Vincent Battesti - ☆ anthropoasis, by Vincent Battesti

CNRS - Musée de l’Homme, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris - Columbia University, NYC
Ecological Anthropology of oases and Castagniccia (Corsica)
Urban Anthropology of public spaces and gardens in Cairo (Egypt)
North Africa, Middle East and Mediterranean area
Oasis: Sahara (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco) and Middle-East (Egypt, Yemen)



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Note: this site is primarly in French. You can find, in this English section, some articles originally written in English & translations in English of French parts of the web site.
If you are confortable with French, go to the French part.


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From waterfalls to snowy forests, Egyptian posters show what exotic looks like from the desert

New: Just published.
Art. (in English)
in The Conversation, Global edition 2017


Corps sonores (4/4) : Acoustiques urbaines : les sons de la société

Participation in the live radio broadcast “Culture Monde” on France Culture, Feb. 16th 2017, Maison de la Radio (Paris, France)


Sounds from Egypt - with RFI

Montages of field recording sounds from Cairo, with RFI “Écouter le monde”


To shunt the sound and fury: ambiances in the palm groves gardens of Siwa Oasis (Egypt)

Lecture given (in French) in the International Conference: “Quelles ambiances urbaines dans les oasis du sud de la Méditerranée?” (Programme Zerka), October 17th & 18th, 2016, Sidi Bou Saïd (Tunisia)


“The sound of society”: a method for investigating sound perception in Cairo

New: just published.
Art. (in English) with Nicolas Puig
in The Senses & Society, 2016
Contemporary French Sensory Anthropology.


Les métiers du Muséum: Ethnoécologue

The Muséum’s jobs: Ethnoecologist
Lecture (in French) given for the meetings “Les métiers du Muséum” at the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, June 26th 2016, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Paris (France)


Video/Film Deposits on Canal-U

Canal-U is the French official academic Digital Video Library.


Seminar/ talks of research 2016 Anthropologie des perceptions sensorielles: Apprendre

Anthropology of sensory perceptions: to learn
Organizer of the seminar/talks of research 2016: To learn


“Ça, c’est le son de la société”. Enquêter sur les perceptions sonores au Caire

“That, it’s the sound of the society”: To investigate on the sound perceptions in Cairo
Lecture (in French) given in the seminar 2015-2016 “Musmond”: Ethnographier le sensible, restituer l’expérience at the EHESS (bd Raspail), Jan. 19th 2016, 10:00 am-12:30 pm, Paris (France)


Research seminar 2016-2018 Anthropologie des perceptions sensorielles

Anthropology of sensory perceptions
Organizer of the research seminar 2016, 2017, and 2018


Opening of the new Musée de l’Homme, in Paris

My laboratory (UMR 7206 Éco-anthropologie) moved between late 2014 and early 2015 from the Jardin des Plantes (Botanical Garden) to the Musée de l’Homme (Museum of Man), both sites are parts of the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (National Museum of Natural History). Since then, work work has continued on the lower floors to build or rebuild the exhibition part of the Musée de l’Homme.
The new Musée de l’Homme is inaugurated on November 15, 2015 in Paris.
Closed for a long time, the Musée de (...)


In the Ears of a Cairo Resident

from October 2015 to January 2016 at the Musée de l’Homme, Paris (France)


BioDivMex Prospective Workshop/ Atelier de prospective BioDivMex

Conf. (in French & English), participation to the BioDivMex Prospective Workshop at the Observatoire de Haute Provence (OHP), from Sept. 29th to Oct. 2nd, 2015, Saint Michel l’Observatoire (04870) (France)


Ethnoecology of pollination and pollinators: Knowledge and practice in three societies

Art. (in English) published in Revue d’ethnoécologie journal (2015), vol. 7
with Marie Roué, Nicolas Césard, and Romain Simenel


Resources and Appropriations: Back to the Jerid Oases (Tunisia) after the Revolution

Art. (in English) translated from an art. published in French in Études rurales (2013)


Material Culture in Siwa Oasis

I read in the Encylcopædia universalis, at the entry word “Archéologie du temps présent” (Archaeology of the Present Time) written by Jean-Paul Demoule:
“Les archéologues se sont aussi intéressés aux sociétés contemporaines traditionnelles, celles qu’étudient normalement les ethnologues. Mais ceux-ci se concentrent normalement sur des matériaux”nobles“, essentiellement les systèmes de parenté, les mythes, les cérémonies religieuses, etc. Les objets matériels ne sont que fort sommairement étudiés. C’est (...)


First pictures from a new fieldwork with the ‘Abābda, South Egypt

The ‘Abābda (العبابدة) call themselves originally descendants of Arab tribes, this group of nomads show strong connections with the overarching Beja culture in Egypt, Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia. 20150212154351-vbat.jpg 20150212152319-vbat.jpg 20150210152642-vbat.jpg 20150212155410-vbat.jpg 20150226143544-vbat.jpg 20150215085631-vbat.jpg (...)


The possibilities of an island: Oasian insularities in the Sahara

Chap. (in French) for the book T. Sauzeau & G. Tallet (eds.), Sea and Desert from Antiquity to the Modern Era, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2017?


Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, New York

Position of Visiting Scholar for two semesters at Columbia University, with the Department of Anthropology, one of the very first department dedicated to Anthropology in the USA, founded by Franz Boas on the eve of the 20th Century.


Plant Cosmopolitism and Social Extraterritoriality: a Modern History of Ornamental Gardens in Egypt

Text (in French) in progress (to be finalized).


Resources and appropriations: Return, after the revolution, to the oases of Jerid (Tunisia)

Art. (in French) in Études rurales in 2013.
Tarik Dahou, Mohamed Elloumi & François Molle (eds.), EHESS.


The Date Palm: Origin and Cultivation in the Middle East and in Egypt

Journal issue (in English and French) edited with Margareta Tengberg, and Claire Newton, Revue d’ethnoécologie, “The Date Palm: Origin and Cultivation in the Middle East and in Egypt/Le Palmier dattier: Origine et culture en Égypte et au Moyen-Orient”, vol. 4, 2013.


The agrobiodiversity of the Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) in Siwa Oasis (Egypt): between what is said, written, and forgotten

Art. (in French) in Revue d’ethnoécologie - vol. 4, “The Date Palm : Origin and Cultivation in the Middle East and in Egypt”


The date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) in Siwa oasis (Egypt): How ethnographic, morphometric, and genetic analyses together explain the local agrobiodiversity

Art. (in English): — submitted to the journal —
Vincent Battesti, Muriel Gros-Balthazard, Clémence Ogéron, Sarah Ivorra, Jean-Frédéric Terral, Claire Newton to submit to Human Ecology journal (2017)?


The Saharan Oasis under the Challenge of its Landscape, The Jerid as an Example

Chapter (in English) published in Virginie Lefebvre, with Aziza Chaouni (eds.), Desert Tourism: tracing the fragile edges of development, Cambridge (MA), Harvard University Press, 2012.

Certainly, oasian landscapes are “built nature”, but we maybe have to find out now by whom they were built… The oasis: a place to work or a place to stroll? The usual local definition of the garden manages a place for leisure and work unlike European tourists who underestimate the anthropic quality of a palm grove. An ethnoecology of the oasis landscape deals with the cross-actions of practices and narratives of various actors of this specific desert space.


The Power of a Disappearance: Water in the Jerid region of Tunisia

Chapter (in English) published in B. R. Johnston & all. (eds.), Water, Cultural Diversity & Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?, UNESCO/Springer, 2012.


L’Égypte au présent, Inventaire d’une société avant révolution

Today’s Egypt: Inventory of a society prior to revolution
In bookstores since May 4th, 2011
Paris, Sindbad-Actes Sud (coll. La Bibliothèque arabe), 1200 pages (40 contributors)
ISBN: 978-2-7427-9780-6

The “people’s revolution” in Egypt - Thawrat al-Sha’b - erupted Jan. 25, 2011 while our editor was laying out this work. The inventory of the Egyptian society that this book is offering therefore is published timely when Egypt lives a turning point in its history. Many connoisseurs of this country envisioned that large movements of political and social challenges can happen and lead to profound changes, however, no one would venture to forecast the timing, modalities and scope. Number of chapters in this book shed light on socio-economic and political issues that became intolerable in the eyes of many Egyptians, and shed light also on various social groups that became leading forces of this movement. This Égypte au présent (Egypt of today) gives a “full-size” image of the multiplicity and extent of the problems, that will have to face as challenges, the democratic system which, hopefully, will be the outcome of the process.

… that could be translated as:
Today’s Egypt: Inventory of a society prior to revolution



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Most recent articles

From waterfalls to snowy forests, Egyptian posters show what exotic looks like from the desert

Friday 24 March 2017
Art. (in English) in The Conversation (2017)

Collection of fantasy landscapes posters

Thursday 16 March 2017

Corps sonores (4/4) : Acoustiques urbaines : les sons de la société

Thursday 16 February 2017
Radio broadcast Feb. 2017

Urban Ambiances — صوت القاهرة

Saturday 24 December 2016
The voice/the sound of Cairo

Overview of the lab.

Friday 18 November 2016

Course « Anthropology of Sensory Perceptions » [2015-2018]

Friday 18 November 2016

Sounds from Egypt - with RFI

Saturday 22 October 2016

Latest news items

A 4th and final version: art. on the intraspecific agrobiodiversity of the date palm in Siwa Oasis (Egypt)

Tuesday 25 February 2014

A version #2 of the book “Jardins au désert” in open archives

Thursday 1 September 2011

Jardins au désert, Évolution des pratiques et savoirs oasiens, Jérid tunisien, Paris, Éditions IRD, coll. À travers champs, 2005, 440 p.
ISBN-13 9782709915649

In the version #2: reintegration of illustrations in the pdf document with higher resolution graphics (illustrations of the book are finally really visible in this version).


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Collection of fantasy landscapes posters

Collection of fantasy landscapes posters
Sunday 26 March 2017

Collection of fantasy landscapes posters

Collection of fantasy landscapes posters
Sunday 26 March 2017

Collection of fantasy landscapes posters

Collection of fantasy landscapes posters
Friday 24 March 2017
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