Jean-Marc Besse is senior researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He was trained in philosophy (agrégation) and history (Ph. D.) at the university of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is the director of the EHGO/UMR Géographie-cités team (CNRS/Paris I/Paris VII). The main orientation of his research is an epistemological and historical investigation of modern and contemporary geography, space and landscape. Among his current projects: a study on the birth and diffusion of the atlas as a form of representation of geographical knowledge in early modern Europe, and an investigation of geography as a heuristic resource in the field of the history of science. He is president of the “history” committee in the Comité Français de Cartographie.
Recent publications: Le goût du monde. Exercices de paysage, Actes Sud/ENSP, Arles, 2009; J.-M. Besse, M.-D. Couzinet, F. Lestringant (dirs.), Les méditations cosmographiques à la Renaissance, Presses universitaires Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, 2009; J.-M. Besse, H. Blais, I. Surun (dirs.), Naissances de la géographie moderne (1760-1860). Lieux, pratiques et formation des savoirs de l’espace en France, ENS éditions, Lyon, 2010.