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« Emmanuel Terray. Entretien avec Alain Morel »

Alain Morel
Emmanuel Terray
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“ Emmanuel Terray. Interview with Alain Morel ”, collection “L’Ethnologie en héritage”, n°17, director : Gilles Le Mao ; producers : Gilles Le Mao & Stéphane Jourdain /La Huit, 2014, 180 min.


Emmanuel Terray, agrégé of philosophy of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, began his career as an anthropologist in the early 1960s. He taught at the University of Abidjan, where he was appointed in 1964, and conducted his first research on the Dida of the Ivory Coast. A disciple of Georges Balandier, who drew his inspiration from British dynamic anthropology rooted in contemporary history, he set out to create a political anthropology that could be included in a Marxist analysis. His main thesis, centred on the history of the Abron kingdom of Gyaman since the 15th century, is a historical and political anthropology. Back in Paris, he taught at the University of Paris-VIII. He was then elected director of studies at the EHESS and directed the Centre for African Studies from 1984 to 1991. He then spent three years in Berlin as a researcher and joined the Centre d’anthropologie des mondes contemporains at EHESS. In addition to his anthropological and philosophical work, Emmanuel Terray is also the author of more personal essays, which are also the expression of his history and his political and militant commitments.

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