In order to reward each year doctoral theses which represent an essential contribution to the public policies of culture, the ministry grants financial support for the first publication of the thesis.

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What is the thesis prize "Valois", Young researchers?

The thesis prize "Valois", Young researchers is a publication aid. This aid rewards each year 3 doctoral theses for their quality, originality and essential contribution to the cultural policies of the Ministry of Culture.

Objectives of the approach

The "Valois" thesis prize has two objectives:

  • contribute to the sharing of knowledge
  • to bring the results of research on culture policies to the knowledge of society and decision-makers

The research

Whatever the disciplines and cultural fields (heritage, creation, media and cultural industries, languages of France), research will focus more broadly on all aspects of public cultural policies: institutions, professions, socio-economics of culture, etc...

Research will inform departmental policies over time. They will address issues of access to culture, knowledge transmission and social cohesion. They will also place cultural policies in all public policies for the development of territories, including with a comparative dimension.

You will find here the names of the winners and the presentation of the winning theses during the 2022 edition:

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Previously awarded theses

Since its creation in 2017, the thesis prize "Valois", Young Researchers has received many applications from various disciplines and universities throughout the country. This prize has already been awarded to fifteen theses, whose diversity and interest in the subjects constitute an essential contribution to the reflection on public policies of culture.

The following theses were awarded:

  • Night microphones. History of night radio in France 1945-2012, PhD thesis in contemporary history by Marine Beccarelli (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Who is responsible? Shared responsibility for cultural heritage, a revisited property, PhD thesis in law by Marie-Sophie de Clippele (Université Saint-Louis, Brussels)
  • Music, cities and stages: Localization and production of authenticity in rap in France and the United States, PhD thesis in geography by Séverin Guillard (Université Paris Est)
  • Archives of architects in France, 1968-1998. Actors and historiographic issues around the French Institute of Architecture, PhD thesis in art history by Nina Mansion-Prud'homme (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)
  • Promises of Patagonia, Araucania and Tierra del Fuego. Strategy for the collection and elaboration of scientific knowledge in France concerning the Far South of the American continent (1878-1937), PhD thesis in art history and history by Paz NÚÑEZ-REGUEIRO (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires)
  • Artists but women. Education, career and reputation in contemporary art, PhD thesis in sociology by Mathilde Provansal (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Enclosed lives, open houses. The great French writer in his house-museum (1879-1937), PhD thesis in French literature by Marie-Clémence Régnier (Université Paris IV – Sorbonne)
  • Towards a new figure of copyright. The affirmation of a public cultural logic, PhD thesis in law by Émilie Terrier (University of Poitiers, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences)
  • The international condition of architects. The world in reference: representations, practices and courses, PhD thesis in sociology by Laura Rosenbaum (University of Bordeaux)
  • Digital wall art survey: definition of an innovative approach combining geometric, visual and semantic properties within a mixed reality environment, PhD thesis in Design and Engineering Sciences by Violette Abergel (National School of Arts and Crafts – HESAM University)
  • Comic book authors: the frustrated formation of a social group, PhD thesis in Sociology by Pierre Nocérino (EHESS)
  • The production of the city in context labeled. Matera, European capital of culture in 2019, PhD thesis in Architecture by Marina Rotolo (Université Paris Est)
  • Restore-project. The ways of Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, PhD thesis in Architecture by Bérénice Gaussuin (Paris Est - ENSA Paris-Malaquais).
  • Artistic Interpretation and Intellectual Property: An Essay on the Neighbourhood Theory of Exclusive Rights in Literary and Artistic Property, PhD thesis in Private Law by Olivier Salomon (University of Poitiers).
  • The International Festival of Francophonies in Limousin: a history of the French-speaking African theatre factory (1984-2018), PhD thesis in Theater Studies by Amélie Thérésine (University of Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle).

Examples of published theses:

  • Promises of Patagonia. French exploration in Southern America and the heritage of the «end of the world», Paz Nuñez-Regueiro, Rennes University Press (winner of the 2019 edition of the "Valois" thesis prize)
  • Towards a new figure of copyright. The affirmation of a public cultural logic, Émilie Terrier, Larcier Eds (winner of the 2019 edition of the "Valois" thesis prize)
  • Enclosed lives, hatched homes, Marie-Clémence Régnier, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, coll. "Interférences", 2023 (2019 winner of the "Valois" thesis prize)
  • Protecting cultural heritage: whose responsibility is it?, Marie-Sophie de Clippele, Presses de l'Université Saint-Louis, 2020 (2020 winner of the "Valois" thesis prize)

A question?

If you have any questions about the "Valois" thesis prize, please contact:

History Committee of the Ministry of Culture and Cultural Institutions
01 40 15 79 51
6 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris

Nominations for 2023 will open on April 03.