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Head of research at SIFO, the national institute for consumer research, Oslo, Norway. Departement for culture of consumption.
After a doctoral thesis on Norwegian folktales, presented in 1994 at the Sorbonne Paris IV section Scandinavian languages and literature, Virginie Amilien has been working at the department for cultural studies, section folklore, University of Oslo. Researcher at SIFO since 1999, she has concentrated her research on food culture in Norway. Using a multidisciplinary approach, she has worked on projects studying local and localised food products (with a special focus on consumers’ perceptions but also products and production), food in the tourist sector, kitchen as consumption area, food products from the mountains, official quality signs, national identity and food heritage, animal welfare as well as migration and consumption.
Virginie Amilien has been associated to AoFood’s first steps in 2000 and replaced her colleague Florence Bergeaud-Blackler as head of the editorial committee in September 2006.
More info on personal webpage at SIFO : http://www.sifo.no/page/Ansatte/Ansatte_alfabetisk/10037/48224.html
After her thesis she has carried out researches on interethnic relations and the process of social hierarchy of Madagascan populations who have migrated to France. Then, out of her observations in a transcultural medical consultation, she focused on the link between ethnicity, food and health. Since 2002 her work has concentrated on how food plays a part in interethnic hierarchical relations between the families of agriculture workers who came from Maghreb and other majorities and minorities settled in Aquitaine vineyards. Within the context of a CNRS delegation (2009/2011) she carried out a project about the transformation of food practices and the representations linked to the health of retired Bordeaux migrants (called ‘Senegalese’) through their comings and goings between Senegal and France. Today she is concentrating on the food practices of these retired migrants in France. She has started a research in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Hassoun on street food practices in Dakar. As a member of the Observatoire Humain Milieu (l’INEE) she is responsible for the field of food. In this context, since 2010, she has carried out research concerning the food practices of transhumant and settled shepherds from Ferlo in Senegal.
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Position/ Institution: Senior Scientist at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), Mixed Research Unit (UMR) 208 IRD/MNHN PALOC (Local Heritage), MNHN (National Museum of Natural History), Paris, Associate Researcher at the Center of Sustainable Development (CDS) of the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil.
After a doctoral thesis in anthropology on food and use of ressources among Mixtec Indians of Mexico, obtained in 1990 at the University of Paris-X, Esther Katz joined IRD. She went on researching the relationship between societies and their environment in the Congo and in Southeast Asia and contributed to the development of anthropology of climate. Since 2005 she has gone back to food studies in Latin America. She is interested in indigenous food systems, food changes, identity questions and culinary heritage, with the environment as the background. She has been doing field research on these themes in Brazil in a bilateral cooperation project on agrobiodiversity and has resumed an observation of food changes in Mexico, in the Mixtec highlands. She joined AoFood editorial committee in 2011.
Link : www.paloc.ird.fr/
Social and cultural anthropologist, Researcher at the Institute of Research for Developement, UMR 208 PaLoc « Local Heritages » (IRD-MNHN)
Job adress: UMR 208, 43 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris (France)
Charles-Édouard de Suremain took his PhD dissertation in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University François Rabelais, Tours (France). He formerly worked on the genesis of identity and ethnic stereotypes in large Guatemalan coffee plantations (1985-1994) and in agrarian colonization fronts in Ecuador (1989-1991). In Congo (1995-1997), Peru and Bolivia (1998-2003), he studied child development with a particular emphasis on socialization, food and domestic care. In this country, he made fieldwork with street children. His recent research focused on food insecurity (Mali), food, health, body images and public policy (Mexico), and food patrimonialization (Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa).
Isabelle is a researcher in social anthropology specialized in food habits. She has studied regional food habits, their evolution, wine drinking and making, and the relations with health mostly in South West France (collaborations with UMR 5036 Sociétés, Santé, Développement at Bx2, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine, ISPED-INSERM and l’UMR 6578 in Marseille). She then took part to researches concerning the impact of nutritional messages on food choices, life stories and food trajectories for the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education. This led her to collaborate with Chantal Crenn (and UMR 6578) about food and migration in relation with health, particularly among families from Senegal and Madagascar. She is currently involved in an intervention research, ECOALES/ UNITERRES (Empowerment, food behaviour and solidarity economy), funded by the Fonds Français Alimentation Santé, in order to evaluate the dynamics between local farmers and food aid recipients in Western France. Isabelle is responsible for AoFood internet publishing. She’s also the treasurer of ICAF France (International Committee for the Anthropology of Food).
Matthieu de Labarre
AoFood team in 2000
From top to bottom : Matthieu de Labarre, Marion Demossier, Virginie Amilien, Isabelle Techoueyres, Karen Montagne, Florence Bergeaud.
Photo: AoFood Webjournal