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The Spirits Oof Koniambo, In Kanak Land • Alban Bensa

Born 18th September 1948

Member of the Editorial Board of the Review "Genèses, histoire et Sciences sociales"
Member of the Council "Mission Patrimoine Ethnologique"
Member of the Editorial Board of the Review "Termin"
Member of the Scientific Board of the Besançon's Museum of time and in charge with the organization of "Le temps des autres »'s Hall
Member of the Editorial Board of the Review "Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales"
Diretor of the Research Team EHESS/CNRS "Genèse et transformations des mondes sociaux"


1971-78
Assistant in Ethnology and Sociology at the René Descartes University (Paris V Sorbonne)


1976-2000
Member of the Research Laboratory "Langues et Civilisations à Traditions Orales" (LACITO - CNRS)


1978-1990
Associate Professor Paris V Sorbonne University (UER de Sciences Sociales)


1990-1995
Associate Professor  Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)


1991-1993
Member of the Governing Board of INED


1995-2000
Academic Dean of Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
Till 2000, Member of the "Centre d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains" directed by Jean Bazin


1997-1999
In charge with the CDR 116's Unit of the CNRS: "Pacifique-Sud contemporain"


1989-1996
Consultant for the architect Renzo Piano and the Agency for "Development of the Kanak Culture for the creation of The Cultural Center Tjibaou (Nouméa - New Caledonia).
In charge with Patrick O’Byrne for the Culture Ministry (1993) to evaluate the content of the Tjibaou Center
Member of the Steering Comitee of the  Cultural Center Jean-Marie Tjibaou (1994/1998)

1995-2000
In charge with the division "Aires Culturelles" of the EHESS and Member of the Governing Board of this institution directed by Jacques Revel since 1995


1996-1997
Member of the think tank created by Germain Viatte on the Quai Branly Museum's project


1999-2000
Member of the Steering Comitee created by Jean-Hubert Martin from the "5ème Biennale d’Art Contemporain" of Lyon s "Partages d’Exotismes".
Consultant for Renzo Piano's team for a project (Quai Branly competition)