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Blumer Stéphane

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Supervisor: Dr.Marc Abélès

Research key concerns

Hacking the Social
an anthropology of art practices within social activism.

This research investigates the notion of social innovation by carrying out a multi-sited fieldwork analysis in networked communities that link the cultures of entrepreneurship, self-management, hacktivisme and artistic practices in Europe (Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, England, Belgium, Switzerland).

It focuses specifically on observing ecosystemic governance models derived from the ideologies and practices of the decentralisation movement within networked community projects, the (re) production of open source knowledge and the original socio-political paradigms stemming from them.

The aim is to produce a social anthropology of innovation offering original theoretical and practical tools, in order to decenter the logics of connivance between creative practices and the dominant system of capital production and depoliticisation trends, both actors and institutions of European social innovation.

This investigation is part of current debates in Social Sciences around the reappropriation of the values ​​of countercultures and their modes of governance by the market economy within the extraction of critical strategies, including the ideologies of creativity, flexibility, desire for relative autonomy and anti-hierarchical claims.

Fieldwork: Convergence of networked communities in the fields of socio-political activism and social innovation in Europe.

Keywords: social innovation, social entrepreneurship, hacker, open source, self-management, decentralization, culture 3.0, society 3.0, anti-hierarchy, commons movements, contemporary art networks, co-living and co-working.


Since 2015 PhD in Social Anthropology, EHESS, Paris, FR (current)
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
Since 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

Since 2017 Referent Lecturer – School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris, FR Seminar of Centre - (Un)ruling others and the self - with Olivier Coulaux

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

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

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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