Centre for Himalayan Studies
UPR 299
Members of the research unit

Philippe RAMIREZ

Researcher at the CNRS, Head of CEH


UPR 299 Centre d'Etudes Himalayennes, CNRS
7 rue Guy Môquet
94800 Villejuif CEDEX

E-mail: pramirez@vjf.cnrs.fr

Philippe Ramirez carried out anthropological investigations in Nepal for 15 years. His main research pertained to the political anthropology of a Hindu village community in central Nepal, using materials based on history, kinship, ritual and village politics.

Aside from that, he has made an analysis of Nepalese Maoist representations, and in particular of the symbolic productions regarding martyrs and nation-building, at a time (1990) when the topic was not in vogue among social anthropologists.

Since 2002, Philippe Ramirez has been concentrating on deciphering the anthropological complexity of North-East India, with particular focus on the relationships between kinship and ethnicity in the Assam-Meghalaya borderlands.

Keywords: political anthropology, factions, Parbatiya, Karbi, Tiwa

Fieldwork: Central Nepal, Assam

Main publications :

2014, People of the Margins: Across Ethnic Boundaries in North-East India. Guwahati, Spectrum.

2013, Ethnic Conversions and Transethnic Descent Groups in the Assam-Meghalaya Borderlands. Asian Ethnology 72(1).

2013, Margins and Borders: Polities and Ethnicities in North-East India. In Territorial Changes and Territorial Restructurings in the Himalayas. Joëlle Smadja, ed. Delhi: Adroit.

2012, Review - Inter-Ethnic Dynamics in Asia. Asian Highlands Perspectives 21: 449–453.

2011, Belonging to the Borders: Uncertain Identities in Northeast India. In The Politics of Belonging in the Himalayas. Local Attachments and Boundary Dynamics. Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka and Gérard Toffin, eds. Pp. 77–97. New Delhi: SAGE India.

2011, Trans-ethnic Entities. The Himalayas and Beyond. http://himalayas.hypotheses.org/39, accessed March 16, 2012.

2010, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himalaya Nord-Est, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura. Frédéric Landy, ed. Dictionnaire de l'Inde contemporaine. Paris: A. Colin.

2009, Le Népal entre La Chine et l'Inde. Outre-Terre 21(1): 235–241.

2007, Articles ‘Népal : ethnologie' et ‘Népal moderne' In Encyclopaedia Universalis.

2006, A Few Notes on the Ritual Geography of the Dimasa. In Traditional systems of the Dimasa. Vivekananda Institute, ed. Pp. 6–15. Guwahati: Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture.

2004, “Le maoïsme, stade suprême du nationalisme : la notion de 'peuple' dans la littérature maoïste népalaise” p.229-248 in : V. Bouillier et C. Servan-Schreiber (ed.) De l'Arabie à l'Himalaya : Chemins croisés en hommage à Marc Gaborieau , Paris, Maisonneuve et Larose.

2000, De la disparition des chefs : une anthropologie politique népalaise. Paris, CNRS Editions.

1989, "Esprits ennemis, esprits alliés : la cosmologie politique des sociétés de l'Arunachal Pradesh, Inde", Journal Asiatique, n° 3-4, tome CCLXXVII, pp. 263-298 (trad. anglaise dans NEHU Journal vol.3 n°1, 2005).