Dr. Alexandra Borsari Anthropology : nature, objects, dwelling and human place Background: political science & anthropology of imaginary Paris, France
Dr. Alexandra BorsariAnthropology : nature, objects, dwelling and human placeBackground: political science & anthropology of imaginaryParis, France

Background: political science & imaginary theory


What is freedom? What are its limits? To try to answer to these questions, I had chosen to explore human relations to nature and techniques with an approach by imaginary.

Imaginary isn't fantasy nor imagination but the very framework of all human representations and thoughts. My inspiration was Gilbert Durand's theory. I meant imaginary as a fountamental ground for social and cultural representations.

Imaginary should be reserved to speak about this frame, imaginaries to social corpus of representations.


1st Fields of research : relation to nature and techniques, epistemology of imaginary studies

Approach : imaginary of nature and techniques with a dialogue with anthropology, evolutionary biology and palethnology

Secondary field of research :

Research methodology on imaginary and for pluri/inter/trans/ANTI?/disciplinarity



After a BA in Spanish cultures and literatures and various professional experiences, I applied for a MA by research with the Hannah Arendt Institute at University of Eastern Paris. The first year was dedicated to political philosophy with a memoir on the issue of exploitation of the other.

I began my exploration of imaginary in the second year of the MA. I discovered the work of Gilbert Durand and the idea of a fundamental ground for representations. Albeit the need of an epistemological work on this theory, imaginary appeared to me as a key to work on the human mind in a transdisciplinary way. My second memoir was on the lion as a political symbol at the end of the Romanesque period in Western Europe.

I went on with a Ph.D. on the fantasy of returning to nature. I spent the first four months in French Guyana to confront with a different way of living and thinking. I went to Trois-Sauts in the Amerindian area, in the extreme South East where Oyapock river is not far from its headwaters.

I achieved my Ph.D. in December 2010, gave my first talks in 2011 and, in 2012, I got my first postdoctoral position with DCAP Research, a start-up specialised in innovation processes and market analysis. I worked on Net-Conversations: a tool designed to analyse spontaneous contents on the web.

From january to the fall of 2013, I collaborated with the chair Modélisations des Imaginaires of Telecom ParisTech in Paris on the links between imaginary of techniques and imaginary of nature.

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