former complex social networks. Bertrand Jouve created the Toulouse Institute for Complex System Studies (XSYS) in 2014. Bertrand Jouve is engaged in the national administration and strategy of French research. He was a member of the CNRS board between 2011 and 2016 and member of the CNRS Committee for Intensive Computing. Since June 2016, he has been President of the National Network of 23 Houses of Social Science and Humanities (RNMSH) which is a part of the French national strategy for excellence in Social Sciences and Humanities.


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