Please tell us about your research project.
I am aPhD student in political theory at Sciences Po and the Université Libre in Brussels. I have graduated in political philosophy (Sorbonne Paris IV) and political theory (LSE), and I am interested in understanding how the social constitutes itself into a society, and in the role of spatiality within this process. My research thus situates at the crossroads of social theory and sociology: it relies on a Durkheimian framework confronted to the anarchist defence of place. With, as a case study, the development of short food circuits, I wish to propose a theoretical reflection on what a relocalised society may mean: a political form, calling into question the modern primacy of the state, and adapted to the possibility of founding political autonomy on local economic networks.
Could you please tell us a bit more about this scholarship/exchange programme?
I have been granted an OxPo visiting scholarship to spend one year in Oxford. This exchange programme allows social science students from both universities, Oxford and Sciences Po, to spend time in France or in the United Kingdom as a visiting scholar, either for a couple of terms, or for the whole year.
First impressions of Oxford/the University?
After barely two weeks in Oxford, I am already impressed with the city’s very stimulating atmosphere. I find the professors very approachable, and the seminars on offer very interesting. To me, it is also a very good place for writing.