Conference Sites

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The conference will take place in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, which has been described as the “new Latin quarter” because it is now home to a number of important educational and research institutions. In addition to the BnF and BULAC (our two host institutions), the neighborhood includes INALCO (the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations), Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7, the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Val de Seine, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH).

Most of the conference, including the plenary sessions, many of the panels, lunches, and one of the receptions, will take place at the BnF’s François Mitterrand library.  Some panel sessions will be held at BULAC, a twelve-minute walk away.chemin BNF bulac

How to get to the BnF

Address : Quai François-Mauriac, 75706 Paris Cedex 13

Subway: station Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, line 14, RER C.

Bus: Lines 62, 64, 89, 132, 325 (stops Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, Emile Durkheim, Bibliothèque-Chevaleret).

Access through the East entrance facing 25, rue Emile Durkheim (climbing the stairs) or via the avenue de France (on the same level as the esplanade), near the entrance of the MK2-Bibliothèque cinema, 75013 Paris. 

For a floorplan of the BnF showing the different conference rooms, see here. For access to the “Espace pédagogique” see this diagram.

Please note

1) The wooden promenade can be slippery when wet; please stay on the anti-slip walkways.

2) For security reasons:

Please bring valid proof of identity to enter the library.

Access via the West entrance is not permitted.

For security purposes, oversized suitcases and bags are no longer accepted on any of the BnF’s sites. Only cabin-sized bags (55cm × 35cm × 25cm) are allowed on BnF premises.

Free Lockers are available in the Hall Ouest.

The cloakroom in the Hall Est is open Mondays 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. and other days 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Please note that Quai de la Gare subway station on line 6 is closed for improvement works June 13-August 28, 2016.

quai de la gare

How to get to BULAC

Address : 65, rue des Grands Moulins – 75013 Paris

Subway : Station Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, line 14, RER C

Bus : Lines 62, 64, 89, 132, 325, N131 (stops Bibliothèque rue Mann, Porte de France, Bibliothèque-Chevaleret, Thomas Mann).

Tramway : T3, station Avenue de France.

Please note that for security reasons bags are checked at the entrance, which might cause slight delays.

BULAC floorplan : see the signs on site.

How to get to the reception sites

Galerie Colbert (Reception 19 July)

Address : Galerie Colbert / INHA (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art), 2 rue Vivienne

Subway : Station Pyramides, Line 14 ; Station Bourse, Line 3

Bus : Line 29 (Stops Bibliothèque nationale, Mairie du 2ème, Victoires); Line 39 (Sainte-Anne-Petits-Champs)

The dinner cruise on board the Capitaine Fracasse (Wednesday 20 July)

Address: Île aux Cygnes, Pont Bir-Hakeim, 75015 Paris

From the BnF and BULAC: metro Bibliothèque François Mitterrand line 14 (direction St Lazare) to Bercy, then change for line 6 (direction Charles de Gaulle-Etoile) to metro Bir-Hakeim, then a brief walk to Bir-Hakeim bridge

Subway: Station Bir Hakeim, Line 6

Bus line 72: Pont de Bir Hakeim

GPS coordinates : 48.855233,2.287314

Walk to the Bir-Hakeim bridge located in front of Bir-Hakeim subway station, then head for the middle of the bridge on the left sidewalk and take the stairs down to the Île aux Cygnes.