Université Paris-8 was created in 1969, following the May 1968 events in France. Among its most renowned scholars were Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault. The university now welcomes 25,000 students, mostly in humanities, arts and law.
Alain Quemin is an exceptional class professor of sociology of art at université Paris-8 / Institut d’Etudes Européennes and a honorary member of Institut Universitaire de France. He holds a PhD from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and an « habilitation à diriger des recherches » from université Paris-3 Sorbonne nouvelle. He is an alumnus of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He is a past president of the sociology of art research committee of the International Sociological Association and a past vice-president of the sociology of art research group of the European Sociological Association. Alain Quemin was an invited professor in numerous universites worldwide (UCLA, Columbia university and the New School for Social Research in the USA, université de Montréal in Canada, Universität Zürich in Switzerland, Bologna university in Italy, universitat de Barcelona in Spain, Unicamp in Brazil, Moscow university in Russia…). He also is a Fulbright alumnus. Alain Quemin specializes in the sociology of art markets and institutions. He also studies visitors’ surveys, the internationalization of the visual arts and the social construction of artistic reputations and consecration for visual artists.
Clara Lévy is a professor of sociology of art at the University Paris 8 / Institut d’Études Européennes and researcher at Cresppa-LabToP. She holds a PhD from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and an « habilitation à diriger des recherches » from université Paris 8. She is an alumni of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and she is graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Clara Lévy specializes in sociology of art and culture, and more specifically in sociology of literature and reading. Her first book was Écritures de l’identité. Les écrivains juifs après la Shoah, PUF, 1998. One of her most recebt books is Le roman d’une vie. Les livres de chevet et leurs lecteurs, Hermann, 2015. She is currently involved in a research on the writer P. Modiano and the conditions of possibility to get the Nobel prize.