When dealing with political domination, we need to stray from ready-made thinking

Béatrice Hibou answers our questions on political domination, a concept she scrutinizes in her book, The Political Anatomy of Domination, published in the Sciences Po series in International Relations and Political Economy with Palgrave Macmillan, in April 2017. 

Where does the title “political anatomy” come from? 

The title of my book is evidently a tribute to Michel Foucault who offered a “political anatomy of details” in his book Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. It is also a tribute to Karl Marx whom Foucault cited as a reference as well, and who worked on an “anatomy of capital.” Among other references, these two authors have inspired me to attempt a political anatomy of domination in authoritarian states, based on economic practices: I try to show how the most banal economic dispositifs and practices as well as everyday economic life pertain to domination mechanisms. In other words, I consider the economic arena as a place of power, a non-autonomous field, a site where power struggles and games of power and domination can be analyzed in their everyday workings to bring out the multiplicity of dimensions and rationalities.


The Baluch, Sunnism and the State in Iran. From Tribal to Global

Stéphane A. Dudoignon is the author of a book published in the CERI series in Comparative Politics and International Studies with Hurst & Co and Oxford University Press, entitled The Baluch, Sunnism and the State in Iran. From Tribal to Global. The historian gives us some keys for the understanding of Baluchistan and its distinctive characteristics. Interview.

While working on the politicisation of Islam on the former Soviet realm, I was brought to follow in the footsteps of Central Asian students of religion who had attended in their hundreds Sunni madrasas of easternmost Iran, after the end of the civil war of Tajikistan in 1997...



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Chair: Christophe Jaffrelot, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS

Farzana Shaikh, Chatham House
De-Islamising Pashtun Nationalism? The FATA Reforms and after

Laurent Gayer, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS
After Hegemony: The Downsizing of the MQM in Karachi

Asma Faiz, LUMS and Sciences Po-CERI
"Songs of Pride and Pain": The Nationalist Narrative in Sindh

Katharine Adeney, Nottingham University
Is India becoming an Ethnic Democracy?

Jean-Luc Racine, Asia Centre, CNRS/MSH
The Ethnic Dimension of the Kashmir Conundrum




Academic coordinator: Christophe Jaffrelot, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS



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Ethno-nationalism in India and Pakistan 11/09 For more information


Dans le cadre du Groupe de Recherche sur l'Analyse du Vigilantisme



Avec :


Kevin Vacher, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis


Discutant : Casare Mattina, Aix-Marseille Université




Responsables scientifiques : Laurent Fourchard (Sciences Po-CERI), Laurent Gayer (Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS) et Gilles Favarel-Garrigues (Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS)




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Illustration: Philip Dawe (attribué à), "The Bostonians Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring and Feathering" (1774)

Des savoir-faire et des savoir-voir situés : les pratiques vigilantes dans les mobilisations pour la sécurité (Marseille, Naples) 26/09 For more information




Venue: les Salons de l'INALCO, 2 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris on October 11th and Salle Georges Lavau, Sciences Po-CEVIPOF, 98 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris on October 12th


This international conference is convened by the Sorbonne Paris Cité University's (USPC) interdisciplinary program Sociétés Plurielles (Diverse Societies) and the Laboratory of Anthropology, Urbanity and Globalization (IIAC/LAUM), in collaboration with the French Center for Archeology and Social Sciences in Sanaa. It aims to revisit the notion of cosmopolitanism in Gulf cities and other regional areas from a comparative perspective. To enrich our understanding of a debatable issue, sociologist Elijah Anderson (Yale University), one of our keynote speakers, will bring into focus the notion of the “Cosmopolitan Canopy”.

The conference is a unique opportunity for scholars of the Gulf and other world regions to engage with cosmopolitanism or otherwise probe the intersection of global studies, urban studies and migration studies from a range of disciplines. More specifically, panels will be organized around the following research themes:

- The “cosmopolitan canopy”: cosmopolitan interactions in public spaces - a useful analytical tool for research on global super-diverse cities
- Cosmopolitanism in theoretical and comparative perspectives - a reflexive approach to theoretical definitions of cosmopolitanism
- New geographies of cosmopolitanism in Gulf cities - a theme that examines how Gulf cities can contribute to the discussion of cosmopolitanism)



Organizing Committee: Laure Assaf (EHESS), Gabrielle Chomentowski (INALCO), Catherine Lejeune (Paris Diderot), Delphine Pagès-El Karoui (INALCO), Camille Schmoll (Paris 7-IUF), Helene Thiollet (CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS)

Cosmopolitanism Revisited: Comparative Perspectives on Urban Diversity from the Gulf and Beyond 11/10 For more information