IMAGO, European cultures through images

, updated on
17 July 2021
Honoré Daumier, Les amateurs d'estampes. Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Tony Querrec. 

IMAGO is a Jean Monnet Excellence Center, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and the ENS-PSL during three years, from 2019 to 2022. It aims at better understanding images’ circulation with the help of new digital methodologies and cartographies, in order to write a new kind of visual history of globalization within and out of Europe.

IMAGO analyzes how European cultures have met through the international circulation of images.

Honoré Daumier, Les amateurs d'estampes. Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Tony Querrec. 

IMAGO’s objective is to broadcast these new narratives towards publics with teaching and online visualization. The center hosts a collaboration between historians, art historians, cognitivists, computer vision specialists and contemporary artists. IMAGO thus studies, teaches, and exhibits to broader publics to what extent images have been the crucible of European cultural homogenization, or reveal particular cultural and political differences.

Alexandre Antigna, Marchand d’images, musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux

The results will also be discussed with artists at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, as far as contemporary artists are invited to question our methodologies, our historical results, our narratives, as well as our pedagogy. 


  • Founder and Director of Imago: Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, Full Professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland (Faculté de Lettres - School of Humanities), chair for Digital Humanities.
  • Codirector: Léa Saint-Raymond
  • Nicolas Baumard (ENS, DEC)
  • Charlotte Guichard (ENS-PSL / IHMC)
  • Grégory Chatonsky
  • Marie José Burki (Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris)


ENS-PSL (département Arts) et Unige


Léa Saint-Raymond (dir.), Images in Circulation, Artl@s Bulletin, Volume 10, Issue 1 (2021)

Seminars, conferences


PSL Intensive Week « Digital Humanities Meet Artificial Intelligence », March 29-April 2, 2021.