Communication, Culture & Languages

The Department of Communication, Culture and Languages brings together professors from a variety of disciplines: information and communication sciences, management sciences, sociology, history, foreign languages, cultural studies, design, political science.

Audencia is the only business school in France to host researchers in Information and Communication Sciences (71st CNU section).

Between experimentation and an interdisciplinary approach

International, intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches are central to the team, supported by long-term collaborations with Pr. Nicolas Bencherki (Montréal, CAN) and Prof. Cynthia Stohl (UCSB, USA). The scholarly and pedagogical programs associated with the department contribute to the development of research and professional practice around communication, media, and cultural processes. Our diverse approaches are complementary, allowing us to produce a fine-grained analysis of the interactions between actors. We try to grasp the multiple mediations at work in project situations: educational projects, action research, support for organizations and communication, media or cultural services.

We claim an interest in action research (intervention research, design research, etc.), project-based teaching, dialogues between the arts and sciences and management, and alternative research and teaching practices that position the department between experimental practices and epistemological questioning.

We work mainly at the Mediacampus, in the heart of the Quartier de la création on the Ile de Nantes: this location places us in a teeming ecosystem of digital, innovation and cultural entrepreneurship players. 

The lobby of the Nantes Mediacampus

Audencia benefits from the expertise and experimentation carried out by members of the department, especially as part of the ECOS2025 strategic plan. Through our research and teaching, we contribute to the education of global citizens and humanistic leaders. Our students and partners will be able to act in the direction of the great challenges of today's transition from approaches in communication and culture: a concern for the other, a concern for relationships, a concern for the heritage and works that underpin the common good.

With a logic of publications, funded projects and seminars, we are invested in each of the challenges structuring the strategic plan:

  • Responsible information: our research and teaching focus on the media ecosystem, journalistic practices, the circulation of content, and modes of engagement and participation in political life.
  • Inclusive management: we work on issues of diversity, representation, organizational communication modes, implicit marketing.
  • Models of sustainability: our research and teaching activities focus on working practices in the cultural industries, the business models of digital platforms, and the ethical design of mediation devices.

Research Seminar

Professor speaking at a microphone in the amphitheatre

Each group presents the progress of its work at several seminars throughout the year, with interventions by members or external guests. Once a semester, the department organizes a session of the seminar "Visualizing the research process": mornings are dedicated to research practice workshops, and afternoons to the presentation of work related to the epistemological reflections of the morning. The department has had the pleasure of welcoming researchers such as Yves Jeanneret, Shelley Bouliane, François Cooren, Jonathan Schroeder, Janet Borgerson, Joëlle le Marec, Julia Bonaccorsi, Marc Jahjah, Chris Bilton, etc.