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Institut des Amériques

The Institut des Amériques-UT Austin Center promotes the development of scholarly activities, facilitates joint research and exchange between European and American specialists and serves as a gateway to France and Europe.

At a Glance


Research between the Americas and France

Program Features:

Interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities


The Institut des Amériques (IdA)


Gabriel Daveau
Inaugural IdA-UT Fellow

What is the Institut des Amériques?

The Institut des Amériques (IdA) is a French institution that promotes research of the Americas. The IdA values comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the humanities and social sciences. 

The Institute, headquartered in Paris, France, maintains a robust network of interdisciplinary researchers and universities throughout France and the Americas.

IdA at UT Austin

To foster international cooperation, the IdA has established 12 hubs in institutions of higher education or research in the Americas. In 2019-2020 the University of Texas at Austin became the newest center to join this prestigious group.

The IdA - UT Center promotes the development of scholarly activities with the aim to:

  • Disseminate research between the Americas and France, with an emphasis on transdisciplinary and trans-American projects.
  • Encourage exchange between European and American specialists, enriching academic knowledge on the Americas.
  • Serve as a gateway to France and Europe, participating in the construction of a Euro-American hub of higher education and research.

Program Coordination

The coordinator for the IdA – UT Center is a visiting doctoral student from France and facilitates the IdA - UT partnership through academic events and programming. Meet the current coordinator:

Gabriel Daveau, the inaugural IdA - UT fellow, is a Ph.D. student at the Université de Lille, focusing on nineteenth-century literature of the Southern United States. His dissertation is tentatively titled “Sectional and National: William Gilmore Simms’s short stories and the American literary canon.” He holds a visiting researcher position in the Department of English.