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Oasian natures in North Africa

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Vincent Battesti

 This set of themes of the relation of populations to their environment, the construction of oasian nature(s), was central in my work before even my doctorate.

Djanet (Algérie) - avril 1993 - un Touareg nigérien venu travailler comme journalier dans les jardins de Djanet.

 The first steps of this work were DEA’s main thesis written in 1993 after a first fieldwork in Djanet in the Tassili n’Ajjer in Algeria (Tuaregs kel Ajjer):
Approche ethnobotanique d’une oasis saharienne: Djanet (Algérie), (directed by Pr. R. Pujol - Laboratoire Ethnobiologie-biogéographie, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle).

 My doctorate took partially place while I held a position of researcher (1994-1996) for a French-Tunisian project of development (between the French development center Cirad and the National Institute for Agronomic Research of Tunisia (Inrat): the project for the Oasis agriculture development in the Jerid (Tozeur, Tunisia).
This was the opportunity for the publication of a big report, diagnosis of the Jerid oasis agriculture: Oases of Jérid: permanent revolutions?

 My thesis of doctorate in social anthropology (1993-1998) related mainly to the oases of Jérid to Tunisia (South-West), but also of Djanet in Algeria (South-East) and Zagora of the valley of Draa in Morocco (South).
The equivocal relations, Circumspect approaches for a socio-ecology of Saharan oases

 This thesis has been published (in a very reshaped version) in French under the title: Gardens to the desert, Evolution of Oasian practices and knowledges, Jerid, Tunisia.

See also the following articles on this set of themes:

 The sense of the places, Spaces and pratices in the palm groves of the Jerid (Southwest Tunisia)

 The equivocal relations and the oases

 The temporal scales in the Jerid oases (Tunisia)

 The oases of Jerid, natural and ideal resources

 The Power of Disappearance, Water and the Jerid in Tunisia

 Smell Sui Generis: Subterfuge in the Domestication of the Date Palm (Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria)

See also the following conferences on this set of themes (sometimes redundant conferences with the articles):

 The conception of the labour and the appreciation of the landscape in the Saharan oases

 The oases’ natures of Jerid (Tunisia), some resources also conceptual

 The Power of Disappearance, Water and Jerid in Tunisia

 The oasis gardens: Natures in construction

 The inventions of the Arabic-Muslim gardening natures

 Subterfuge in the Domestication of the Date Palm (Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria)

Tozeur (Tunisie) - 1995 - le côté du souk, où les jardiniers viennent vendre eux-mêmes quelques bottes de fourrage.
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