About Me

[FR] Détenteur d’un doctorat en Anthropologie du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle à Paris et d’un doctorat en Communication de l’Université de Montréal, j'ai poursuivi, grâce à une bourse de la Fondation Fyssen, mes études postdoctorales au MIT (HASTS). Actuellement professeur adjoint à l’École des Études Sociologiques et Anthropologiques de l’Université d’Ottawa où je dirige le HumAnimaLab, mes recherches s’intéressent à l’histoire des domestications du vivant, aux rapports humains/animaux/machines contemporains et aux processus informationnels et communicationnels qui y sont associés. 

Plus spécifiquement, je développe, dans le prolongement de mes précédents travaux qui portaient sur les cultures émergentes associées à la possession individuelle d'animaux exotiques et sur le premier laboratoire international de médecine légale animale, deux projets de recherche problématisant la question anthropocènique.
L’un porte sur le trafic international illégal d’animaux exotiques et la criminalité verte qu’un tel marché noir alimente (cad, ses routes commerciales, culturelles et affectives, ses impacts écologiques et ses enjeux biopolitiques notamment en matière de conservation). Un tel projet vise à mieux cartographier les différentes facettes de ce commerce illégal et des marchés noirs qu'il entretient - en montrant notamment l'étendue et la complexité des filières mafieuses qui, depuis le braconnage jusqu'à la vente en ligne, structurent actuellement un univers clandestin en pleine expansion. 
Mon second projet de recherche porte sur les biomédias et les devenirs numériques comme artificiels du vivant programmé. Je m’intéresse en particulier aux entreprises socio-techniques dites de de-extinction et à la résurrection promise du Mammouth Sibérien…

 

[ EN ] I hold a doctorate in Anthropology from the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris and a doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of Montreal. A fellowship from the Fyssen Foundation enabled me to carry out postdoctoral work at MIT (HASTS) and I am now an assistant professor at UOttawa’s School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies where I head the HumAnimaLab. 

At the intersection of Anthropology and Communication Studies, my research draws on informational and communicational processes (genetic, epigenetic, behavioral and symbolic) involved in human-animal relationships, with a particular focus on their cultural implications as well as on their evolutionary dimensions. Building on multi-sited, multi-species and multi-medias ethnographies, my work investigates some of our contemporary modes of interaction with animals. 
Such modes are here approached in a media ecology perspective, where a living organism, like any medium, is not simply apprehended as a passive vehicle for a message but rather envisioned as a transductive milieu.
I am currently working on two research projects concerning the Anthropocene. One bears on the international trafficking of exotic animals and the green criminality fuelled by this black market (i.e. its commercial, cultural and affective routes, its ecological impacts and the biopolitical stakes involved in conservation in particular). This research thus aims to further explore a problematic subculture modeled by surprisingly creative underground activities. My other project concerns biomedia and the digital and artefactual futures of engineered living organisms. I am particularly interested in the socio-technical undertakings known as de-extinction, and in the promised resurrection of the Siberian Mammoth.
POACHED LIVES, TRADED FORMS… Engaging with Animal Trafficking Around the Globe
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POACHED LIVES, TRADED FORMS… Engaging with Animal Trafficking Around the Globe

From the depths of the Borneo jungle through the dark web to private ménageries, this paper reflects on the expansion of contemporary wildlife trafficking and maps an early 21st century trade in living organisms, dead animal parts and metempsychic imaginaries. Involving, among many other emerging relational entanglements, life and death issues, big money, commercial routes […]

Non-human domestication?
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Non-human domestication?

“When walking through a herd – which comprises many bands of monkeys grazing together in groups of 600 to 700 individuals – the wolves seem to take care to behave in a non-threatening way. They move slowly and calmly as they forage for rodents and avoid the zigzag running they use elsewhere, Venkataraman observed”. Source […]

Requiem for a vanishing species
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Requiem for a vanishing species

” For decades, horse and camel caravans have gathered in Sudan at the beginning of the dry season, when the rivers can be forded, and then crossed into the Central African Republic. Traditionally, poachers carried only swords and lances, but beginning in the early nineteen-seventies, as Sudan and Chad were consumed by civil wars, they […]

Wildlife Trafficking in the Internet Age
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Wildlife Trafficking in the Internet Age

“Based on interviews and investigative cases, this paper shows the possibilities offered by a crime script approach for understanding what kind of criminal opportunities the Internet offers for conducting wildlife trafficking and how these opportunities affect the organization of this transit crime, as concerns both the carrying out of the criminal activity and the patterns […]

Dallas Safari Club auctions
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Dallas Safari Club auctions

“En janvier 2014, le Dallas Safari Club avait été vivement condamné pour la vente d’un permis de tirer sur un rhinocéros noir de Namibie, qui avait été remportée par Corey Knowlton, chasseur texan et “personnalité” de télé-réalité, à raison d’une enchère s’élevant à 350 000 dollars.” Source +