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Affektiver Handel – Globale Wertekonflikte in unterschiedlichen Wahrnehmungen von Tierwelt

Projektbeschreibung:

In den letzten Jahrzehnten hat die Sorge um gefährdete Tierarten auf der ganzen Welt zugenommen. Der Konsum spezifischer Tierarten, wie beispielsweise Wildfleisch oder Walfang provoziert kulturelle Konflikte, bei denen die Verteidiger traditioneller Praktiken oft auf internationale NGOs treffen. Die Konflikte über den Schutz oder den Konsum von Wildtieren verbinden drei Kernbereiche gegenwärtiger anthropologischen Forschung: Moralökonomie, Globalisierungsprozesse sowie Mensch-Tierverhältnisse. Der vorliegende Forschungsantrag untersucht diese drei Themen unter Berücksichtigung der Moralökonomie als zentrale Dimension. Das Verhältnis von Schutz und Konsum von Wildtieren wird unter besonderer Bezugnahme auf die emotionalen Beziehungen zu Wildtieren der unterschiedlichen Akteure betrachtet. Insbesondere ist von Interesse, wie die Emotionen mit den materiellen Lebensbedingungen dieser Gruppen verknüpft sind.Die Thematik wird anhand einer ethnographischen Fallstudie zum internationalen Handel von Seepferdchen auf Madagaskar bearbeitet. Madagaskar gilt als "Hotspot der Biodiversität", während China häufig die Gefährdung unterschiedlichsten Tierarten, unter anderem auch Seepferdchen für den kulinarischen und medizinischen Konsum, vorgeworfen wird. Entlang der internationalen Handelswege von Seepferdchen soll untersucht werden, wie unterschiedliche Akteure im Seepferdchenhandel, Seepferdchenkonsum oder Seepferdchenschutz involviert sind. Im Interesse steht die jeweilige emotionale Bedeutung der Tiere für madagassische Fischer, chinesische Händler und traditionelle chinesische Medizinärzte, Konsumenten sowie Vertreter internationaler Naturschutz-NGOs. Am Beispiel des internationalen Seepferdehandels können die materiellen, politischen und menschlichen Bedingungen unterschiedlicher Formen von Mensch-Tierbeziehung sichtbar gemacht und Globalisierungsprozesse auf der Ebene individueller Emotionen untersucht werden.

Dr. Jean-Baptiste Pettier

Pettier

Freie Universität Berlin

Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie

SFB 1171 "Affective Societies"

Projektleiter

Co-organizer of the DFG Research Network "Anthropology and China(s): Co-constructions of Ethnographic and Academic Regions" from the German Anthropological Association’s Regional Group Anthropology of China

Adresse
Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie
Landoltweg 9-11
14195 Berlin

Brief personal description 

Doctor in social anthropology with a large interdisciplinary background in social sciences and a specialization in Chinese society, my main research thematics concern sentiments, affect, and morality, and their relationships with political and economic conditions.

Academic Education

2015

PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology of the EHESS Paris (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France), with a specific ‘European PhD’ label and highest honors.

2009

BA in Chinese Language and Civilization, from Langues'O [French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), Paris.]

2008

MA in Political Sciences, Compared Politics of Asia, at Sciences Po Paris, with high honors.

2007

MA in Anthropology, at the EHESS Paris, with highest honors.

2005

BA in Political Sciences, from Université Lyon 2.

2005

BA in Sociology and Anthropology, from Université Lyon 2.

Academic Work Experience

2021-2024

P.I. of personal project, financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Freie Universität Berlin. Germany.

2020 (spring-summer semester)

Visiting Professor (W2 Vertretungsprofessor) for Public Anthropology. University of Bremen. Germany.

2018-2019

Invited Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA.

2017-2019

Dahlem Research School Postdoctoral Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Employed within the Affective Societies Collaborative Research Center.

2015-2017

Postdoc Research Fellow at the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology of the University of Cologne, Germany.

2014-2015

Research Fellow and Junior Scientific Coordinator at the Political Sciences Department of Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, within the Interdisciplinary Center for East Asian Studies [Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Ostasienstudien], for the interdisciplinary research program "Protecting the Weak", financed by the Volkswagen Foundation.

2012-2014

Temporary Assistant Professor (ATER) in Political Sciences at the Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC), France, in the department of International Exchange and Administration.

2011

Adjunct professor in charge of a course on Anthropology of East Asia (China, Korea, Japan) for undergraduate students at Université Paris 8, France.

2007-2010

PhD contract from the French National Ministry for Higher Education and Research.

 

University of Bremen

2020:
-“Kulturtheorien in Geschichte und Gegenwart”
-“Wirtschaft und Kultur”
-“Transforming China(s): Current Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Chinese World”
-“Is this Love? Anthropological Perspectives on Romantic Attachment and Marriage Across Societies”

University of California, Los Angeles

2019:
-“Ideology and Social Change in Contemporary China” (Anthro 163P)

University of Cologne

2016-2017:
-“Economics and Morality” (taught with Tijo Salverda)
-“Gender and Sexuality in China”

2015-2016:
-“The Anthropology of Emotions — Comparative Perspectives”
-“The Anthropology of Love — Comparative Perspectives”

Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC)

2013-2014:
-“Sociology of China — An introduction to Chinese society”

2012-2013-2014:
-“The sociology and psycho-sociology of Organizations”

2012-2013:
-“The body, between nature and culture, an introduction to sociology”

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

2012-2013:
-“Sociology and Affect” (taught with Sébastien Roux (CNRS) and Manuela Salcedo).

Université Paris 8

2010-2011:

-“Anthropology of Eastern Asia – China, Korea, Japan”

Research Seminars:

Freie Universität Berlin

2017-2018:
-“Gender and Affect” (with J.C. Lanca, Sophie Nikoleit and Matthias Lüthjohann)

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

2013-2014:
-“A ‘moral crisis’ in China? Anthropological gazes on the debates and tensions of Today's China” (with Elisa Cencetti).


2011-2012-2013-2014:
-“The Political Economies of Sentiments” (with  Manuela Salcedo, Mathieu Trachman, and Michela Villani).

Aktuelles Projekt:

Affektiver Handel – Globale Wertekonflikte in unterschiedlichen Wahrnehmungen von Tierwelt

Previous Research Project (PhD defended at the EHESS in October 2015):

The Sentimental Wars. A Moral Anthropology of China’s Urban Marriage Market in the Years 2000s.

This ethnographic study, based on fieldwork research carried out in Beijing and Chengdu between 2006 and 2010, explored the transformation of the urban marriage market in China. It did so through the prism of one social institution : the xiāngqīn, a traditional form of marriage intermediation, which is presently undergoing a reinvention. Through a series of places (marriage agencies, parental and bachelors’ gatherings), my study examined a number of twentieth century key issues (the opposition to arranged marriages, the political place of love, the importance of social ties (guānxì), the role of traditional thoughts like "confucianism", etc.) The study examined this phenomenon in its actuality and its transversality, giving accounts of its social, economic, and historical dimensions, and awarding a particular importance to what I name the "affective scope" of the research. The study revealed the "sentimental politics" behind it, as they were helpful to think the social and cultural discriminations it holds. It payed careful attention to the intellectual debates concerning the place awarded to love in the Chinese society, which have been particularly relevant through the modernization process. Furthermore, it elaborated a critical analysis of their present uses. Through them, and through the omnipresent moral debates on today's China’s public stage, the transformation of the Chinese subject is observed. The study of this phenomenon therefore allows an exploration of the social and personal consequences of the political, economic, and demographic changes experienced by Chinese society from thirty years onward and the pressure it induced on the younger generations.

This PhD thesis is accessible online on the French Open Archives Repository HALhttps://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-01972770/document 

Following Project 

Desire Economics: Affect and Social Competition in Chinese Megacities

This project follows my previous research concerning the phenomenon of marriage markets in present-day China, the importance granted to love in the Chinese political context, and my theoretical work on the importance of affect in the ethnographic understanding of society (Pettier 2016). It is based on a long-term ethnographic research carried out in the cities of Beijing and Chengdu between 2006 and 2010, and will examine the affective dynamics of the Chinese society and the notion that it may be undergoing “moral crisis.” The project’s ambition is to provide a sensitive ethnography of the affective economy behind the social competition for economic success operating amongst today’s Chinese new generations. In particular, it will focus on questions of intimacy, sexuality, social pressures to attain success, self-sacrifice, and individual engagement in professional careers. Allying a long-term ethnography of China with the most recent theories of affective economy and politics, this research will focus on the affective drive, which I will refer to here as a “desire economics,” behind the extreme level of socio-economic competition experienced by Chinese new generations.

On Affect and Morality in Human-Animals Relationships:

-2020, "Saving China’s Dogs. Social Transformation and Moral Conflicts in Chinese Society.” Critical Asian Studies 53(1): 1-18. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14672715.2020.1830817

-2019, “Re-Enchanting the World: Seahorses’ Magic and the Global Trade of Affect for Wildlife,” in Michael Bollig and Stefanie Gänger (eds.), “Forum: Commodifying the “Wild”: Anxiety, Ecology and Authenticity in the Late Modern Era,Environmental History 24(4): 711-717. https://academic.oup.com/envhis/article/24/4/665/5571066#303908826 [Open Access]

-2018, “Animal Protection in China and Japan. The ambiguous status of companion animals in rapidly changing societies,” co-authored with Kazushige Doi, as part of the volume Protecting the Weak in East Asia. Framing, Mobilisation and Institutionalisation, edited by Iwo Amelung, Moritz Bälz, Heike Holbig, Matthias Schumann, and Cornelia Storz. London: Routledge: 196-223. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781351255554-8/animal-protection-china-japan-kazushige-doi-jean-baptiste-pettier


On Love and Matchmaking:

-2022, “‘A Question of Bank Notes, Cars, and Houses!’ Matchmaking and the Moral Economy of Love in Urban China.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 64(2). [Open Access]

-2020, “Marrying the Perfect Child. Middle Class Norms and Intergenerational Arrangements in the Marriage Corners of Urban China.” Ethnography 0(0): 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/1466138120960512 [Open Access]

-2019, “La réinvention des marieuses. Ethnographie d’une agence matrimoniale en Chine urbaine,” L’Homme 229: 77-98. https://www.cairn.info/revue-l-homme-2019-1-page-77.htm [Open Access]

-2019, "The reinvention of matchmakers. Ethnography of a Marriage Agency in Urban China,” L’Homme 229: I-XXII. https://www.cairn-int.info/abstract-E_LHOM_229_0077--the-reinvention-of-matchmakers.htm [Open Access]

-2019, “Love: Culturally Specific or Universal?,” in Hermann Kappelhoff, Jan-Hendrik Bakels, Christina Schmitt, and Hauke Lehmann (eds.), Emotionen. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch [Emotions. An interdisciplinary handbook], Stuttgart/Weimar: J.B. Metzler: 195-199. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-476-05353-4_29

-2018, “Ambivalences affectives. Le critère sentimental dans le choix du conjoint en Chine urbaine contemporaine” [Affective Ambivalences. The Sentimental Criteria in Mate Choice in Today’s Urban China], in Capdeville, Catherine and Delphine Ortis, Les institutions de l’amour: Cour, amour, mariage. Enquêtes anthropologiques en Asie et dans l’océan indien [Institutions of Love: Courtship, Love and Marriage in Asia and the Indian Ocean], Paris: Presses de l’Inalco: 155-79. https://books.openedition.org/pressesinalco/18576 [Open Access]

-2017, "La fatalité des meiren : Usages de l’histoire des marieuses traditionnelles comme justification à l’intermédiation matrimoniale en Chine contemporaine” [The Fate of Meiren: Uses of the History of Traditional Matchmakers as a Justification for Marriage Brokering in Contemporary China], Études Chinoises2017-1 (XXXVI-I): 79-103.


On Gender and Sexuality in China:

-2018, "La morale et le désir. Sexualité, genre et inégalité en Chine.” Autrepart 86: 3-21. https://www.cairn.info/revue-autrepart-2018-2-page-3.htm

-2018, "Morality and Desire. Sexuality, Gender and Inequality in Contemporary China,” Autrepart 86: I-XVIII. https://www.cairn-int.info/article-E_AUTR_086_0003--morality-and-desire-sexuality-gender.htm

-2010, "Politiques de l’amour et du sexe dans la Chine de la ‘révolution sexuelle’” [Politics of love and sex in the China of the ‘sexual revolution’], in Genre, Sexualité et Société, n°3 "Révolution / Libération" | Spring 2010. http://gss.revues.org/index1381.html [Open Access]


On Affect and Research Methodology:

-2021, “Affected Methodologies – A few steps on the way.” In Nothing personal?! Essays on Affect, Gender and Queerness. Edited by Omar Kasmani, Matthias Lüthjohann, Sophie Nikoleit and Jean-Baptiste Pettier, b_books, Berlin, Germany. [Open Access]

-2016, “The Affective Scope: Entering China’s Urban Moral and Economic World through Its Emotional Disturbances,” Anthropology of Consciousness, 2016, Vol. 27(1): 75-96. https://doi.org/10.1111/anoc.12054