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Homage to Françoise Héritier

Thursday 07th October 2010 from 18h30 to 20h00
Salle 2 / Grand Amphithéâtre

Debate session with a short film screening.

Homage to Françoise Héritier, guest of honor of the Pariscience festival

May anyone joke with their mother-in-law? That mischievous question and its wise answer are a subjet of amusement to Françoise Heritier. A researcher with an outstanding career. This remarkable woman of great humanity and original ideas has been working for years on the important issues of our society moved by a personal commitment, while not forgetting her own discipline, namely anthropology. She has been working on topics such as kinship, violence, relationships between men and women, the rights of the weakest.

A meeting with Françoise Heritier is a sheer delight!

Françoise Héritier

Directed by
Anne Papillault, Jean-François Dars, Jean-Pierre Mirouze
Written by
Anne Papillault, Jean-François Dars, Jean-Pierre Mirouze
Produced by
CNRS Images, ministère délégué à la Recherche et aux Nouvelles technologies

Documentary, France, 2003, 5 min

François Héritier is Emeritus Professor at the Collège de France, head of the chair of Comparative Studies of African Societies. After studying history geography, and ethnology at La Sorbonne, she went on a one-year mission (in 1957-1958) to Upper-Volta, studying the social aspects of local development programme, wich lead her to later focus on African ethnology. After a certain time devoted to the creation of a documentary language for social sciences in order to computerize information research, she spends almost five years in Africa -starting in 1958- accomplishing nine missions of field work with the samo, pana and mossi people, and more sporadically with bobo and dogon people (Burkina-Faso and Mali).

Her career continues from 1959 to 1966 at the VIth section of the École pratique des hautes études, where she supervises from 1961 to 1966 the Centre d'analyse documentaire pour l'Afrique noire. In 1967, she joins the CNRS (social anthropology laboratory) which she leaves in 1982. In 1980 she is elected study Director at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and keeps on working there after her election at the Collège de France in 1982 while still teaching at the social anthropology laboratory where she succeeded to Claude Lévi-Strauss. She retired in 1999.


Know more

  • More info on the film Françoise Héritier, la pensée de la différence, on France 5 website