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Georges Condominas

"Words from Asia and the Pacific" is a series of interviews conducted by Jean-François Sabouret, Director of the Asie-Imasie Network (CNRS), with humanities researchers and experts on Asia and the Pacific.
Georges Condominas is a French anthropologist who was born in Haiphong, Vietnam in 1921. He carried out a major ethnographic work of reference on the ethnic groups of the Indochinese highlands, with photos and sketches.
In 1955, he graduated from the EPHE for his thesis published in 1957, entitled:"Nous avons mangé la forêt" (We ate the forest). In this book, he tells the memory of his detailed and passionate ethnological investigations and his life in central Vietnam with the Mnong Garminority - a proto-Indochinese population - of the village of Sar Luk.
In 1960, he became Director of Studies at EHESS. In 2006, the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris devoted an exhibition to the objects he had brought back. He published numerous books, including "L'exotique est quotidien" (the exotic is daily life) and "L'espace social" (Social place).
An illustrated bibliographical selection is presented at the end of the film.



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