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Anne-Sylvie   Malbrancke

Adjunct/associate Researcher
CREDO - Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie
EHESS - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France)
I speak in the following language(s): French, English, Italian, Spanish, Tok Pisin

Member of
Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)
e-toile Pacifique (e-toile)
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
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20th century
21st century
Indigenous languages
Tok Pisin
  • Masters Research (2009 to 2012)
    "Les pratiques matrimoniales des Baruya de Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée : les archives de terrain de Maurice Godelier au crible des logiciels informatiques" — EHESS, CREDO, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
    This three-year research aimed at revisiting Maurice Godelier's archive, an impressive body of data gathered 40 years ago among the Baruya of Papua New Guinea. The dissertation focused mainly on kinship, and the gap between matrimonial practices and the discourse that people would have about these practices. It also reflected upon the link between land tenure and kinship, and the usage of computers and softwares in anthropology.
  • PhD Research (2012 to 2015)
    "Une épouse pour de l'argent ? Des pratiques matrimoniales en mutation et leurs répercussions socioculturelles chez les Baruya de Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée" — EHESS, CREDO
    Linking together Maurice Godelier's genealogies gathered among the Baruya of Papua New Guinea in the 60s-80s, with my own, compiled during a year-long fieldwork (2013-2014), this research aims to look into the changes that matrimonial patterns have undergone, following a series of "modernizing" factors (colonization and independence, christianization, introduction of money through cash crops, etc.). This research will also attempt to look into the way this "great-men" society is dealing with modernity, and the way its former warriors and famously violent men now interact with women, and the role the latter manage to find within the social arena.
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