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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Participation in the live radio broadcast “Culture Monde” on France Culture, Feb. 16th 2017, Maison de la Radio (Paris, France)
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)
New: just published.
Art. (in English) with Nicolas Puig
in The Senses & Society, 2016
n° Contemporary French Sensory Anthropology.
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)
Anthropology of sensory perceptions: to learn
Organizer of the seminar/talks of research 2016: To learn
“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)
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 (...)
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)
Art. (in English) published in Revue d’ethnoécologie journal (2015), vol. 7
with Marie Roué, Nicolas Césard, and Romain Simenel
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 (...)
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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?
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.
Art. (in French) in Études rurales in 2013.
Tarik Dahou, Mohamed Elloumi & François Molle (eds.), EHESS.
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)?
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.
Chapter (in English) published in B. R. Johnston & all. (eds.), Water, Cultural Diversity & Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?, UNESCO/Springer, 2012.
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)
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