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The Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH) is part of a network of research centers of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs (MEEA). It is a pluri-disciplinary research center that covers all disciplines of social sciences and humanities. In particular, the research conducted at CSH concerns economics, law, political sciences, international relations, geography, demography, sociology and anthropology, with a special emphasis on India and South Asia. The institution traces its origins to 1980 when the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan moved from Kabul to Delhi, following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The CSH itself was officially created in 1990. It initially conducted research on history and Indo-Persian culture. In 1995, the CSH became a center specializing in the study of contemporary dynamics of development in India and South Asia.