University Paul-Valéry Montpellier


Montpellier is one of the oldest university towns in Europe: the former schools of Medicine, Law and Arts were founded in the 13th century. Today, it provides the second best environment to study in France (National 2013 ranking). The University Paul-Valéry Montpellier (UPVM), the University of Montpellier (UM) and the other higher education institutions of the city together count more than 70 000 students. UPVM has about 20 000 students in the humanities and social sciences, 700 of which are PhD students.

RIRRA21 specifically focuses on conversions of social discourses, modes of communication, and collective representations, be it in literature, press, music, theatre, film or the visual arts, across France Europe and francophone areas, from the French revolution to the present day. The laboratory is an international reference for its studies of the nineteenth century press.

From 2011 to 2015, RIRRA21 was running a project called medias19 ( to study the media culture of the 19th century, under the leadership of Marie-Eve Thérenty and Guillaume Pinson, funded by the ANR (French national agency for research). The project was renewed for 2015-2019, funded by the Canadian CRSH.

In NewsEye, UPVM will contribute to digital humanities applications and case studies, building up on its experience in the study of the historical press.

Team Biographies

Marie-Ève Thérenty

Marie-Ève Thérenty is Professor of French Literature and Director of the RIRRA 21 Research Centre of Montpellier 3 University. Her research interests bears on relationships between press and Literature, in literary and cultural history. She has written and edited a number of books on literary journalism, including Mosaïques: être écrivain entre presse et roman (Champion, 2004), La Littérature au quotidien: Poétiques journalistiques au XIXe siècle (Seuil, 2007). She has also co-edited La Civilisation du journal. Histoire culturelle et littéraire de la presse française au XIXe siècle (nouveau monde, 2012). Her next book  about women literary journalists since the 19th century is to be published by CNRS editions. 


Pierre-Carl Langlais

Pierre-Carl Langlais is an Numapress post-doctoral researcher (Montpellier-III) and CELSA researcher in Information and Communication Sciences (Paris-IV Sorbonne), specialising in the use of new methods of text-mining in the study of historic press organs and digital archives. His thesis dedicated to "distant reading" of early stock exchange news organs received the Young Researcher Prize of the French Society for Information and Communication Sciences. He is involved in several open knowledge projects. 


Nejma Omari

Nejma Omari is a PhD student working on collection of articles between press and literature at the University Paul Valery Montpellier III. She is currently preparing a doctoral thesis in literature and digital humanities under the supervision of Marie-Eve Therenty.