Founded on 1 January 2006, the Contemporary Anthropology Interdisciplinary Institute (IIAC) has five teams - EMC Lahic, LAIOS, LAUM and TRAM - under the joint supervision of the EHESS and CNRS. He sets out to The anthropology of contemporary societies, the latter being apprehended with reference not so much to their present existence as to their sharing of the same historical time.The IIAC, short for Institute interdisciplinaire danthropologie du contemporain, is a French social science research centre institutionally linked to the EHESS and to the CNRS. It is composed of four main research units the Edgar Morin Centre, the Laboratoire danthropologie et dhistoire de linstitution de la culture, the Laboratoire danthropologie des institutions et des organisations sociales, and Anthropologie de lécriture. The anthropology of the contemporary and the IIAC envisage the global phenomena related to globalization in their aspects related to the institution of culture, politics and complexity. Obviously, they cannot do without addressing them from a more general viewpoint of what can be identified by the label "environment" in its broadest sense, that is, the relations between societies, Individuals & their environments biological, natural or artificial. "Environment" and "milieu" are used here only as label or keywords: they reflect a somewhat archaic, too static, insufficiently dynamic, so to speak theatrical conception (actors in a middle setting, As immutable), while the notions of system, network. For a long time IIAC researchers have worked on rurality, relation to landscape and nature, conservation and management, heritage, through natural parks or landscape. The emergence of ecological problems was addressed very early on through the question of pollution and its political effects, in the context of surveys by immersion and participatory observation in planning or urbanization operations (Fos on the sea, La défense). Significant work has been developed in all teams, both theoretically (inter and transdisciplinarity, complexity, fundamental anthropology) and methodological (classical approaches to anthropology, "sociology of the present", event and crisis , Comparative qualitative and quantitative approaches.