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26 November

Research Seminar on Arts & Performance

Under the direction of Julien Clément, Jessica De Largy Healy and Frédéric Keck


Each year, the Research and Education department organises a multi-disciplinary research seminar dedicated to artistic and performance practices. The musée du Quai Branly "Art and Performance" research seminar takes place on at flexible intervals and is centred on discussion of the work presented by guest researchers, research members of the Groupement de Recherche International (GDRI) and the holders of doctoral and post-doctoral grants financed by the museum. This is closed to the public in order to guarantee the quality of the debates among invited guest specialists. However, those interested in participating in a particular session may request authorisation to attend from the team organising the event (lbr(at)

Each two-hour session is dedicated to work and research carried out by a museum researcher/conservator, the holder of a doctoral/post-doctoral grant, a guest researcher or a research member of the GDRI.

This work and research must be the subject of a forthcoming publication in a national or international review in the form of an article that will be submitted to an editorial committee.

The text presented is disseminated for reading among the participants in the seminar one week before the event.

The short recapitulation by the author of the main points of their text (30 minutes) is followed by a debate and critique session (1.5 hours) in French, English and Spanish (if necessary), under the direction of the guest president of the session (chair).

Each researcher presenting their work has the possibility to invite doctoral or post-doctoral students, teachers and researchers from outside the museum with a direct link to the subject examined in the text. One or two European specialists are thus invited and accommodated at the museum's expense to preside over the session and to discuss the text in question. All guest participants are then invited to the staff restaurant following the seminar to continue the discussion in a more informal manner.

Research seminar programming « Art and Performance » 2013

Aurélie Condevaux (MQB-labex CAP), 30 January
lecture room 1, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« Ta'ahine or vahine? Gender and power relationships in Tongan tourist performances »

Nicolas Lira (MQB), 28 March
lecture room 2, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« Routes de navigation de tradition Indigène en Patagonie Septentrionale ».

Thomas Guindeuil (MQB), 18 April
lecture room 2, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« Boissons et pratiques du boire en Éthiopie du milieu du XIXe siècle au milieu du XXe siècle »

Tiziana Leucci (MQB), 23 May
lecture room 2, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
"The Indian courtesan's dharma (status and duty) as an alternative feminine model: from pre-colonial social order to contemporary feminist choreographers".

Damien Mottier (MQB), 30 May
lecture room 2, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« La télé-vision: manières de croire en milieu pentecôtiste ».

Andrew Hamilton (MQB), 5 June
Auvent room, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« A Theory of Scale and Objecthood ».

Marie Daugey (MQB), 20 June
lecture room 2, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« Initiés, rois-prêtres et lien au territoire en pays kabyè (Togo) ».

Maxime VanHoenacker (MQB), Thursday 12 September
lecture room 2, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« La totémisation dans les mouvements scouts: itinéraire de patrimonialisation d'un savoir ethnographique non-occidental en France ».

Emma Gobin (MQB), Thursday 26 September
lecture room 2, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« Ritual kinship and its material mediations: a case-study of Cuban santería »

Anouk Cohen (MQB-labex CAP), Thursday 10 October
lecture room 2, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« Droit d'Ecriture et marché du livre : le cas du Coran au Maroc contemporain ».

Cécile Bargues (MQB-labex CAP), Thursday 24 October
lecture room 2, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« Raoul Hausmann et Ibiza »

Tommaso Montagnani (MQB-labex CAP), 21 November
lecture room 2, 10.00 am-1.00 pm
« Musique et chefferie chez les Kuikuro du Haut-Xingu ».

download the programming from 2008 to 2012 (pdf file)