Welcome! I am a scholar in international political sociology working on human spaceflight. My Ph.D. dissertation (defended in 2018) was dedicated to a micro-sociology of European-Russian relations through the astronaut training in Russia as part of the International Space Station program. This research is the first ethnographical survey of the ISS realized; it includes an oral history of the space program (based on 182 interviews) and a social genesis of human space programs in Western Europe.
Currently a lecturer in sociology in a French curriculum at the State University of Saint-Petersburg (Russia), I mainly teach introduction to political sociology, ethnography, and visual methods.
While I started research in Science and Technology Studies, an increasing emphasis on the astronaut training as a carnal and moral education led me to focus on the materiality of space politics — and how this materiality (through bodies and artefacts) convey political meanings and affects. Art-based practices are an important part of this research orientation, as I work out photography and ethnographic cinema both as methods of investigation (including ethnophotography and photo-elicitation) and pedagogical instruments to enhance the transmission of social scientific knowledge.
As part of this keen interest in visual methods, I recently started to develop artistically projects – you are welcome to check out about this in the “art-based projects” and “publications” sections.
Credits photo: Edgar Martins.