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Sebastien   Galliot

Research Fellow
CREDO - Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie
Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, EHESS (France)
I speak in the following language(s): Samoan, English, French

Member of
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Geographic administrative areas
Geographic places
Historical periods
First and Early contacts
The Colonial time
20th century
21st century
Indigenous languages
Samoan, Maori
  • PhD Research (2003 to 2010)
    Technical and cultural change in the Samoan ritual tattooing — EHESS-CREDO-CNRS-NIVEA
    This project included a 25 month of fieldwork in Samoa and New Zealand mainly with samoan tattooing experts.
    Its main goal was to document the social and technical implementation of the ritual its modes of transmission.
  • Museographic Research (2007 to 2014)
    Workshop designer and Scientific curator — musée du quai Branly
    Since 2007, I've been involved in the creation of several workshop about tattooing and body arts around the world for the general public of the museum.
    I've worked as scientific curator for the "Paul Jacoulet" and for the "Tattoo" exhibition.
  • Consulting Work (2010 to 2010)
    Intangible Heritage and Creative Industries — UNESCO (Apia, Samoa)
    This consulting work aimed 1) at assessing the possibility for the Samoa traditional tattooing to be listed as an element of Intangible Heritage and 2) Surveying the local potentialities (art schools) to develop a program that would help the samoan ex-convicts and deportees to generate incomes in the field of creative industries (tattooing, carving, painting, etc.)
  • Academic Position (2011 to 2012)
    Towards a technological approach to ritual transmission — Musée du quai Branly
  • Academic Position (2012 to 2013)
    SAmoan Tattooing: transnational transmission, creative and cognitive processes — LabEx "Creation, Arts and Heritage" - IIAC-Lahic, Paris
  • Teaching Experiences (2012 to 2017)
    Adjunct Professor in Anthropology — Aix-Marseille-Université
    - Anthropology of Oceania
    - Economical Anthropology
    - Anthropology of Techniques and Material Culture
    - Anthropology of Art
  • Academic Position (2018 to now)
    Tenure researcher — CNRS
    Working on an ongoing project which aims at exploring mobilities of artefacts, goods and valuables in Micronesia.
    Since 2019, I am involved in an parallel ethnographic works:
    1) Betel nut trade between Yap, Guam and Saipan
    2) Assessing contemporary use of Yapese shell and stone "money"
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