Vincent Battesti - | ☆ anthropoasis, by Vincent Battesti

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



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Note: this site is primarily in French. You can find, in this English section, articles originally written in English & translations from French to English of some parts of the website. If you are confortable with French, enjoy the French part;-)


Postdoctoral contract offer: Ecological knowledge and know-how of communities in al-‘Ulā oasis region, Saudi Arabia

Effective date: April 1st, 2022.
Application deadline: March 24th, 2022
Date passed, but if interested, contact me.


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Oasis palm groves, ecosystems designed by humans

New - Chap. (in French: — in La Terre, le vivant, les humains, Petites et grandes découvertes de l’histoire naturelle edited by Jean-Denis Vigne & Bruno David.


Fieldwork at Novespace | Weightlessness Flight

March 2022: fieldwork for an Extraterrestrial Anthropology with the CNES Space Observatory


On the field for al-‘Ulā-AS: Dr. Joëlle Brochier-Puig

March 2022
Social geography of water and irrigation in al-‘Ulā


The oasis model across the Sahara and the Near East

Lecture (in French) given for the UTL conferences, Université du temps-libre, of Marennes-Oléron, January 31th 2022, Saint-Pierre d’Oléron, île d’Oléron (France).


Urban Anthropology: The MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa)

Chap. with Nicolas Puig (2021) for The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology


Cultivate your anthropology in the field of an enhanced ethnoecology

HDR | Habilitation à diriger des recherches - Paris, 2021.


A Timelapse Landsat of al-‘Ulā 1985-2020

The changes in exploiting the environment in the region of al-‘Ulā, KSA


Thinking oasis history from the present: date palm agrobiodiversity and Saharan insularities

Lecture (in French) given for the research seminar “Saharan worlds: sources, spaces, societies (8th-19th century)”, February 12th 2021, IISMM, EHESS, Paris (France).


Is Barnī, a date palm cultivated in the oasis of al-‘Ulā, a true-to-type cultivar or an ethnovariety? Arguments from ethnographic and genetic data

Report: — New


Ethnographies Sounded on What? Methodologies, Sounds, and Experiences in Cairo

New - Chapter (in English): — published in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sonic Methodologies edited by Michael Bull and Marcel Cobussen.


Cosmic Utopia | Pronaos

Experiment in progress.


Oases, networks nodes

Chap. (in French) for the exhibition catalogue S. Caratini, C. Grémont, C. Lesourd & O. Schinz (dirs), Sahara, mondes connectés, Paris, Marseille, Gallimard / Musée des arts africains, océaniens, amérindiens, 2019.


E.T. Anthropology: Research residence in zero-gravity at the CNES Space Observatory

For an extraterrestrial anthropology: sensorialities and cosmos.
On board the Airbus A310 Zero-G.


Wādī Abū Ṣubeīra, Feb. 2015, Field Note Summary, Social Anthropology | Wādī Abū Ṣubeīra, fév. 2015, Synthèse de notes de terrain, Anthropologie sociale

Report: — New



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Most recent articles

Oasis palm groves, ecosystems designed by humans

Friday 30 September 2022

Project participants to al-Ula DPA Project

Sunday 17 July 2022

What lies behind a fruit crop variety name? A case study of the barnī date palm from al-‘Ulā oasis, Saudi Arabia

Tuesday 24 May 2022

What lies behind a fruit crop variety name? A case study of the barnī date palm from al-‘Ulā oasis, Saudi Arabia

Tuesday 24 May 2022

Project participants to al-Ula AS Project

Monday 23 May 2022
Anthropological survey of al-‘Ulā community and its oasis system

Fieldwork at Novespace | Weightlessness Flight

Sunday 20 March 2022

On the field for al-‘Ulā-AS: Dr. Joëlle Brochier-Puig

Sunday 13 March 2022

Latest news items

Job offer: 18 months Postdoc on the oasis of al-‘Ulā (Saudi Arabia) | Anthropologist society/environment + Arabic speaker

Wednesday 23 March 2022

“Mics in the Ears” final! published in The Senses and Society: after years of collaboration with Nicolas Puig, the results.

Saturday 18 July 2020
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