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Paul Sorrentino

Paul Sorrentino
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Associate Researcher

Field: Ethnology

 

Professional contact information

trytoshakeme[at]gmail.com

 

FIELDWORK LOCATIONS

Vietnam, Hanoi and the Red River plain

 

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Education

  • 2013 - PhD in Ethnology,UniversitéParis Descartes. Highest honors. Dissertation: “Áp vong: appliquer l'âme. Rituels non-médiumniques de possession par les morts dans le nord du Vietnam,” under the direction of Pr. Richard Pottier. Committee: Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière, Richard Pottier, Oscar Salemink, Anne de Sales, Gilles Tarabout.
  • 2008 - Master’s in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ethnology.UniversitéParis Descartes. Highest honors. Thesis: “Maître de l’offrande. Lethầy cúng dans les pratiques religieuses du nord du Vietnam,”under the direction of Pr. Richard Pottier.

Professional experience

  • Since October 1st 2015 - Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Germany)
  • 2014-2015 - Postdoctoral Fellow (Germaine Tillion fellowship), Centre Asie du Sud-Est (UMR 8170 - EHESS/CNRS)
  • 2011-2013 - Adjunct Associate at the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences,UniversitéParis Descartes
  • 2008-2011- Fellowship recipient, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences,UniversitéParis Descartes

 

RESEARCH AREAS

  • Possession and shamanism
  • Ritual
  • State and religions
  • Field of the religious
  • Sciences, knowledge systems and religions
  • Heritagization of the religious
  • Anthropology of the dead
  • Pragmatic anthropology, trials

 

CURRENT RESEARCH TOPICS

  • Reinvention of the religious in post-Đổi mới Vietnam
  • Heritagization of rituals
  • Pragmatics of possession

 

WORK GROUPS

  • “Societies in Flux: Radicalities and Resiliencies” - Between the Universal and the Local - Pressure of Universalisms and Manufacture of the Religious

 

TEACHING, ADMINISTRATIVE AND RESEARCH-RELATED RESPONSIBILITIES

Teaching

  • 2011-2013- Adjunct Associate at theUniversitéParis Descartes, School of Humanities and Social Sciences:
    • 2nd-year Bachelor’s, “Ethnology 2”: reading of classic texts, introduction to ethnology’s methods and problematics
    • 1st-year Master’s, “Qualitative Methods”: course on the practice of the ethnographic survey centered on the notion of reflexivity, methodological orientation for thesis writing (Research emphasis) or internship report writing (Professionalization emphasis)
  • 2006-2008 - Tutor for 1st and 2nd year Bachelor’s students in the Social Sciences at theUniversitéParis Descartes, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Administrative and research-related responsibilities

  • Since June 2011 - Member of the AFRASE board (Association Française pour la Recherche sur l'Asie du Sud-Est—French Association for Research on Southeast Asia), treasurer since 2012

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Book chapters

  • (Under revision)- « The Ghost Room. Space, Death and Ritual in Vietnam », in Michael Dickhardt and Andrea Lauser (eds.), Religion, Place and Modernity in East and Southeast Asia, accepted book, currently being revised with Brill.

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • (In press)- « Géopolitique des religions au Vietnam. Les voies multipolaires d'une société civile confessionnelle », with Jérémy Jammes, Hérodote, n°157, spring 2015.
  • 2010 - « Maîtres et disciples dans le delta du Fleuve Rouge. Note de terrain sur les thầy cúng », Péninsule, n°60, November 2010.
  • 2010 - « Guerre, fantômes et possession dans le Vietnam contemporain », Péninsule, n°60, November 2010.

Reviews in peer-reviewed journals

  • 2015 - « Kaleidoscopes of religion : Southeast Asia and Beyond », Review of the conference entitled « Kaleidoscopes of religion : Southeast Asia and Beyond » at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), published in Anthropology Today, n°31 (2), April 2015
  • 2014 - « Consoling Ghosts. Stories of Medicine and Mourning from Southeast Asians in Exile, Jean Langford »,review published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, n°28, June 2014.

Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CASE)

UMR CNRS/EHESS 8170

54 boulevard Raspail
(6e et 7e étages)
75006 Paris

Métro : Saint Sulpice, Saint Placide, Sévres-Babylone

Tél. secrétariat :

33 (0)1 49 54 83 24
Fax : 33 (0)1 49 54 83 25

Courriel : dir.case@ehess.fr

 

Bibliothèque Archipel-CASE 

Maison de l’Asie

22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 PARIS

Métro : Iéna, Trocadéro

Tél : 33 (0)1 53 70 18 21
Fax : 33 (0)1 53 70 18 63