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Blumer Stéphane

by Blumer Stéphane - published on

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Supervisor: Dr.Marc Abélès

Research key concerns

Social Hacking and production of common
Political anthropology of art activism practices between Europe and China

Investigating the notions of agency and emancipation, this research carries out fieldwork analysis on censorship and self-censorship within activist-art organisations between Europe and China.
The objective is to produce a political anthropology of art offering new theoretical and practical tools to overturn the connivance between the arts and the dominant system of capital production in relation to a global tendency of depoliticisation of both cultural producers and audiences.
This research is part of the debates on the re-appropriation of counterculture aesthetics by the neoliberal system within the (ab)use of critical artistic strategies and its ideologies of creativity, flexibility, autonomy and anti-hierarchical claims.

Fieldwork: creative activism networks between Europe and China.

Keywords: agency, emancipation, alter-politics, anarchism, creative activism, censorship and self-censorship, hacktivisme, creative commons.


Since 2015 PhD in Social Anthropology, EHESS, Paris, FR
2015 Saas-Fee Institute of Art, The European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, CH
2010–2012 MA (HONS) Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
2007–2010 BA (HONS) Fine Art, HEAD, Haute Ecole D’Art et Design, Geneva, CH

Professional Experiences
2016 Lecturer, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris, FR UFR Department of Psychology and Education Sciences (SPSE) TD Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology, BA1

2016 Visiting Lecturer , School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris, FR Seminar Arts, Politics and Anthropology – with Dr. Véronique Bénéï.

2016 Referent Lecturer, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris, FR PhD seminar CLC - Reading group of the Capital, K.Marx, with Ana Maria Guerrero

2015 Guest Lecturer, MA and BA, Fine Art, Bath Spa School of Art and Design, UK
Since 2014 Founder, Curator — Assembly Passage Project, Whitechapel, London, UK
2012-2014 Represented artist — BYCR Gallery, Milan, IT
2011-2013 Represented artist — La Scatola Gallery, London, UK


Full Professional Proficiency: French (mother tongue), English, Portuguese, Spanish
Intermediary: German
Beginner: Chinese Mandarin / perfect fluency in Pinyin.

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