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Phillip Rousseau, PhD

Phillip Rousseau, PhD
The general focus of Phillip Rousseau’s research is the contemporary institutionalization of frameworks ensuring a constant attention to cultural difference and encouraging manifold interventions in it. He is particularly interested in institutionalized efforts made towards the promotion of an awareness to culture(s) and the subsequent development of the appropriate tools, practices and concepts – whether the focus is on ethnicity, multiculturalism or cultural diversity. Such venture has led him to engage with this topic in a wide range of contrasting institutionalized fields:

- International politics at UNESCO: especially the recent debates about ‘cultural diversity’ leading to the creation of the Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (adopted in 2005);
- The growing explicit attention to cultural difference in North American advertisement and the recent development, within the industry, of contrasting approaches to culture(s) and ethnicity;
- The U.S. military’s attempt to gain cultural insight in both Iraqi and Afghan military interventions, through the Human Terrain System and the embedding of social scientists;
- The important transformations, within the epistemological framework of anthropology itself (and social sciences in general), regarding the concept of culture.

These different attempts to incorporate or rearticulate a cultural specialization and competence in an institutional setting highlight emerging experiments, trends and re-articulations between culture and modernity and carry with them ways in which culture(s) is/are today conceived, perceived and managed.

Academic Career

Graduation / Academic Degrees

Ph.D. (joint) Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada and Ph.D. Social Anthropology and Ethnology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.
M.A. Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada.

Current Position(s)

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Université de Montréal (IRTG Diversity).

Position(s) Held

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine, United States (Georges E. Marcus)

Relevant (International) Research Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine, California.
Fieldwork in California (marketing agencies, Postdoctoral Research).
Fieldwork at WTO headquarters in Geneva: One of 10 ethnographers who participated in an international research project (Ethnography of the WTO) supervised by Professor Marc Abélès (EHESS) and funded by the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR – France).
Ph.D. École des Hautes Études, Paris, France.
2005/2007 / 2008
Fieldwork at UNESCO headquarters in Paris (Ph.D).

Major Research Grants, Scholarships and Awards

Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2013
Postdoctoral Research Scholarship: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Distinction: Dean’s list for Ph.D. dissertation, Université of Montréal.
Distinction: Ph.D. dissertation awarded unanimously by the jury the highest mention of “Très honorable avec les félicitations du jury à l’unanimité,” École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
Distinction: Ph.D. dissertation awarded unanimously by the jury the highest mention of “Exceptional Ph.D. dissertation,” Université of Montréal.
Research Scholarship: Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture, 6 months internship at EHESS, under the supervision of Catherine Neveu – CNRS(HDR).
Mobility Scholarship MEQ: 3 months research stay at LAIOS and EHESS (Paris).
2004 - 2007
Research Scholarship: Department of Anthropology, Université de Montréal.
2004 - 2007
Doctoral Research Scholarship: Fond de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC).

Memberships and other relevant Activities

2013 - 2014
Member of the Scientific Committee for the annual meeting of the Association canadienne des sociologues et anthropologues de langues française (ACSALF).
2007 - 2012
Member, Groupe de recherche sur les interventions militaires et humanitaires (GRIMH).
2004 - 2011
Member, Laboratoire d’anthropologie des institutions et des organisations sociales (LAIOS/CNRS).

List of Publications

a) Publications in refereed journals and book publications

[in review]
“Portrait de la culture en jeune esthète.Vers une aesthesis-politique de la diversité culturelle à l’UNESCO ?” Anthropologie et sociétés.
(with Mariella Pandolfi): “Governing the Crisis: A Critical Genealogy of Humanitarian Intervention”, in: Antonio de Lauri (ed.), The Politics of Humanitarianism: Power, Ideology and Aid (London & New York: I.B. Tauris), 17‐32.
“L’empreinte de la diversité: Sarah Ahmed: On Being Included, Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (Durham/London: 2012)” (Book Review), Spirale 252, 47‐48.
“Culture Puffs: Ethnic Diversity and Cultural‐sensitive Marketing Practices”, in: Ursula Lehmkuhl/Hans‐Jürgen Lüsebrink/Laurence McFalls (eds.), Of ‘Contact Zones’ and ‘Liminal Spaces’: Mapping the Everyday Life of Cultural Translation (Münster: Waxmann), 49‐71.
(with K. Strohm) “Appel manqué ?”, Altérités, vol. 7, no 2, 2010: 1-8. Introduction to Anthropologie 2.0.? L’ethnographique par-delà l’anthropologie, Phillip Rousseau & Kiven Strohm (eds.).
(with M. Pandolfi) “Attraction fatale. Note sur les sciences sociales ‘Embedded’”, in: Anthropologie et sociétés, 34(3): 209-227.
(with M. Pandolfi) “Minerva va in guerra. Note sulle scienze sociali embedded.” [Minerva at War. Note on “Embedded” Social Sciences], in: Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa, Bologna Il Mulino, 2: 193-216.
“Anthropolitiques”, Altérités, 4(1): 135-149.
(with M. Pandolfi) “Looking for Anthropos. With a little help from Pirandello’s infinite absurdity,” in: I quaderni del CREAM, V: 51-70.
U"ne anthropologie quichotienne? Note sur l’extravagance et la pige littéraire,” in: Anthropologie et sociétés, 28 (3): 205-219.

b) Other publications
(with M. Pandolfi) “Crises à l’OMC, crise de l’OMC,” Des anthropologues à l’OMC. Scènes de la gouvernance mondiale, Marc Abélès (ed.), Paris, CNRS Éditions, pp.255-283.
(with M. Pandolfi) “Commentary on Vered Amit “Community as Good to Think,”” Anthropologica, 52(2): 370-371.
“Compte-rendu ‘Michael Herzfeld’s Evicted from Eternity. The Restructuring of Modern Rome’”, Anthropologie et Sociétés, 34 [http://www.fss.ulaval.ca/CMS_Recherche/upload/ant_soc/fichiers/compte_rendu_michael_herzfeld_2009.pdf].
(with M. Pandolfi) “Review of Michael Herzfeld’s Evicted from Eternity. The Restructuring of Modern Rome”, Anthropological Quaterly, 82(3): 859-864.

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