Dr. Jean-Baptiste Pettier

External Collaborator / Former Research Fellow

Empirical Study: Animal Protection

Mailing address:

Freie Universität Berlin
Dahlem Research School
SFB 1171 "Affective Societies"
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Raum JK 33/232
14195 Berlin

Email: jean-baptiste.pettier@fu-berlin.de

See Website: http://www.sfb-affective-societies.de/teilprojekte/assoziierte_projekte/desire_economics/pettier/index.html 



Last updated Jan 2015


Project related research

Prolongating the anthropological and political analysis of my PhD research (dedicated to the question of matchmaking in Today’s China, and to the historical importance of the question of love in Chinese politics and everyday life), the new research study I carry here concerns the fast development of animal welfare claims in Today’s China. Through the study of this fiercely debated issue, I question the political importance of emotion as well as the modalities of its social construction.

Other research interests

Anthropology of emotions, love, sexuality, gender, and morality.


Employment history

Feb 2015 - Jan 2015

Postdoc Research Fellow at the Institute for Ethnology, University of Cologne

Jan 2014 - Jan 2015

Postdoc Research Fellow and interim Scientific Coordinator of the « Protecting the Weak » Program at the Professorship for Political Science with a Focus on Area Studies China/East Asia, Faculty of Social Sciences (Institute for Political Science), Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

Sep 2012 -
Aug 2014

Research and Teaching Fellow (ATER) at the Université Paris-Est-Créteil (UPEC, France)

Feb 2011 -
Jun 2011

Temporary Teaching Fellow in charge of a one-semester course on Anthropology of Eastern Asia (China, Korea, Japan) for undergraduate students at Université Paris 8

Sep 2007 -
Aug 2010

Research Fellow at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (PhD grant from the French National Ministry for Higher Education and Research)

 Academic background

Sep 2007 –

PhD candidate in anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France

2007 -

MA in political sciences, compared Asian policies, at Sciences Po Paris, with high honors

2005 -

MA in anthropology, at the EHESS Paris, with highest honors

2005 -

BA in Chinese language and civilization, from Langues'O (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris)

2004 -

BA in Political Sciences, from Université Lyon2, with honors

2002 -

BA in Sociology and Anthropology, from Université Lyon2, with honors.

Academic Research Activities

2013 -

Creation and co-animation of the semestrial monthly seminar « Une "crise morale" en République Populaire de Chine ? Regards anthropologiques sur les débats et tensions de la Chine contemporaine » (A "moral crisis" in China? Anthropological gazes on the debates and tensions of Today's China) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France), with Elisa Cencetti, post-doc fellow Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), see: http://enseignements-2013.ehess.fr/2013/ue/899/.

2011 -

Creation and co-animation of the annual monthly seminar « Les économies politiques des sentiments » (The Political Economies of Sentiments) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France), with Manuela Salcedo, Mathieu Trachman (INED), and Michela Villani (post-doc fellow Universität Freiburg), see http://enseignements-2013.ehess.fr/2013/ue/804/


Since 2012

Member of the European Association of Chinese Studies

Since 2011

Associate-member of the « Cour Amour Mariage » (Courtship, Love, Marriage) team of the ASIES research center at Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Langues’O, Paris)

Since 2010

Member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and of the Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA).

Since 2008

Member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)


2013 -

Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC):

  • “Sociology of China - An introduction to Chinese society through Social Sciences lenses” (semester seminar, taught in English)
  • “The Sociology of Organizations” (semester seminar)
  • “The psychosociology of Organizations” (semester seminar)

2012 -

Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC):

  • “The body, between nature and culture, an introduction to sociology” (semester seminar)
  • “The Sociology of Organizations” (semester seminar)

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) :

  • “Sociology & Affect”, taught with Sébastien Roux (CNRS) and Manuela Salcedo (semester seminar).

2011 -

Université Paris 8:

  • “Anthropology of Eastern Asia – China, Korea, Japan” (semester seminar).



Articles in Refereed Journals

2010 “Politics of love and sex in the China of the "sexual revolution"” (published in French), in Genre, Sexualité et Société [Online], n°3 "Révolution/Libération", Spring  2010, see: http://gss.revues.org/index1381.html

Non-academic online publications

2012 Book review of “Moore Henrietta, Still life: Hopes, Desires, and Satisfactions”, Genre, sexualité & société [En ligne], 8 | Automne 2012, see: http://gss.revues.org/index2429.html


Talks at academic Conferences, Seminars, Workshops

Dec 2013 “Love as social link and as political issue”, Invited Speaker at the Seminar of the Interdisciplinary Research Center Walras Pareto, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
Nov 2013 112th American Anthropological Association (AAA) annual meeting (Chicago, USA, November 20-24, 2013), panel In Search of "Modernity": Mobility, Technology and Subject-Making in Post-socialist China". Personal paper: Modern Subjects, Modern Love, or the Political Idealization of Sentiments
Sep 2012 XIX Biennial Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS) (Paris, September 4th–8th 2012) Panel of Sociology and Anthropology. Personal paper: The quest for ideals: distrust, disputes, and mate-choice strategies in today's urban China.
Jul 2012 12th European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference (AEAS/EASA) (Nanterre, July 10–13 2012), in panel W071 “Coping with uncertainty: comparative perspectives on marriage and intimate citizenship in Asia”. Personal paper: “Every one would like their child to marry earlier”: Anguishes about the future and marriage strategies in urban China.
Dec 2011 International interdisciplinary conference "In the Name of Love. From elective links to affective obligations”, (Brest, France, November 15-16 2011). Personal paper: Questioning love in China (in French)
Nov 2010 109th American Anthropological Association (AAA) annual meeting (New Orleans, USA, November 17-21 2010), panel “Sexual circuits and intimate practices in contemporary China”, Personal paper: Desire, Sexuality, and their Absence: Building One's Own Intimate Life Amongst Urban Youths in Nowadays China.