Pia Bailleul

Pia holds a PhD in social anthropology and is currently contributing to the Rulnat research project as postdoctoral fellow.

Her work focuses on the legal, political and technical settings that frame the development of the mining industry in Greenland. She studies connections between mining laws and the independence issue regarding economic separation from Denmark, and the phenomenon of state construction linked to the development of land exploitation. She also examines the effects of mining projects on local communities and, for this purpose, follows social mobilizations against mining projects that have taken place since 2009. From this perspective, she pays particular attention to the issues surrounding uranium and rare earth elements, two types of resources that raise geopolitical and ecological questions that divide Greenlandic society.

Since 2016, she has been conducting a whole series of fieldwork within the political institutions of Nuuk and in southern Greenland, a region particularly affected by mining projects.


2022 Terres communes et gisements nationaux : étude des reconfigurations juridiques, géologiques et politiques autour du traitement des sols et des sous-sols groenlandais à partir de l’ethnographie du projet minier de Kuannersuit. (National deposits and common lands : study of the legal, geological and political reconfigurations of the treatment of Greenlandic soils and subsoils from the ethnography of the Kuannersuit mining project) Thèse de doctorat d’anthropologie, Université Paris Nanterre.

Articles & Chapters

2021 « Étude des législations minières groenlandaises (1932-2021) : indépendantisme minier, usages des terres et conflits sociaux », Nuevo Mundo Mundos Nuevos, Questions du temps présent, (online, 5 octobre 2021)

2019 « La société groenlandaise en mutation : itinéraire d’un État en devenir » Les régions de l’Arctique (Neuilly, Atlande) : 79-95 [Clefs concours]

2019 « Habiter l’Arctique, une entrée par la pratique des acteurs : le cas de Qassiarsuk, au Groenland » Les régions de l’Arctique (Neuilly, Atlande) : 185-192 [Clefs concours]

Chiara Letizia

A social anthropologist and historian of religions, Chiara Letizia is Professor of South Asian Religions at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM) and researcher in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She is associate member of the CNRS’s Centre for Himalayan Studies and Research Associate at the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford. Chiara has been conducting fieldwork on religion and society in contemporary Nepal since 1997, focusing on ritual, religion and politics, ethnoreligious activism, the understandings of secularism, and the role of the courts in defining religion and reforming religious practices. With David Gellner and Sondra Hausner, she coedited the book Religion, Secularism and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal. (New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2016).


Selected Publications

Edited Books

  • 2020. Letizia, C. (ed.) Un regard sur les religions du Népal contemporain. Montréal, Département de Sciences des religions, UQAM.
  • 2019. ( G. Orofino A. Drocco, L. Galli, C. Letizia, and C. Simioli eds). Wind Horses. Tibetan, Himalayan And Mongolian Studies.Napoli: Università degli Studi di Napoli « L’Orientale.
  • 2016. Gellner, D. N., S.Hausner & C. Letizia (eds) Religion, Secularism and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal. New Delhi, OUP.

Articles & Chapters

  •  Forthcoming. Letizia, C. & B. Ripert. ‘ ‘Not in the name of dharma’: A judgement of the Supreme Court of Nepal on mass sacrifices at the Gadhimali mela, in D. Berti & A. Good (eds), Animal Sacrifice on Trial: Cases from South Asia
  • 2021 Gellner, D. & Letizia, C.« Religion and Secularism in Contemporary Nepal » in Knut Jacobsen (ed.) Routledge Handbook of South Asian Religions. Abingdon and New York, Routledge ; 335-354.
  • 2019. “Superstizione, tradizione e nuovi diritti. Riflessioni sul verdetto della Corte Suprema del Nepal sui sacrifici cruenti alla festa di Gadhimai”, in G. Orofino, A. Drocco, L. Galli, C. Letizia, and C. Simioli (eds), Wind Horses. Tibetan, Himalayan And Mongolian Studies. Napoli, Università degli Studi di Napoli « L’Orientale »: 193-217
  • 2019. Letizia, C. & D. N. Gellner, ‘Hinduism in the secular republic of Nepal’, in T. Brekke (ed.), Modern Hinduism.  Oxford University Press: 275-304.
  • 2017. Letizia, C. ‘Secularism’, in D. Thapa and A. Ramsbotham (eds), ‘Building inclusive peace in Nepal. Accord : An International Review of Peace Initiatives 26.
  • 2016. Letizia, C. & D.N. Gellner. ‘Introduction: Religion and Identities in Post-Panchayat Nepal’, in D. N. Gellner et al. (eds), Religion, Secularism and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal. New Delhi, OUP: 1-32.
  • 2016. Letizia, C. ‘Ideas of Secularism in Contemporary Nepal’, in D. N. Gellner et al. (eds) Religion, Se
  • 2021 Gellner, D. & Letizia, C.« Religion and Secularism in Contemporary Nepal » in Knut Jacobsen (ed.) Routledge Handbook of South Asian Religions. Abingdon and New York, Routledge ; 335-354.
  • 2019. “Superstizione, tradizione e nuovi diritti. Riflessioni sul verdetto della Corte Suprema del Nepal sui sacrifici cruenti alla festa di Gadhimai”, in G. Orofino, A. Drocco, L. Galli, C. Letizia, and C. Simioli (eds), Wind Horses. Tibetan, Himalayan And Mongolian Studies. Napoli, Università degli Studi di Napoli « L’Orientale »: 193-217
  • cularism and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal. New Delhi, OUP: 35-75.
  • 2016. Letizia, C. ‘National Gods at the Court. Secularism and the judiciary in Nepal’, in D. Berti, G. Tarabout and R. Voix (eds), Filing Religion : State, Hinduism, and Courts of Law. Delhi, OUP: 34-68.
  • 2015. Letizia, C. ‘The “secularism case” : prosecution of a Hindu activist before a quasi-judicial authority in the Nepal Tarai’, in D. Berti and D. Bordia (eds), Regimes of Legality. Ethnography of Criminal Cases in South Asia. New Delhi, OUP: 129-170.
  • 2015. Letizia, C. ‘Shaping secularism through the judiciary in Nepal : two case studies from the Kathmandu Supreme Court’, in P. Losonczi and W. Van Herck (eds), Secularism, Religion, and Politics : India and Europe. New Delhi and Abingdon, Routledge: 190-210.
  • 2013. Letizia, C. ‘The goddess Kumari at the Supreme Court : Divine kinship and secularism in Nepal’, in L. Michelutti and A. Forbess (eds), Divine Kinship and Politics, FOCAAL, Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 67: 32- 46.
  • 2012. Letizia, C. ‘A state goddess in the new secular Nepal. Reflections on the Kumari case at the Supreme Court’, in M. Rosati and K. Stoeckl (eds), Multiple Modernities and Global Post-Secular Society. Farnham, Ashgate: 115-141.
  • 2012. Letizia, C. ‘The State of Religion in a Non-Religious State : Discourses and practices in the secular republic of Nepal. Workshop report’, European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 40: 110-115.
  • 2011. Letizia, C. ‘Shaping secularism in Nepal’ European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 39: 66-104.
  • 2010. Letizia, C. ‘The Sacred Confluence, Between Nature and Culture’, in M. Lecomte-Tilouine (ed.), Nature, Religion at the Crossroads of Asia. New Delhi, Social Science Press: 344-369.

Mara Benadusi

Associate professor in anthropology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Catania. Her research interests focus on vulnerability, resilience and risks related to disasters and environmental crises, as well as on humanitarian interventions, and the social and political consequences of the liberalization of nature and of green grabbing. She has carried out long periods of fieldwork in Sri Lanka on many occasions, first studying the emergency phase following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and later dealing with the long-term effects of the disaster in a frontier zone bordering Yala National Park. From 2015 to 2019, she carried out research on the ecological frictions affecting a large petrochemical corridor on the south-eastern coast of Siracusa, in Sicily, studying humans/animals relations, environmental struggles and the uneven topographies of energy transition. For her commitment to the study of disasters, she was awarded the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship by the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013 . She is co-founder of DICAN, Disaster and Crisis Anthropological Network within the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA).


Selected Publications

Edited Books

  • 2011 Benadusi M., C. Brambilla & B. Riccio (eds). Disasters, Development and Humanitarian Aid. New Challenges for Anthropology. RIMINI: Guaraldi.

Articles & Chapters

  • 2019 Benadusi M. « Sicilian Futures in the Making. Living Species and the Latency of Biological and Environmental Threats », Nature and Culture, vol. 4, no. 3: 79-109. https://doi.org/10.3167/nc.2019.140105
  • 2018 Benadusi M. « Oil in Sicily: Petrocapitalist imaginaries in the shadow of old smokestacks », Economic Anthropology, vol. 5, no. 1: 45-58. https://doi.org/10.1002/sea2.12101
  • 2015 Benadusi M. « Cultivating Communities after Disaster: A Whirlwind of Generosity on the Coasts of Sri Lanka », in S. Revet & J. Langumier (eds), Governing Disasters: Beyond Risk Culture, PARIS: Palgrave MacMillan / Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy: 87-126. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137435460_4
  • 2013 Benadusi M. « The Two-faced Janus of Disaster Management: Still Vulnerable Yet Already Resilient », South East Asia Research, special issue “Life After Collective Death: Part 2”, vol. 21, no. 3: 419-438. https://doi.org/10.5367/sear.2013.0164
  • 2012 Benadusi M. « The Politics of Catastrophe. Coping with “Humanitarianism” in Post-tsunami Sri Lanka », in F. Attinà (ed.). The Politics and Policies of Relief, Aid and Reconstruction. Contrasting Approaches to Disasters and Emergencies, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan 151-172. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137026736_9
  • 2011 Benadusi M. « On the Crest of the Tidal Wave: Adrift in Post-tsunami Sri Lanka », in M. Benadusi, C. Brambilla, & B. Riccio (eds), Disasters, Development and Humanitarian Aid. New Challenges for Anthropology, RIMINI: Guaraldi: 67-86.

Isacco Turina

Isacco Turina is a researcher in sociology at the University of Bologna. His fieldwork has focused on ethical living in the animal rights movement and on religious life in contemporary Catholicism.


Selected Publications

  • 2019. Turina, I. « An interpretive account of individual, nonviolent radicalization », Humanity and Society, 43(3): 250-269.
  • 2018. Turina, I. « Pride and burden: the quest for consistency in the anti-speciesist movement », Society and Animals, 26(3): 239-258.
  • 2013. Turina, I. »Vatican biopolitics », Social Compass, 60(1): 134-151.
  • 2010. Turina, I. « Ethique et engagement dans un groupe antispéciste », L’année sociologique, 60(1): 163-187.

Daniela Berti

Social anthropologist at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), member of the Centre for Himalayan Studies (CEH). Over the last ten years, Daniela’s research has focused on the ethnographic study of judicial settings in India. She has conducted research on various district courts in Himachal Pradesh (Kullu, Mandi, Shimla) on criminal cases – cannabis cultivation, drug trafficking, caste-based and dowry-related issues – and, more recently, on cases related to environment and animal rights. She carries out fieldwork at the National Green Tribunal in Delhi on cases dealing with conservation and species survival, and at the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun (Uttarakhand) where she studies how wildlife biologists assess landscape connectivity and monitor the behaviour of animal populations, thereby producing expertise that can be used in court litigation.


Selected Publications

Edited books & special issues of journals

  • (in preparation) Animal Sacrifice, Religion and Law in South Asia ed. (with Anthony Good, eds).

Articles & Chapters

  • 2015 « The Technicalities of Doubting: Temple Consultations and District Courts in India » in D. Berti, A. Good, G. Tarabout (eds), Of Doubt and Proof. Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment. Farnham, Ashgate : 19–38.
  • 2011. « Courts of Law and Legal Practice ». In I. Clark-Deces (ed.) A Companion to the Anthropology of India. Oxford, Maiden. Blackwell Publishing: 355–370.
  • 2011. « Trials, Witnesses and Local Stakes in a District Court of Himachal Pradesh (North India) ». In J. Pfaff and G. Toffin (eds) Citizenship, Democracy, and Belonging in the Himalayas. New Delhi, Sage: 290–313.
  • 2010. « Hostile Witnesses, Judicial Interactions and Out-of-Court Narratives in a North Indian District Court », Contributions to Indian Sociology, vol. 44, 3: 235–263.

Vincent Chapaux

Vincent Chapaux holds a Master in Political Science/International relations (magna cum laude, ULB, 2002), a DES (LL.M. equivalent) in international law (Magna cum Laude, ULB, 2004) a DEA in Political Sciences (magna cum laude, ULB, 2007) and a PhD in Political Sciences/international relations (ULB, 2011).

Vincent is currently lecturer (chargé de cours) at the Law Faculty and teaches International dispute settlement (Règlement des différents internationaux) and General Theory of Public International Law (Théorie générale du droit international public). In international law, Vincent’s main areas of expertise are the Theory of International Law, the Decolonization of the Western Sahara and International Animal Law. In international relations, Vincent specialized in the sociology of International relations. Vincent also runs a blog on international animal law called InternationAnimals.


Selected Publications

Edited Books

  • Forthcoming, Chapaux, Vincent, Mégret, Frédéric, Natarajan, Usha, Anthropocentrism and International Law, London, Routledge, 2022.
  • 2010 Chapaux, Vincent (dir.), Sahara occidental. Existe-t-il des recours judiciaires pour les peuples sous domination étrangère ?/Western Sahara ; Which Legal Remedies for peoples under foreign domination ?, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 138 p.

Articles & Chapters

  • 2021 Chapaux, Vincent Interspecies relations in science fiction movies and human international law in Olivier Corten, Francois Dubuisson and Martyna Falkowska-Clary, Cinematic perspectives on international law, Manchester, Manchester University Press.

Vanessa Manceron

Vanessa Manceron is an anthropologist and research fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), member of the Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative (LESC) (LESC/Université Paris Nanterre). Her research interests focus on the perceptions and the social construction of the environment in France, England and Italy. Her main areas of work concern environmental controversies, ecological threats, human-animal relationships and ecological knowledge. She is currently writing a book on amateur naturalists in England. She has published a book entitled Une terre en partage. Liens et rivalités dans une société rurale (2005, MSH), numerous articles, and several co-edited issues of journals, including « Les animaux de la discorde », « L’imaginaire écologique » and « La mesure du danger ».


Selected publications


  • 2005. Manceron, V. Une terre en partage. Liens et rivalités dans une société rurale, Paris, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Collection Ethnologie de la France.

✜ Edited Books & special issues

  • 2015. Houdart, S., V. Manceron & S. Revet (eds). La mesure du danger. Ethnologie Française, XLV.
  • 2013. Manceron, V. & M. Roué (eds). L’Imaginaire écologique. Terrain, 60.
  • 2009. Manceron, V. & M. Roué (eds). Les animaux de la discorde Ethnologie Française, XXXIX, 1.

Articles and Chapters

  • 2017. Manceron, V. « L’eau des étangs : gaz ou fluide ? De la transformation des eaux mortes en eaux vives », Techniques et Culture, 68: 26-47.
  • 2016. Manceron, V. « Exil ou agentivité : ce que l’anthropologie fabrique avec les animaux », L’Année sociologique, vol. 66, n°2: 279-298.
  • 2016. Roué, M., V. Manceron, D. Denayer, C. Mougenot & A. Doré. « Les animaux comme révélateurs et passeurs de frontières », in B. Hubert (ed.) Interdisciplinarités entre Natures et Sociétés, Colloque de Cerisy, Ed. Peter Lang, Collection « Ecopolis »: 323-334.
  • 2016. Manceron, V. « Peut-on devenir oiseau ? », in E. Grimaud, A-C. Taylor & D. Vidal (eds) Persona, étrangement humain. Arles, Editions Actes Sud.
  • 2015. Manceron, V. « What is it like to be a bird ? Imagination zoologique et proximité à distance chez les amateurs d’oiseau en Angleterre », in M. Cros, J. Bondaz & F. Laugrand (eds), Bêtes à pensées. Visions des mondes animaux. Paris, Editions des Archives Contemporaines: 117-140.
  • 2015. Houdart, S., V. Manceron & S. Revet. « Connaître et se prémunir. La logique métrique au défi des sciences sociales ». Ethnologie Française, XLV, 1: 11-18.
  • 2015. Manceron, V. « Avant que nature meure… inventorier. Le cas des naturalistes amateurs en Angleterre ». Ethnologie Française, XLV, 1: 31-44.
  • 2014. Manceron, V. « Les constructions sociales du danger : quelques usages de la notion de risque et d’infortune en sceinces sociales », in S. Lagrée (ed.), Perception et gestion des risques. Approches méthodologiques appliquées au développement. Hà Nôi, Editions Tri Thuc, Collection « Conférences et séminaires » n° 10: 37-54.
  • 2013. Manceron, V. « Recording and Monitoring: Between Two Forms of Surveillance », LIMN, N°3 « Sentinel Devices » (http://limn.it/recording-and-monitoring-between-two-forms-of-surveillance/).
  • 2012. Manceron, V. « Les vivants outragés : usages militants des corps et perceptions des animaux d’élevage chez les défenseurs de la cause animale en France », in F. Keck & N. Vialles (eds), Les hommes malades des animaux. Paris, Ed. de l’Herne, Cahiers d’Anthropologie Sociale: 57-78.
  • 2011. Keck, F. & V. Manceron. « En suivant le virus de la grippe aviaire de Hong Kong à la Dombes », in S. Houdart & O. Thiery (eds) Humains, non humains. Comment repeupler les sciences sociales. Paris, La Découverte: 65-74.

Sandrine Revet

Sandrine Revet is an anthropologist. Her first work focused on the anthropology of disasters, with a PhD on the 1999 mudflows in Venezuela (Anthropologie d’une catastrophe, Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2007). From 2008 to 2015, she conducted a multisite survey on the international world of disasters, which led her from the UN offices in Geneva to several Latin American countries where programmes to prevent or manage « natural » disasters are implemented (Les coulisses du monde des catastrophes « naturelles », Ed. FMSH, 2018 (Disasterland, An Ethnography of the International Disaster Community, Palgrave 2020).
Since 2018, she has been conducting research on the regulation of human-environmental relations in a context of crisis, based on the case of the Atrato River in Colombia, which was declared a legal entity in 2016 by Colombian Constitutional Court.


Selected Publications


  • 2020. Revet, S. Disasterland. An Ethnography of the International Disaster Community. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2018. Revet, S. Les coulisses du monde des catastrophes « naturelles », Paris, Editions Fondation MSH, coll. Le (bien) commun.
  • 2007. Revet, S. Anthropologie d’une catastrophe. Les coulées de boue de 1999 sur le Littoral central vénézuélien. Paris, Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle..

Edited Books & Special Issues

  • 2016. Benadusi, M. , & S. Revet (eds). On the Witness Stand: Environment Crises, Disasters and Social Justice. Special issue, Archivio Antropologico Mediterraneo, Anno XIX, n.18 (2).
  • 2015. Houdart, S.,V. Manceron & S. Revet (eds). La mesure du danger. Ethnologie Française, vol. 45, n°1.
  • 2013. Revet, S., & J. Langumier (eds) Le gouvernement des catastrophes. Paris, Karthala, coll. Recherches internationales. [English translation 2015, Governing Disasters. Beyond Risk Culture. New York, Palgrave MacMillan]


  • 2019. Revet, S. « Témoigner au procès de la catastrophe Xynthia. Dimensions juridiques et morales de la parole des victimes », Droit et Société, n° 102, 2019/2: 261-279.
  • 2018. Revet, S. « Contar e narrar os desastres”, Lumina, v. 12, n. 2: 5-18 [Transl. of « « Le sens du désastre. Les multiples interprétations d’une catastrophe « naturelle » au Venezuela », Terrain n°54, 2010: 10-27].
  • 2017. Revet, S. « Géographies de la catastrophe. Ordre et désordres dans la gestion des catastrophes « naturelles », Papeles del CEIC, International  Journal on Collective Identity Research vol., 2017/2, Papel 175, CEIC, UPV/EHU Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/pceic.17675
  • 2017. Gatti, G., M. Martinez & S. Revet. « Ce que la loi fait aux victimes. Construction de la figure de la « femme-victime » par la loi contre la violence de genre en Espagne », Pensée Plurielle, 2017/2 n° 45: 123-138.
  • 2016. Gatti, G., & S. Revet, « Victimes cherchent statut désespérément : le cas des « bébés volés » en Espagne », Critique internationale 2016/3 (n° 72): 93-111.
  • 2016. Revet, S. « La tempête au tribunal. Trajectoires de victimes et de prévenus au cours du procès de la tempête Xynthia en France », Archivio Antropologico Mediterraneo, anno XIX (2016), n. 18 (2): 51-64
  • 2016. Benadusi, M., & S. Revet. “Disaster trials: a step forward”, Introduction, special issue Archivio Antropologico Mediterraneo, anno XIX (2016), n. 18 (2): 7-16
  • 2015. Cabane, L., & S. Revet. « La cause des catastrophes. Concurrences scientifiques et actions politiques dans un monde transnational », Politix, n°111, vol.28: 47-67
  • 2015. Revet, S. « Compter et raconter les catastrophes », Communications, n°96 « Vivre la catastrophe »: 81-92
  • 2015. Houdart, S., V. Manceron & S. Revet.  « Connaître et se prémunir : la logique métrique au défi des sciences sociales », Introduction to S. Houdart, V. Manceron & S. Revet (eds), La mesure du danger, Ethnologie française, vol. 45, n° 1: 11-17.
  • 2013. Revet, S. ‘“A Small World”: Ethnography of a Natural Disaster Simulation in Lima, Peru‘, Social Anthropology/ Anthropologie Sociale, n°21 – 1: 38-53.