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Dr. Jean-Baptiste Pettier

Short Biography

Education

2015: PhD in social anthropology and ethnology of the EHESS Paris (École des Hautes
Études en Sciences Sociales, France), with a ‘european label’ and highest honors.

PhD dissertation title: "The Sentimental Wars. A Moral Anthropology of China’s Urban Marriage Market in the years 2000s"

MA grades

2008: MA in political sciences, compared Asian policies, at Sciences Po Paris, with high honors; Title of my MA thesis: "Local political power and the supervision of private lives in contemporary China. The case of the one-child policy in Sichuan province".

2007: MA in anthropology, at the EHESS Paris, with highest honors; Title of my MA thesis: "Building one's life. Personal careers, love relationships, and sexual issues amongst groups of students and workers in Beijing".

BA grades

2009: BA in Chinese language and civilization, from Langues'O (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris).

2005: BA in Political Sciences, from Université Lyon2, with honors.

2005: BA in Sociology and Anthropology, from Université Lyon2, with honors.

Academic Work Experience

02/2015-present: Postdoc Research Fellow (full time position) at the Institut für Ethnologie of the Universität zu Köln.

01/2014-01/2015: Research Fellow and Junior Scientific Coordinator (75% position) at the Political Sciences Department of Goethe Universität Frankfurt, within the Interdisziplinären Zentrum für Ostasienstudien, for the interdisciplinary research program "Protecting the Weak".

09/2012-08/2014: Teaching and Research Fellow in Political Sciences (ATER, part-time) at the Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC), in the department of International Exchange and Administration.

02/2011 to 06/2011: Temporary teaching fellow in charge of a   one-semester course on Anthropology of Eastern Asia (China, Korea, Japan) for undergraduate students at Université Paris 8.

10/2007 to 9/2010: PhD contract from the French National Ministry for Higher Education and Research.

Thematic Focus and Regional Interests

Large interdisciplinary background in the social sciences and a specialization in Chinese society, my main research thematics concern emotions, affect, sentiments, and morality, in relation with marriage, politics, social organization, and inter-species relationships.

Fieldwork

2015: 1 month fieldwork in Madagascar

2014: 1 month fieldwork in Chengdu, Beijing, and Taishan (China)

2009-2010: 13 months fieldwork in Chengdu and Beijing (China)

2008: 6 months fieldwork in Chengdu and Beijing (China)

2007: 6 months fieldwork in Beijing (China)

2006: 2 months fieldwork in Beijing (China)

Publications

Peer-reviewed journals

[Peer-reviewed, accepted in Nov. 2014, to be published in early 2016]: "The Affective Scope: Entering China’s Urban Moral and Economic World through Its Emotional Disturbances", Anthropology of Consciousness.

2010, "Politics of love and sex in the China of the 'sexual revolution'" (published in French), in Genre, Sexualité et Société [On line], n°3 "Révolution / Libération" | Spring 2010.

Book chapters

Planned for 2016 (Accepted for publication, under last correction round), "'La Chine connaît-elle l'amour ?'" ["Does China know Love ?"], in a collective volume to be published about Love matters throughout Asia (in French)

Planned for 2016 (Accepted for publication, under last correction round), "Animal Protection in China and Japan", co-authored with Kazushige Doi, as part of the forthcoming volume "Protecting the Weak"

Books

[in preparation, planned for 2017] co-edition of a collective volume focusing on the Political Economies of Sentiments [in French], with Manuela Salcedo (EHESS), and Dr. Michela Villani (post-doc fellow Universität Freiburg). With the support of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord.


Book reviews

"MOORE Henrietta, Still life: Hopes, Desires, and Satisfactions", Genre, sexualité & société [On line], 8 | Autumn2012. (in French).

Reports

2010, "Homosexual practices in China during the one-child policy. The construction of homosexual intimate life in urban contemporary China" (in French), summary analysis for France Embassy in China.

Teaching Experience

2015-2016: University of Cologne
"The Anthropology of Love - Comparative Perspectives" (semester seminar, taught in English)

2013-2014: Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC):
"Sociology of China - An introduction to Chinese society through Social Sciences lenses" (semester seminar, taught in English).
"The Sociology of Organizations" (semester seminar, in French).
"The Psychosociology of Organizations" (semester seminar, in French).

2012-2013: Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC) :
"The body, between nature and culture, an introduction to sociology" (semester seminar, in French).
"The Sociology of Organizations" (semester seminar, in French).

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) :
"Sociology & Affect", taught with Dr Sébastien Roux (CNRS) and Manuela Salcedo (semester seminar, in French).
2010-2011: Université Paris 8:
"Anthropology of Eastern Asia – China, Korea, Japan" (semester seminar, in French).

Research Activities

Workshop Organization and animation

2013-2014: Creation and co-animation of the monthly seminar "Une 'crise morale' en République Populaire de Chine? Regards anthropologiques sur les débats et tensions de la Chine contemporaine" (A "moral crisis" in China? Anthropological gazes on the debates and tensions of Today's China) at the EHESS, with Dr. Elisa Cencetti (post-doc fellow Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin).

2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014: Creation and co-animation of the monthly seminar "Les économies politiques des sentiments" (The Political Economies of Sentiments) at the EHESS, with Manuela Salcedo, Dr. Mathieu Trachman (INED), and Dr. Michela Villani (post-doc fellow Universität Freiburg).

2008-2009: Co-animation of the IRIS research center’s PhD candidates monthly seminar, with Julieta Grinberg and Sébastien Roux.

Professional memberships

2012-present: Associate-member of the "Cour Amour Mariage" (Courtship, Love, Marriage) team of the ASIES research center at Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Langues’O, Paris).

2012-present: Member of the European Association of Chinese Studies.

2010-present: Member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and of the Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA).

2008-present: Member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA).