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CV

 

Current position

since 2011

  • Professor-researcher in CIESAS (Mexico City)

Academic appointment

2008-2010

  • Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen,The Netherlands) in the Language and Cognition Group under the direction of Stephen Levinson. Project's title: "Categories across language and cognition (CATs)."

2006/2007

  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA) under the direction of Professor Douglas Medin. Project’s title: “Space Knowledge Distribution and Transmission among Three Maya Groups (Mexico and Guatemala)”, Post doctoral Fyssen Foundation Fellowship.

Education

2002-2006
  • PhD in Anthropology: Doctorat d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative à l’Université de Paris X-Nanterre, France. L’organisation et l’apprentissage de l’espace chez les Mayas Yucatèques du Quintana Roo, Mexique
2004/2005
  • DULCO langue et Civilisation Maya (Equivalent to a Undergraduate's Degree in Maya language and civilization)
2001/2002
  • DEA d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative à l’Université de Paris X-Nanterre (Equivalent to a Postgraduate Degree in Anthropology)
  • CLC Maya Civilization, INALCO, 2nd year
2000/2001
  • Maîtrise d’ethnologie à l’Université de Paris V (Sorbonne) (French equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Anthropology)
  • CLC Maya Civilization, INALCO, 1st year
1999/2000
  • Licence d’ethnologie à l’Université de Paris V-Sorbonne (French equivalent to a Undergraduate's Degree in Anthropology)
1998/1999
  • Maîtrise d’histoire à l’Université de Nantes (French equivalent to a Master’s Degree in History)
1997/1998
  • Licence d’Histoire à l’Université de Nantes (French equivalent to a Undergraduate's Degree in History)

 

Fieldwork experience

  • 2012-2013 dec-Jan [Kopchen, Q. Roo – Chemax , Yuc., Mexico] Colection of data for the ZiF project, transcription of Yucatec Maya Sign Language data
  • 2012 June-Aug [Kopchen, Q. Roo – Chemax & Chickan, Yuc., Mexico] Ethnographic data collection of natural conversation, colection of data for the ZiF project, colection of Yucatec Maya Sign Language data
  • 2011 July-Aug [Kopchen, Q. Roo – Chemax & Chickan, Yuc., Mexico] Ethnographic data collection of natural conversation, colection of Yucatec Maya Sign Language data
  • 2010 June-Aug [Kopchen, Q. Roo – Chemax , Yuc., Mexico] Ethnographic data collection of natural conversation (Multimodal Interaction Project), collection of Yucatec Maya quotable gesture
  • 2009 June-Aug [Kopchen, Q. Roo – Chemax & Chickan, Yuc., Mexico] Ethnographic data collection of natural conversation (Multimodal Interaction Project), Ethnographic data collection and running experimental tasks concerning categories of perception, gesture and sign language.
  • 2008 June-Aug [Kopchen, Q. Roo - Chemax, Yucatán, Mexico] Ethnographic data collection of natural conversation (Multimodal Interaction Project), supernatural entities, ideophones and emotions, running experimental tasks concerning gesture, categories of perception, lie, truth and morality, ideophones and emotions
  • 2007 Mar-Sep [Kopchen, Q. Roo, Mexico - San José Itza’ & San Luis Mopan, Petén, Guatemala] Ethnographic survey concerning the distribution and the transmission of knowledge concerning Supernatural Entities and the role of experts in Three Maya Groups (Yucatec, Itza’ and Mopan)
  • 2005 Oct - Jan 2006 [Kopchen, Q. Roo, Mexico - San Luis Mopan, Guatemala] Ethnographic survey concerning ancestor’s worship during All Souls' Days. Ethnographic survey concerning childhood and learning processes. First contact with Mopan language and culture in the village of San Luis, Guatemala
  • 2005 May-Jun [San José Itza’, Petén, Guatemala] Learning of the Itza' Maya language. Fieldwork and data recollection on knowledge transmission processes and ecological consciousness among Itza' Maya and Ladinos in Petén, in collaboration with the University of Michigan and the Northwestern University under the direction of prof. D. Medin and S. Atran. Ethnographic survey concerning funerary customs and oral literature regarding death and ancestors worship among Itza'
  • 2004 Mar-Aug [Kopchen, Q. Roo, Mexico] Ethnographic survey concerning childhood and learning processes.
  • 2003 May-Aug [Kopchen, Q. Roo, Mexico] Setting up of experimental protocols concerning cognitive perception of space (space games and psycholinguistic experiments)
  • 2002 Nov -Feb 2003 [Kopchen, Q. Roo, Mexico] First contact with the Maya culture, learning of the Yucatec Maya language, work concerning funerary customs and oral literature regarding death and ancestors worship

Language

  • French [Native language]
  • English [Fluent speaking, reading, writing]
  • Spanish [Fluent speaking, reading, writing]
  • Yukatec Maya [Fluent speaking, reading, writing]
  • Mopan & Itza' (Maya languages) [good comprehension]

 

Teaching experience

2012

  • Linguistic anthropology , Master program at CIESAS (Febraury-March)
  • Linguistic anthropology , PhD program at CIESAS (co-taught with Lourdes de León) (August-November)
  • Fieldwork Methodology , PhD program at CIESAS (co-taught with Regina Martinez Casas) (August-November)

2011

  • Linguistic anthropology , PhD program at CIESAS (co-taught with Lourdes de León) (Febraury-March)
  • Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, Master program at CIESAS (August)

2010

  • Seminar on Expressivity of Language – Undergraduates in Maya Linguistics and Culture. Universidad del Oriente (UNO university), Valladolid, Yucatán, Mexico (June 21 – July 2)

2004 to 2010

  • Participation in V. Vapnarsky’s "Cognitive Linguistics and Anthropology Seminar", CM, master 1, Dept. ethnologie de Paris X-Nanterre (6 hours)

At the INALCO-Langues’O, Paris, France
2008-2010     

2005-2006     

  • Yucatec Maya, DULCO Level 2 ‘Grammar and language practice’
  • Anthropology of Maya Contemporary Societies, DULCO Levels 2 & 3 ‘Approach to the Maya Space’
  • Fieldwork and Archives Inquiries, DULCO Levels 1, 2 & 3 ‘Introduction to Cognitive Anthropology’

2003-2004 

  • Yucatec Maya, DULCO Level 1 ‘Grammar and language practice’ (co-taught with V. Vapnarsky)

2004-2005  

  • Yucatec Maya, DULCO Level 1 ‘Grammar and language practice’ (co-taught with V. Vapnarsky)
  • Yucatec Maya, DULCO Level 3 ‘Grammar and language practice’ (co-taught with V. Vapnarsky)

 

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