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Carine Ayélé Durand

  • PhD
  • Head Curator
  • Ethnographic Museum of Geneva
  • 14PublicationsNumber of items in Carine Ayélé's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 12Followers


I am a social anthropologist and completed my doctorate at the University of Cambridge (2010) after completing an MPhil in Ethnology at the University of Aix-en-Provence (France, 1999) and a MA in International Negotiation at Aix-en-Provence (France, 2000). I have worked for over fifteen years in various curatorial (mainly collections management) and research capacities at the Musée des Confluences (Lyon, France, 2000-2004), the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (UK, 2004-2006), and the Nordiska Museet (Stockholm, Sweden, 2007). I have curated several public exhibitions about contemporary indigenous art and political movement for the Musée des Confluences (Inuit 2002-2003), the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Northern Skies, Southern Stars 2006, Sápmi 2010) and the Nordiska Museet (Sápmi 2007), and conducted a research project into collaborative exhibitions between indigenous peoples and European museums (Durand, 2010). A Cultural Heritage consultant in Barcelona, Spain between February 2011 and August 2015, I am currently Head Curator at the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva. Since 1998, I have conducted long-term anthropological field research crossing the boundaries of disciplines between social anthropology, education, performance studies, and art. My research method is based on a transnational approach which has led me to conduct research in a wide variety of settings including anthropological museums in Italy, France, the UK, Norway and Sweden, theatres in Brazil, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition I keep on exploring further the ways in which anthropologists cross the boundaries of their disciplines in practice. I adopt alternative literary genres such as story telling and play writing to 'rediscover' anthropological concerns.

Recent publications

  • Ayaba yovo Princesse de Volo

    • Durand C
  • Mauritian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Project: exploring the impact of colonialism and colonisation on cultural, ecological and economic transitions in the Indian Ocean.

    • Seetah Krish
    • Balbo Andrea
    • Calaon Diego
    • et al.

Professional experience

Head Curator

Ethnographic Museum of Geneva

October 2016 - Present

Cultural Heritage Consultant

Kultura: Ideas y Estrategias para el Patrimonio, SL

February 2011 - Present

Consultant to help set up an “Initiative d’Excellence” project involving 13 leading French instituti

SIRIS Academic SL

December 2010 - February 2011(2 months)

Research Associate Indigeneity in the Contemporary World Project

Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research Drama and Theatre Department Royal Holloway University of London

January 2010 - January 2011(a year)

Invited Curator for the redisplay of the Museum’s Sami collections

The University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, UK

November 2009 - February 2010(3 months)

Curator: Bildspel Urfolk

The Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet), Stockholm, Sweden

January 2007 - June 2007(5 months)

Textile project assistant

The University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, UK

April 2005 - April 2006(a year)

Curator: Northern Skies, Southern Stars

PandIS, University of Cambridge, UK

January 2006 - March 2006(2 months)

Photography assistant

The Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

January 2005 - March 2005(2 months)

E-learning project photography assistant

The Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

November 2004 - January 2005(2 months)

Curator for the Americas and Circumpolar collections

Natural History Museum (Avant-Projet Musée des Confluences), Lyon, F

January 2001 - October 2004(4 years)

Assistant Curator

Museo Africano, Verona, Italy

September 2000 - December 2000(3 months)



Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK

October 2005 - February 2010(4 years)

Magistère (Post-graduate degree) in International Negotiation

Université de Provence

September 1997 - June 2000(3 years)


Department of Ethnology, Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France

September 1997 - September 1999(2 years)

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