Founded in 1967 by Éric de Dampierre, the Laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative (LESC), or the Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology, is one of the research units housed in the Maison Archéologie & Ethnologie at the University of Paris, Nanterre (LESC, UMR 7186, CNRS/université Paris Nanterre). It is associated with the university's Departement of Anthropology and is equipped with variety of library resources. The LESC is broad in scope; its anthropological research encompasses a variety of different subfields, methodological and theoretical orientations, and regions. During the 2000s, the lab merged with the centre for Teaching and Research in Amerindian Ethnology (EREA), as well as the Centre for Research in Ethnomusicology (CREM). Thanks to these partnerships, the LESC benefits from the skills and contributions of researchers specialised in musical knowledge and the various indigenous populations of South America.