Institut des Textes and Manuscrits Modernes (CNRS / École normale supérieure), Paris

The CNRS is the largest research institution in Europe with more than 34,000 tenured employees and an annual budget of around 3,4 billion Euros. The Institut des Textes and Manuscrits Modernes (ITEM) is a joint research unit of the CNRS and the École normale superieure (ENS), Paris. Since the 1970s, it has specialized in modern literary manuscript studies and developed a successful critical method (genetic criticism) supported by an international journal (Genesis) and numerous publications and colloquia. ITEM is the main center (in Europe and throughout the world) for the study of genetic criticism. 12 researchers and 15 research and administrative assistants work full time on genetic projects, with the help of 69 academic associates from different universities and 11 associated curators from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Its documentation center houses the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of critical works devoted to genetic criticism as well as many facsimiles (photographic or digital) from manuscript archives throughout the world.

Role in AGORA project:



  • Paolo D’Iorio is Research Professor in philosophy at the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes (CNRS-École normale supérieure) since 1998. From 2001 to 2006 he has been director of the HyperNietzsche project at the University of Munich as Sofja Kovaleswkaja prize-winner of the Humboldt Foundation. He has directed several national and European research projects whose common goal has been to establish a reliable, efficient and sustainable infrastructure for humanities scholarship on the Internet, among which are: the Groupement de Recherche Européen (GDREplus) “Hyper-Learning. Modèles ouverts de recherche et d’enseignement sur le Web”, the COST Action A32, “Open Scholarly Communities on the Web”, and the eContentplus Discovery project. His publication list comprises 77 items: 16 books (monographs, text editions, collective works) and 53 articles and 5 reviews published in 7 languages. He has organized 35 international conferences and seminars and has given 107 conference presentations and public lectures in 11 countries, in English, French, German, and Italian. In the Agora project Paolo D’Iorio is General Editor of Nietzsche Source and WP5 leader in charge of the scholarly and semantic linking experiments.
  • Nathalie Ferrand is Senior Research Fellow in French literature at Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes (CNRS-École normale supérieure) since 1998. Her main research interests lie in the 18th-century French and European literature, especially Rousseau; poetics of the novel; illustrated books and book history; manuscripts and genetic criticism. She recently edited a special issue of Genesis. Revue internationale de critique génétique dedicated to 18th-century manuscripts. She is the scientific director of the Rousseau Source project, an online publication of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s manuscripts.
  • Other persons who participate in the project: Francisco Arenas-Dolz; Thomas Bartscherer; Giuseppe Berardi; Maria Cristina Fornari; Luca Lupo; Armin Schwehr; Yannick Souladié; Benedetta Zavatta.