Frédéric Keck

Director, Department of Research and Education

Portrait de Frédérick Keck © musée du quai Branly, photo Alexandra Lebon
Portrait of Frédéric Keck © Musée du quai Branly, photo by Alexandra Lebon

Born in 1974 in Lyon, alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure de Paris (1994-1999), Frédéric Keck studied anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

He completed a PhD at Université Lille III in 2003 on “the problem of primitive mentality in the work of Lucien Lévy-Bruhl”; he has published many works on Claude Lévi-Strauss and contributed to the edition of his Works for the “Bibliothèque de la Pléiade” in 2008.

He joined the CNRS in 2005, where he conducted ethnographic research on health crises caused by animal diseases, firstly at the Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments (2005-2007) then at the Hong Kong Pasteur Research Centre (2007-2009). This research led to the publication of around ten articles in French and English, the coordination of several journal editions and collective books, and to the publication of a book in the form of a traveller’s tale (Un Monde Grippé, Flammarion, 2010).

Laureate of the Fondation Fyssen in 2007-2008, he also received the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2011. A member of the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale based at the Collège de France, where he headed the team on “Human/Animal Relations: Contemporary Issues” (with Claude Ferret) and the project “Social Representations of Pathogens on the Boundaries of Species”, which received support from the Axa Research Fund (2013-2016). 

He has taught history of philosophy and social anthropology at Université Lille III, the École Normale Supérieure on Rue d’Ulm, the Paris Institute of Political Science, the Centro Franco Argentino at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the Meiji University in Tokyo and the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.