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Maëlle   Calandra

Postdoctoral Fellow
CREDO - Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie
Labex corail / PSL (France)
Website(s):
[ https://www.pacific-credo.fr/index.php/fr/9-categorie-fr-fr/61-maelle-calandra ]

I speak in the following language(s): French, Italian, English, Bislama

About
I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow at EPHE (Labex Corail/PSL), a research associate at the CREDO (UMR 7308 AMU-CNRS- EHESS), and a lecturer in the University of Paris Sciences & Lettres for the summer class on “Coral Reefs” at the CRIOBE research station (Mo’orea Island, French Polynesia). I specialise in Pacific societies, particularly in rural Vanuatu. My work sits at the nexus of theorisations of disaster and anthropology of nature; more specifically I am investigating how the notion of catastrophe is closely intertwined with relationships between people and their environment. My postdoctoral fellowship focuses on sea tenure, coastal fisheries resources management and perceptions of climate change in Vanuatu. I have previously worked on several related projects: ANR 2010-STRA-011-05: “Ecosystèmes, territoires, ressources vivantes et agricultures au Vanuatu [Végé-Culture]”, with the European Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS) and for the French Foundation/Collège de France on a project entitled “Une étude comparative des savoirs et perceptions locales des zones coralliennes incluses dans les territoires maritimes français”. I have published peer-reviewed articles and I am currently completing a book based on my PhD dissertation, and co-editing a double special issue on natural disasters in Oceania for the journal Anthropological Forum.
Specialities
Discipline(s)
Anthropology
Environmental sciences
Member of
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Société des Océanistes (SdO)
e-toile Pacifique (e-toile)
Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)
Geographic administrative areas
Geographic places
Melanesia
Historical periods
21st century
Indigenous languages
Bislama, Efate, North, Namakura
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Experiences
  • Masters Research (2011 to 2012)
    « Une ethnographie des jardins de subsistance à Tanna (Vanuatu): horticulture et "catastrophes" » — EHESS, CREDO, ANR-2010-STRA-011-05 « Ecosystèmes, territoires, ressources vivantes et agricultures au Vanuatu [Végé-Culture] »
    This thesis concerns the inhabitants of Lamlu, a village in the Central Region-Bush, on the island of Tanna (Vanuatu). It deals with issues relating to ownership and usage, both symbolic and material, between horticulturists and their gardens, which are frequently subjected to "disasters". This research attempts to capture how clearings in these environments are associated with interpretative systems enabling growers to identify, classify, prevent and anticipate "catastrophes" in the making. This study also attempts to understand the socially constructed relationships that the inhabitants form with nature and with natural disasters.
  • PhD Research (2012 to 2017)
    JARDINS DE TERRE, JARDINS DE MER À TONGOA (VANUATU) Une anthropologie de la nature domestique dans un milieu affecté par la catastrophe — EHESS
    Based on seventeen months of fieldwork carried out between 2013 and 2015 on Tongoa, an island in the archipelago of Vanuatu, the present PhD dissertation and its underlying reflection aim to study domesticated spaces, both on the ground and in the sea. This research explores and follows the logics of subsistence gardens, underlying the relationships cultivated both between islanders and these spaces, and between them and the non-human entities inhabiting their world. Such an approach helps underline how the land and the sea are conceptualised in a common frame of understanding, and shows how both spaces equally build up the way of living and thinking of those who create them and tap into their resources. The environment of the Man-Tongoa bears the weight of potential disasters, whose very contingency is an inescapable given of daily reality. The appropriated spaces are regularly shattered, sometimes even temporarily wrecked, by large-scale seismic or climatic events – as demonstrated by the cyclone Pam, which took place in March 2015. The ethnography of this event and the analysis of the various phenomena pertaining to the local category of disasta demonstrate how the notion of disaster is locally constructed, when “tradition”, Christian denominations, and NGOs offer non mutually intelligible or compatible explanations.
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