Welcome! I am a scholar in international political sociology whose research emphasises State and IR theory, visual methods, ethnography (its practice, transmission and epistemologies) and Bourdieusian theory. My Ph.D. dissertation (defended in 2018, University of Bordeaux) was a micro-sociology of European-Russian relations through the astronaut training and daily organisation of the International Space Station programme. This research was the first ethnographical survey of the ISS ever realised, now followed by the ERC funded ETHNO-ISS project (to cite only a few).
Currently a lecturer in a French curriculum at the State University of Saint-Petersburg (Russia), I mainly teach introduction to political sociology, political theory, 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 and pedagogical instruments in my teaching.
As part of this keen interest in visual methods, I recently started to develop art-based projects – you are welcome to check out about this in the “art-based projects” and “publications” sections.
Credits photo: Edgar Martins.