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Cécile Guillaume-Pey

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Cécile Guillaume-Pey is a CNRS Research Fellow. She obtained her PhD in social anthropology from the EHESS. Her dissertation focused on the ritual practices of the Sora, a tribal group of Central Eastern India. As a Fyssen Foundation postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Cork and as a Yale ISM Fellow, her project, entitled From Ritual Images to Animated Movies: The Transformative Journey of Sora Paintings, investigated the reshaping of Sora murals into art. As a postdoctoral Fellow of the Labex “Création, Arts, Patrimoine,” she had the opportunity to more deeply compare the trajectories of Sora paintings with other religious images and objects, examining the relationships between ritual, art and cultural heritage at the museums in Bhopal (Central India) that played an important role in the emergence of “tribal art.” Her current research, begun as a Fellow at the CEFRES (Prague) and at the LabEx HASTEC, focuses on a writing system that now competes with Sora ritual paintings: a script created in the 1930s by a Sora teacher for the purpose of transcribing his language. Currently, this script—which materializes spirits—is used in a ritual context. In addition to investigating the spreading of this cult among the Sora who have migrated to different states, this project tackles more general socio-religious questions such as: the effects of religious conversion, the reshaping of the relationship between the living and the dead, and the issues raised by the appropriation of writing by oppressed and politically marginalized groups in a post-colonial context.

 

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