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authors on tour Beatriz Preciado has become one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexuality. A professor of Political History of the Body, Gender Theory, and History of Performance at Paris VIII, she is also the author of Manifiesto contrasexual, which has become a queer theory classic, and Pornotopía: Architecture and Sexuality in Playboy During the Cold War, which has was a finalist for the 2010 Anagrama Essay Prize. She received her PhD in the Theory of Architecture at Princeton and her Masters in Contemporary Philosophy and Gender Theory at the New School for Social Research in New York.
authors on tour Pascal Dibie is a professor of ethnology at the University of Paris Diderot-Paris 7, where he is co-director of the division of sciences of the city. He is the author of a two-part ethnology of a village in Burgundy that has become a classic in the discipline: Le Village retrouvé, ethnologie de l’intérieur (Grasset, 1979) and thirty years later, Le village métamorphosé, révolution dans la France profonde (Plon, 2006). He is also the author of Ethnologie de la chambre à coucher, which has been translated into fifteen languages and has sold 30,000 copies.
authors on tour Michèle Audin is a French mathematician, and a professor at the Institut de recherche mathématique avancée (IRMA) in Strasbourg (France), where she does research notably in the area of symplectic geometry. Born in 1954, she is a former student of l’École normale supérieure de jeunes filles within the École normale supérieure de Sèvres. Audin became a member of the OuLiPo in 2009.
authors on tour Peter Szendy (born 1966 in Paris) is a French philosopher and musicologist. He teaches at the Université de Paris X Nanterre and is a consultant to IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique), an organization that has been a pioneer in electroacoustic innovation and a mecca for contemporary music.
authors on tour Frédéric Boyer is the author of more than 30 books. For years, his works have oscillated between personal writings and the reinterpretation and translation of major ancient texts. He’s notably undertaken, with a number of contemporary writers (Olivier Cadiot, Jean Echenoz, Florence Delay, Jacques Roubaud, Marie Ndiaye, Valère Novarina among others), a new translation of the bible, which was published by Bayard in 2001.
authors on tour Vinciane Despret was born in Anderlecht, Belgium and grew up near Liège, where she still lives today. Initially a philosophy student, she quickly went back to school to study psychology. Shortly thereafter she discovered ethology, the study of animal behavior, and gained a passion for the humans who work with animals. Her career vacillated between human psychology and ethology and, wanting to combine them, she became interested in what she calls “the political consequences of our theoretical choices.” She then began studying both “how to live” with animals and the issues raised by human psychotherapeutic practices.