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Pétrémont Mélanie

 

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Mélanie PETREMONT, teaching assistant

Mélanie-Evely Pétrémont is PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the Department of Geography and Environment since September 2016. She obtained a master's degree in sociology at the University of Geneva. Her sociology thesis is on Marian apparitions and urban space in Fátima, Portugal. She also obtained a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Paris 8 - Vincennes Saint-Denis where she studied in her thesis the concepts of life and resistance based on the work of Georges Canguilhem, Michel Foucault and Judith Butler.

She is Visiting scholar at the CRIA (Research Center for Anthropology), University of Lisbon in the fall semester 2020.


Research

Her doctoral research, supervised by Prof. Jean-François Staszak (Unige) and Prof. Philomena Essed (Antioch University), focuses on everyday racism and the mobilization of humor in the theatrical performance of black actresses in Europe, based on ethnographic case studies in Switzerland and Portugal.

She has previously collaborated on several research projects, in philosophy and epistemology of life sciences (Paris-Sorbonne - France), in sociology of social movements (University of Geneva, City University London), on anti-black racism in Switzerland (University of Geneva / Swiss Migration Forum). She participated in the program of the Bank of Images and Visual Effects (BIEV) within the Visual Anthropology Unit of the UFRGS (Brazil).
 

Research interests

Black geographies, black feminism, decolonial, postcolonial and critical race studies, cultural studies, visual anthropology, epistemology of social sciences, antiracisms, performance, humour.

 

Awards

Winner of the Tremplin 2020 grant. Presentation available here.


Teaching

Mélanie is involved in the Bachelor's program in geography (cultural geography; quantitative methods) and the Master's program in political and cultural geography (documentary production workshop; qualitative methods).

Publications

dos Santos Pinto, Jovita, Pamela Ohene-Nyako, Mélanie-Evely Pétrémont, Anne Lavanchy, Barbara Lüthi, Patricia Purtschert, Damir Skenderovic (dir.). Un/doing Race: Racialisation en Suisse/Rassifizierung in der Schweiz. Seismo Verlag, 2022 (open access) https://www.seismoverlag.ch/fr/daten/un-doing-race-f/

Efionayi-Mäder Denise, Ruedin Didier, Michel Noémi, Jain Rohit (2017), Etat des lieux du racisme anti-Noir·e en Suisse. Etude exploratoire à l’attention du Service de lutte contre le racisme (SLR), SFM Studies #67f, Université de Neuchâtel

Colonial Switzerland. Rethinking Colonialism from the Margins (2015), de Purtschert Patricia, Fischer-tiné Harald [eds.] Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, Tsantsa, Volume 21, Septembre 2016, pp. 181-183.

Chimienti Milena, Cattacin Sandro et Mélanie Pétrémont (2010). Des organisations impossibles ? Vulnérabilités et citoyennetés urbaines – une perspective comparative. Genève, Londres: Université de Genève, City University London


Recent Communications

"Laughing back at racism and whiteness in Europe. A swiss case study". Conference On the Matter of Blackness in Europe: Transnational Perspectives, UCLA, USA, October 2019.

With Noémi Michel "Dans le train, j'existais en triple": racialization of black bodies in public transport. Study day What spaces? What kind of public? The public space: constructions, dispersions, inversions, University of Geneva, October 2017.

"Exoticized Representations and counter-representations in Black Stand-up performances in Switzerland", AAG Annual Conference, Boston USA, April 2017.

"Humor as a technique of resistance of Black women in the Afropean space. A postcolonial perspective". Workshop Moving, moving, moving. Feminist, black and decolonial polysemies of the movement. Institute of Gender Studies, PostCit/Incite University of Geneva, March 2017. http://www.unige.ch/etudes-genre/files/1614/8708/3877/FlyerA5.pdf


Medias

"On n’a pas envie d’entendre qu’en suisse le racisme existe"[https://www.letemps.ch/societe/on-na-envie-dentendre-quen-suisse-racisme-existe]. Entretien avec Safi Martin Yé. Le Temps, 8 août 2020.

"L'humour de confinement. A qui le privilège de la blague en temps de pandémie?"[ https://www.heidi.news/sante/l-humour-de-confinement-a-qui-le-privilege-de-la-blague-en-temps-de-pandemie], article en ligne, Heidi news, 28 mai 2020.

Avec le groupe PostCit: "Un 8 mars postcolonial" [https://www.letemps.ch/opinions/un-8-mars-postcolonial]. Le Temps, 6 mars 2017.

Le sens des échanges, article sur l'appropriation culturelle. Le Courrier, 27 octobre 2017


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MÉLANIE PÉTRÉMONT

PhD student and teaching assistant

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