Gordien Ary


Research themes

  • Anti-racism and race relations in the Caribbean and in mainland France
  • Nationalism, ethnicity and identity politics in the Caribbean
  • Dance, traditionalism and folklore
  • Gender and LGBTQ+ Studies
  • Slavery and memory policies in the Caribbean and in mainland France

Current Project

PhD in anthropology, « Nationalism, race and ethnicity in Guadeloupe : The ambivalence of identity making in a context of political dependence”.
2019 – present: Research fellow in Anthropology at Université de Paris/LARCA, CNRS, Paris.

  • January 2018 – June 2019: Post-doctoral fellow at Université Paris 8, CERA, IHTP.
  • February 2019: Qualified by the Conseil national des universités, sections 11 (Langues et littératures anglaises et anglo-saxonnes)
  • September 2017 – May 2019: Teaching assistant in English and anthropology at University Paris Descartes-Paris 5.
  • August 2016 – July 2017: Post-doctoral fellow at Institut de Recherche pour le Développement within a research project entitled Repairs (Compensation, reparations and indemnity for slavery, Europe, Africa and the Americas 19th -21st century), funded by the French National Agency for Research.
  • February 2016: Qualified by the Conseil national des universités, sections 20 (biological anthropology, ethnology and prehistory)
  • November 2015: PhD in Anthropology, University Paris Descartes-Paris 5, supervised by Francis Affergan.
  • 2010: Master’s degree in anthropology, Université Paris Descartes-Paris 5.
  • 2007: Maîtrise (4 year degree) in Applied Foreign Languages (English and Spanish), Sorbonne University Paris 4


      • Subjective Interpretation of the Memory of Slavery: Solving and Expressive Internal Conflicts Through Genealogical Research in eds. Lawerence Aje and Nicolas Gachon, Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World, New York: Routledge, 2019: 62-83.
      • “Gais, « blacks » et antillais, l’art de ruser avec des impositions hétéronormatives et postcoloniales” in L’Homme & la Société 2018/3 (n° 208): 83-115.
      • (Auto-)marginalisation des Blancs créoles les récits historiques guadeloupéens in Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry, Matthieu Renault, Marie-Jeanne Rossignol et Pauline Vermeren eds., Histoires en marges, Les péripheries de l’histoire globale, Tours: Presses Universitaires François Rabelais, 2018: 101-124.
      • Paul E. Lovejoy and Vanessa S. Oliveira, eds., Slavery, Memory, Citizenship, Trenton: Africa World Press, 2016: 227-256.