Vita

Research interests

Body Studies, Documentary and Experimental Filmmaking, Ethnography, European & Russian Studies, Field Theory, International Political Sociology, Photography, Research Ethics & Methodology, Space Policy.

Languages

Native speaker of French; fluent in English; capable in Russian; some German, Attic Greek and Latin.

Current Position

Lecturer, Saint Petersburg State University (Russian Federation); Associate Fellow at the Centre Emile Durkheim for comparative sociology and political science (France).

Professional preparation

Education

Ph.D., University of Bordeaux, Sociology, 2018.

Dissertation: “Human spaceflights in the symbolic economy of the European building”.

Committee: Irène Bellier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Jean-François Clervoy (astronaut, European Space Agency), Marine De Lassalle (Sciences Po Strasbourg), Frédéric Lebaron (École Normale Supérieure), Alain Maillet (Institute of Space Medicine and Physiology), Pascal Ragouet (University of Bordeaux, supervisor), Antoine Roger (Sciences Po Bordeaux), Carole Sigman (University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre), Loïc Wacquant (U.C. Berkeley).

Master, University of Bordeaux/Sciences Po Bordeaux Social sciences mention “sociology”, 2013.

First class distinction.

Dissertation in sociology of science.

Licence (Graduate degree), University of Bordeaux Social sciences mention “sociology” 2013.

Anthropology, 2011.

Undergraduate education, Lycée Montaigne of Bordeaux, 2010.

Art history mention contemporary architecture. 

Current Appointment

State university of Saint Petersburg (Russia) Lecturer in sociology, since 2018.

Teaching

Teaching assistant, University of Bordeaux, Falls 2016 and 2017

Four seminars with undergraduate students: introduction to theorization in social science; introduction to quantitative methods; analysis of political news; introduction to observation and ethnographic methods; supervision of collective surveys.

Designed lecture with graduate students (MA): State theory and the structuralist school in political thought.

Lecturer, State University of Saint-Petersburg, since 2018

Designed lectures and seminars with graduate students (MA): Introduction to visual methods and ethnography in political science; thematic lectures (cultural studies, political theory, and international relations).

Supervision of masters degree theses.

Organization and supervision of fieldwork internships with the State University of Moscow.

Part-time lecture (Fall 2018) with BA students: introduction to science and technology studies.

Publications

Book projects

La fabrique de l’astronaute. Ethnographie terrestre de la Station Spatiale Internationale [Manufacturing the astronaut. Earthly ethnography of the International Space Station].

Statecraft from Outer Space: Human Spaceflight in the Post-Soviet European Building.

Journal publications

“La concordance des temps. La découverte scientifique comme terrain de lutte entre champs” [Tense sequencing: scientific discovery as a ground for fields struggles], Temporalités, vol. 24, no. 2, 2016. DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/temporalites.3495.

“Materialising nationalism: European space industries in the Europeanisation-Nationalism nexus”, Journal of Contemporary European Studies (Q1), vol. 28, no. 2, 2020. DOI 10.1080/14782804.2020.1734551.

“The politics of heroes’ body: ethnographying the training of foreign astronauts in Russia”, Corpus Mundi: Journal of body studies, vol. 1, nº2, 2020.

“Photography, Space Artefacts and the Ethnographic Self”, Journal of Narrative Politics, vol. 6, no. 3, 2020.

“Un tabou résilient: des violences sexistes dans la pratique ethnographique et son enseignement” [The last taboo: sexist violence in the field and the transmission of ethnographic practice], Terrains/Théorie, no. 12, 2020.

Translations

Pietro P. Omodeo, « Après Nikolaï Boukharine : histoire des sciences et hégémonie culturelle à l’aube de la Guerre froide » [“After Nikolai Bukharin: History of science and cultural hegemony at the threshold of the Cold War era”, 2016, History of the human sciences, 29 (4-5)], Période (online), 2017.

Jane M. Young, « ‘Pitié des Indiens pour le cosmos’ : perspectives amérindiennes sur le programme spatial des États-Unis » [“Pity the Indians of Outer Space: Native American Views on the Space Program”, 1987, Western Folklore], Revue d’Anthropologie des Connaissances (Q2), 12 (1), p.81-94, 2018.

Edited volumes

“Building a political order upon science: a sociological study of the European human space program”, in Sukopp T. & Schweitzer B.(eds.), Knowledge Communities in Europe. Exchange, Integration and its Limits, Springer, p. 67-92, 2017. (Invited publication.)

“Féminismes” [Feminisms], in Hay C. & Smith A.(eds.), Dictionnaire d’économie politique [Dictionary of political economy], Presses de Sciences Po, p. 223-235, 2018. (Invited publication.)

“Carnal sociology in the ethnography of I.O.”, in Dairon E. & alii., Handbook Research & Methods applied to International Organizations, Routledge, forthcoming. (Invited publication.)

“The manufacture of national heroes: human spaceflights, post-soviet identity, and sovereignty in Putin’s Russia”, in De Orellana P. & Michelsen N., Reflections on nationalism, World Scientific Publishing, forthcoming.

Publications part of editorships

2020. Editorial, Visual Studies (Q1), vol. 35, no. 2-3. With Derek Conrad Murray, Gary Bratchford, John Grady, and Susan Hansen.

2020. “Conversation with Alessandra Raengo”, Visual Studies (Q1), vol. 35, no. 2-3. With Derek Conrad Murray and Susan Hansen.

Translation of Maxime Boidy, “I hate visual culture. L’essor polémique des Visual Studies et les politiques disciplinaires du visible” [2017, Revue d’Anthropologie des Connaissances], Visual Studies (Q1), forthcoming in February 2021. With Susan Hansen.

Book reviews

2015. “Amy  E. Lesen (dir.), Scientists, Experts, and Civic Engagement. Walking a fine line, 2015”, Lectures [online].

2016. “Léo Coutellec (dir.), « Le temps des sciences impliquées », Écologie & Politique, n°51, 2015”, Lectures [En ligne].

2017. “Michele Filippini, Using Gramsci. Towards a new approach, 2017”, Lectures [online].

2019. “Françoise Waquet, Une histoire émotionnelle du savoir, XVIIe-XXIe, CNRS Editions, 2019”, Revue Française de Sociologie (Q3), 2019/4, vol. 60. 

2020. Review essay on Visual Global Politics: Roland Bleiker (dir.), Visual Global Politics, Routledge, 2018; Sophie Harman, Seeing Politics: Film, Visual Method, and International Relations, McGill University Press, 2019; William A. Callahan, Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations, Oxford University Press, 2020, Annuaire Français de Relations Internationales.

Academic blogs, media and press coverage

2015-2020Consultant for the French newspaper Le Monde scientific redactor for space-related news.

2015. “Mars, au cœur du star-system” [column about Mars settlements programs], Le Monde “Sciences & Médecine”, 19 October.

2015. “Comment ne pas élaborer un discours scientifique. Note exploratoire sur les épistémologies féministes du point de vue” [Research note on Standpoint feminist epistemologies], Carnet Zilsel.Online since December 2015.

2016. “Rosetta/Philae : retour sur une mission touchdown” [Rosetta/Philae: notes on a touchdown mission], Ciel & Espace, n°549. With Arnaud Saint-Martin.

2017. “A political sociology of the orbital inhabiting”,exhibition booklet Constellation.s., Center of architecture “Arc en rêve” of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux. Published online since May 2017 at http://baobab-be.blogspot.fr.

2017. Radio interview about the doctoral research and space policy,“ RCF, broadcasted on 9 December.

2019. “Beyond terrestrial norms: imagining urban life in outer space”, Strelka MagazineOnline.

2020. “Les origines culturelles du vol habité européen” [The cultural origins of the European human spaceflight], Humanités Spatiales, Online.

Conferences activities

Invited talks

University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (France). “Sociologie des sciences en microgravité : premiers éléments de terrain“, Seminar “Sociology Of Science” of the Printemps laboratory (UVSQ), 20/11/2015.

Sciences Po Bordeaux (France). “Des mécanismes d’acculturation à l’astronautique et de ses conséquences”, [About acculturation on a field in space affairs] Workshop of methodology, Centre Émile Durkheim, 23/05/2016.

Law University of Bordeaux (France). « Épistémologies politiques : quand les théories marxistes et féministes s’intéressent aux sciences et techniques » [Political epistemologies: when Marxist and Feminist theories are into sciences and technologies], seminar of the interdisciplinary working group Critical thoughts of the University of Bordeaux, 14/09/2017.

Institute for Comparative Research in human and social sciences (ICR), Tsukuba University (Japan). “Searching for elective affinities: methodological and epistemological implications of a comparative analysis based on the theory of social fields”, Symposium of the ICR, 20/11/2017.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (Australia). “The State in the Blurring: Thinking Categorization and Comparison in Studying Human Space Programmes Privatization”, 25th International conference of the International Political Science Association. Invited talk, panel “Comparing Policy-Making Boundaries: The Blurring of State and Civil Society Actors in Public Policy”, 24/07/2018.

Université de Bordeaux (France). Introductive talk, workshop “Sex power relations and sexualities during fieldworks”, Centre Émile Durkheim.

Highest School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg (Russia). Discussant of Viktor Kaplun (Highest School of Economics/State University of St. Petersburg). «Язык иполитической теории: ‘gouvernementalité’ Мишеля Фуко, и что сталосней в русских переводах [Languages of political theory: ‘governmentality’ in Foucault’s works and its fate in the Russian language], 01/03/2019.

Highest School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg (Russia). “Space conquest today: Russia versus the world?”, 27/02/2020.

Centre for Outer Space Study, University College London (U.K.). “Visualising space politics: using photography and art-based methods in the study of a space programme”, forthcoming in January 2021.

Conference presentations

Astrophysics laboratory of Bordeaux (France). « Dynamiques de production de savoirs scientifiques en sciences de l’univers. Une approche par la sociologie des sciences » [Production of scientific knowledge in space research: a perspective from sociology of science], Bordeaux Observatory and astrophysics laboratory, 14/04/2014.

University of Bordeaux (France). “Sociologie des sciences en microgravité : premiers éléments de terrain” [Sociology of sciences in microgravity contexts: a few first fieldwork data], doctoral seminar of the Centre Émile Durkheim, 05/11/2015.

Siegen Universität (Germany). “Boundaries in Outer Space: International Collaboration, Epistemic Translation and Division of Expert Labor within the European Space Agency”, Workshop “Europe’s Spaces of Knowledge: Ideas, Discourses, and Integration of Elites in Science”, 12/12/2015.

International Association of Astronautics/Roscosmos, Korolev (Russia). “Future manned space exploration relying on the history of spaceprograms: the case of the Soviet and Russian spacepolicies”; “The epistemic production of bureaucracy in Russia: science aboard the International Space Station”, Human Space Exploration Conference. 25/05/2016.

University of Montreal (Canada). “L’intervention de l’État dans le procès scientifique” [The State intervening in the scientific process], XXème Congress of the Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française, 05/07/2016

Centre de Recherche Internationale (CERI) of Sciences Po Paris (France). “Reaching Kosmos from Baikonur: integrations and connections of a post-soviet space through human spaceflights”, colloquial “(Dis)integration and(dis)connection in the post-soviet space (1991-2016)”, 22/11/2016.

Russian Academy of Science, Zvenigorod (Russia). “Institutional implications of the astronaut training: what is at stake in future human spaceflights programs?”, Congress of the International Society of Gravitational Physiology, 30/05/2017.

Centre d’Études Franco-Russe, Moscow (Russia). « Les antinomies de l’État bureaucratique : sciences et pouvoir politique dans le programme spatial russe » [Antinomies of the bureaucratic State: sciences and political power in the Russian space program], Seminar of the CEFR, 05/06/2017.

South Bank University of London (United Kingdom). “Embodying the State: towards a carnal sociology of the ‘political fetishism’ at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs”, London Conference in Critical Thought, Panel “Ethnography and ethics”, 01/07/2017.

University of Montpellier (France). « L’économie de l’hégémonie : éléments d’une critique féministe du capitalisme » [The economy of hegemony: feminist critics of capitalism], Congress of the Association Française de Science Politique, 11/07/2017.

Samara National Research University (Russia). “From ESA to an Eastern European Space Organization (EESO): multilateral governance and regional integration through the administration of spaceflights”, United Nations Workshop on Human Capacity-Building in Space Science and Technology, 02/11/2017.

Centre Émile Durkheim (France). Main discussant at the annual CED general workshop, 15/03/2018.

Centre d’Études Franco-Russe, Moscow (Russia). « La réorganisation des territoires d’Europe de l’Est au prisme du programme ISS (International Space Station) » [The restructuration of territories in Eastern Europe through the ISS program], seminar of the CEFR, 18/04/2018.

University of Geneva (Switzerland). “Virtues and limits of a ‘carnal sociology’ of a United Nations Committee”, Colloquium “RUN 2018 – Researching the United Nations and Other International Organizations: Rethinking Methods of Investigation”, 19/06/2018.

Highest School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg (Russia). “Making visible social mechanisms: visual methodologies as heuristics in sociology”, INAS Conference (International Association of Analytical Sociology), 31/05/2019.

Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Poland). “Diplomacy and science as relational: Genesis of Space Diplomacyin Human Spaceflights Contexts”, European Workshop of International Studies, Panel “Diplomacy-Science nexus”, 27/06/2019.

King’s College, London (United Kingdom). “Embedding national myths: spaceflights and the permanence of a post- soviet identity”. Workshop “Reflections on nationalism”, 29/06/2019.

Online due to Covid-19. “The role of social norms, spatial language and aesthetics in the development of space habitats”. International Astronautical Federation’s Congress, 12/10/2020.

Online due to Covid-19. “Normative dependency, mediation and the sublime: a Bourdieusian approach to international space policy”, Millennium Conference on Global Politics, 22/10/2020.

(Upcoming, postponed due to Covid-19.) Universidad Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). “Europe first”: the Role of a Shared Narrative about Europe in Sovereignty Claims”. Panel “Narratives of and about the National Identities”, annual world congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), 07/2021.

Workshops, panels, and seminars organized

Monthly lecture seminar in science and feminist studies. Centre Émile Durkheim (France), 2015-2017.

Sciences Po Bordeaux (France). Conference “Faire système des savoirs en sciences sociales : implications théoriques et réflexives d’un dialogue entre Pierre Bourdieu et Andrew Abbott.”[Consequences of encounters between Pierre Bourdieu and Andrew Abbott], 01 & 02/06/2016.

Sciences Po Bordeaux (France). Study day “Être pris.e dans les relations d’enquête : modalités d’implication sur le(s) terrain(s) et leurs enjeux.” [Being in inquiry relationships: modalities of self-implications in fieldworks and their consequences], 23/06/2016.

Exhibition and Congress Center of Bremen (Germany). Panel “Twenty years of the International Space Station: Shaping the future of human space exploration”, 69e International Astronautical Conference. Co-organizationand moderation, 04/10/2018.

State University of St. Petersburg (Russia). Conference “Translating: stakes, difficulties and resources in human and social sciences” (in Russian and French). Co-organization and moderation. Introductive conference: “Untranslatable social realities and standpoint perspectives”, 23/03/2019.

State University of St. Petersburg (Russia). Workshop of visual studies “Making the power visible”. Organization, moderation, and introductive conference “Introduction to the uses of photography in social science”, 05/03/2020.

Museum studies and science communication

Center of architecture “Arc en rêve”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux (France). Guest in the debate: “Over the line: exploring and inhabiting at the world’s boundaries”, as part of the art exhibition Constellation.s., 14/09/2016.

French Institute of Saint-Petersburg (Russia). Performed conference « Le Cyborg, l’idéologue et la cosmonaute : incarner les techniques dans l’exploration spatiale soviétique » [The Cyborg, the ideologist, and the cosmonaut: embedding technologies at the Soviet space age]. « Night of Ideas », annual manifestation of science communication, 31/01/2019.

Institute of Arts and Crafts, Saint-Petersburg (ХОРСЪ Центр Искусстви Ремёсел, Russia). Lecture “Photography, social science and indigenous knowledge”, 24/08/2019.

2020 Critical Mediations Salon Series on Materiality (online due to the Covid-19), University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Roundtable including researchers and art practitioners, 26/10/2020.

Grants, awards and honors

Funding obtained for the organization of local and international conferences excluded.

2015. Top graduating student at the university of Bordeaux, department of social sciences.

2015-2018. Research doctoral allocation, Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la recherche. 

2016. Research scholarship from the Centre d’Études Franco-Russe of Moscow.

2017. Research scholarship «AMI» from the Centre d’Études Franco-Russe of Moscow. 

2018. Thesis award in Law, Economy, and Sociology of the Air and Space Academy.

2019. Awarded paper “Imagining urban life in outer space“, magazine of the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture, and Design.

2020. “ISS Crew Fund Scholarship”, Association of Space Explorers.

2020. Postdoctoral fellowship (three-month term), Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH)/French Institute of South Africa-Research.

Service 

Editorship 

Visual Studies (Q1, Taylor & Francis), since 2020. Co-Editor in charge of special issues, book reviews, translation of foreign essays, curating digital editions and new directions of the journal.

University service

Co-organizer of the research axis “Knowledge” of the Centre Émile Durkheim, 2015-2018.

Representative of the faculty of sociology at the interdisciplinary Graduate School “Society, Politic, and Public Health” of the University of Bordeaux, 2015-2018.

Co-creator of the association of graduate students and early-career scholars in social sciences of the University of Bordeaux “Marcel Mauss Collective”, 2017-2018.

Network and affiliations

Creation or leadership of working groups

Creator of the “Space Habitats Committee” within the International Astronautical Federation, gathering space policy makers, social scientists, engineers, designers, architects, and astronauts. Created in 2020.

Contributions to international research projects and working groups

Programme Jean Monnet, “2020 Horizon”, EU financing. “Europe’s Spaces of Knowledge: Ideas, Discourses, and Integration of Elites in Science”, coordinated by Bertold Schweitzer (University of Dundee, Scotland) and Thomas Sukopp (Siegen Universität, Germany), 2015-2017.

Part of a delegation and working team aiming to develop cooperation between university of Bordeaux and Tsukuba (Japan) in social sciences (Centre Émile Durkheim/Institute for Comparative Research in human and social sciences, 2017-2018.

Cambridge International Relations and History Working Group, since 2018.

Colonial/Postcolonial/De-colonial Working Group of the British International Studies Association, since 2018.

IAA (International Academy of Astronautics) Commission 6, Study Group 17 “Multicultural Foundations and Influences of Human Space Exploration”, International Academics of Aeronautics, since 2019.

CNRS research group no. 2064 “Russian Empire, USSR, and post-soviet world”, since 2019. 

Space Generation Advisory Council, Space Law and Policy working group, since 2020.

Social Studies of Outer Space network, since 2020.

Professional memberships

Current Memberships

International Sociological Association (since 2017): RCs “Visual Sociology”; “Political Sociology”.

International Studies Association (since 2017): Sections “Post-Communist States”; “International Political Sociology”; “Science, Technology, and Art in International Relations”.

International Political Science Association (since 2018): RCs “Concepts & Methods”; “Science and Politics”; “International Political Economy”.

International Visual Sociology Association (since 2019). 

Political Studies Association (since 2020): Group “Space, Governance, and Politics”.

Association pour les Etudes sur la Guerre et la Stratégie, since 2020.

Past Memberships

Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langues Française (2015-2017). 

European Sociological Association (2016-2018).

Association Française de Science Politique (2017-2019).

European International Studies Association (2018-2020). 

Visual projects

Descriptions, synopsis and conceptual files available upon request.

Films:

2020. Documentary film “La sociologie comme elle s’apprend”. In French, 41 minutes.

On-going projects:

Documentary medium-length film “Ad Astra”. In production since 2020. In Russian, French, and English, subtitled in English.

Documentary medium-length film “Looking for the Afronauts”. Production planned in 2021. In English.

Photography exhibition and art publication “Undressing the icon: fantasized portraits of astronauts”. Series of 20 portraits of actual astronauts and cosmonauts, questioning cultural imaginaries and subjectivation regarding space exploration. Started in 2020.

Interests

Music practice

Classical guitar, harmonica, violin, amateur jazz and blues singer. 

Sports training

Marathon running, Kalarippayattu.

Volunteering

English teaching in a Saint-Petersburg orphanage (2019-2020).

References

Other references available upon request.

Andrew D. Abbott, Professor

Department of Sociology and the College, University of Chicago 

Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor 

Email: aabbott@uchicago.edu

Caroline Dufy, Assistant Professor

Institute of political science, Sciences Po Bordeaux

Centre Émile Durkheim (CNRS UMR 5116)

Email: c.dufy@sciencespobordeaux.fr

Muneo Kaigo, Professor

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Director, Institute for Comparative Research in Human and Social Sciences (ICR) 

Email: mkaigo@japan.tsukuba.ac.jp

Antoine Roger, Professor

Institute of political science, Sciences Po Bordeaux

Former director, Centre Émile Durkheim (CNRS UMR 5116) 

Email: a.roger@sciencespobordeaux.fr

Loic J. D. Wacquant, Professor

Department of sociology, University of California at Berkeley

Centre de sociologie européenne (CNRS-EHESS)

Email :loic@berkeley.edu