flag france Cécile Pelaudeix
Art Historian • France


Research Associate in PACTE, at the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble, Cécile Pelaudeix has developed researches on the geopolitics of the Arctic, the European Union Arctic Policy, Inuit governance, the Canadian cultural policies in the High North. In 2010, she organises the International Arctic Conference: Geopolitical Issues and Equations in the 21st Century in Lyon with the Centre for Canadian Studies, Grenoble, and with the collaboration of the Centre Jacques Cartier. She is member of the scientific committee of the conference The Arctic in Transition: Regional Issues and Geopolitics, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, UQÀM, 2011, and recently takes part in several conferences on geopolitical issues in the Arctic: International Arctic Conference: Geopolitical Issues and Equations in the 21st Century (Lyon, 2010), The Arctic and the European Union: Environmental and human challenges (Rovaniemi, 2011), Fourth Akureyri Symposium on Polar Law (Nuuk, 2011), The European Union, Canada and the Arctic: Challenges of International Governance (Ottawa, 2011), The Arctic in Transition: Regional Issues and Geopolitics (Montréal, 2011). Co-editor with Alain Faure of the book What Holds the Arctic Together? (in process), she is involved in the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission: ACCESS, Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society, « Governance, Sustainable Development and Synthesis », 2011/2014.
She has crossed the Cumberland Peninsula and has realised several expeditions across the Arctic, in Alaska and in Baffin Island where she stayed in Inuit communities (Broughton, Pangnirtung, Iqaluit, Kinngait (Cape Dorset) ) and remote islets. She made the ascent of Everest South Summit

Current employment and occupation

Cécile Pelaudeix is Consultant researcher
• Scientific advisor/consultant to the Musée des Confluences of Lyon (France) for permanent exhibitions
• Member of the Committee of experts of Le Cercle Polaire, Paris
• Member of the Centre for Canadian Studies of the University of Grenoble (France), organisation of the International Conference on Arctic Governance, Lyon, 2010
• Member of the Native American Artists Studies Association

Research interests

Geopolitics of the Arctic - Art of Arctic peoples – Art history and Anthropology - Arctic issues in contemporary Art - Encyclopaedic museums and globalisation

Education - Qualifications

• 2005-6 - Post-doctorate, Histoire de l'Art, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
• 2005 - Ph.D., Histoire de l'Art, Université Laval, Canada, 2005. With the highest honours
• 2004 - Ph.D., Histoire de l'Art, Université de Grenoble, France, 2004. With the highest honours
• PhD thesis : Analysis of the models of interpretation in art history, and study of Kenojuak Ashevak’s graphic art.
• French National Council of Universities, qualifications (2004-5): Section 22 (History of Contemporary World and Art) and Section 18 (Aesthetics and Architecture)
• Languages: French (native language), English, Spanish

Scholarships - Grants

• Yulgilbar Foundation (Melbourne), 2008
• Université Laval (Council of the Department of History, Québec), 2004
• Centre Jacques Cartier (Lyon), 2003
• Ministère de la Recherche et de l'Enseignement supérieur (Paris), 2001
• Région Rhône-Alpes, Bourse Eurodoc (postgraduate scholarship), 2001

Recent publications

• Art inuit : Formes de l’âme et représentation de l’être. Histoire de l’art et anthropologie (Inuit Art: Shapes of Soul and Representation of the Being, Art History and Anthropology), Grenoble, Editions de Pise, 2007.

Book chapters
• “The French Perspective, Two Major Contemporary Inuit Art Collections in France”, in Tuvaq, Inuit Art and The Modern World, K. Mantel and H. Lane (ed.), Bristol, Sansom & Company, 2010, pp. 172-183.
• “L’Art inuit et les transformations de l’Arctique aux XX et XXIe siècles”, in Grand Nord, Grand Sud : Artistes inuit et artistes aborigènes, P. Iffri (dir.), Quimper, Ed. Palantines, 2010, pp. 16-27.
• “Portraits d’artistes inuit”, in Grand Nord, Grand Sud: Artistes inuit et artistes aborigènes, P. Iffri (dir.), Quimper, Ed. Palantines, 2010, pp.74-95.
• “Une contribution de l’iconologie de Warburg à l’étude des arts lointains : art inuit et formes de l’âme” in T. Dufrêne, A.-C. Taylor, Cannibalismes disciplinaires : quand l’histoire de l’art et l’anthropologie se rencontrent, Paris, INHA, Musée du Quai Branly, 2010, pp.193-206, 2010.
• “Contemporaneity in Inuit Art Through the XXth and Early XXIst Centuries", in Jaynie Anderson (ed.), Crossing cultures, Conflict, Migration, Convergence, Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Publishing, 2009, pp. 952-956.
• “Culture de l’Arctique, identité nationale et enjeux circumpolaires du Canada” (“Arctic Culture, National Identity and Canadian Circumpolar Issues”) in La société canadienne en débats. What Holds Canada Together?, A. Faure and R. Griffiths (ed.), Paris, L’Harmattan, 2008, pp. 161-176.


• “Imaginaire boréal et art de l’Arctique” (“Boreal Imagination and the Art of the Arctic”, in the Revue des Deux Mondes, special issue on Northern Identity, Stéphane Héritier (ed.), 2009, pp.140-147.
• “4000 ans d’art en Arctique” (“4000 years of Arctic art”), Le nouvelliste, Fondation Gianadda, n°16 June to 23 Nov 2008, p. 45.

Museum employment and consultancy, curatorship

• Scientific advisor for the Musée des Confluences: Permanent exhibitions “Qui sommes-nous ?” (“Who are we?”) and “D’où venons-nous ?” (Where do we come from?)”
• Consultant to the Musée des Confluences (from 2002): recommendation for acquisitions, advises on the development of the Inuit Art collection
• Member of the scientific committee, scientific advisor, exhibition Grand nord Grand sud, Artistes inuit et aborigènes, Abbaye de Daoulas (11 May-28 November 2010). Collaboration to the writing of the scenario and program of the exhibition, to the texts of the exhibition, advises on selection of art works and borrow of art works, collaborative work with the scenographic team…
• Scientific Curator, exhibition ARCTIC 21, Maison des Jeux Olympiques, Albertville, France, (6 February 2010 – April 2011): creation of the concept, recommendation of art works, writing of the texts of the exhibition…
• Conference, “Masterpieces of Indian and Eskimo Art of Canada (Musée de l’Homme, 1969): French Modernism and its Legacy”, Native American Arts Studies Association, Art and Survival in Changing Worlds, Fairbanks, Alaska, 26-30 September 2007
• Conference: “Western Myths of Origin of Art and Inuit Graphic Art of the XXe century”, Musée de l’Homme, Paris, 2005 • Conference, “Non-Western Art and the Paradoxes of Modernity”, Museum of Natural History (now Musée des Confluences), Lyon, 2003
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the exhibition Inuit (Museum d’Histoire Naturelle of Lyon, Musée de l’Homme, Paris), 2002
• Collaboration to the writing of the synopsis of the exhibition Inuit of the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle, Lyon, France, 2002
• Expert’s report: Territoire et Identité à travers la création inuit contemporaine du Canada (Territory and Identity through the Inuit Contemporary Creation of Canada) for the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle of Lyon (now Musée des Confluences), 2001

Scientific Radio broadcast

• France Inter, National Broadcast, La tête au carré. Mathieu Vidard’s guest, “Art and Inuit Imaginary” 26 October 2007

Organization of Symposium and Conference

• CENTRE FOR CANADIAN STUDIES, Institute of Political Studies, Grenoble – With the Centre Jacques Cartier – International Conference on Arctic Governance – In process (22-23 November 2010, Lyon) -
• EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Paris – Co-direction of the symposium: Context, Art and Truth, Postgraduate students and PhD candidates, 6-7 June 2007

Teaching (Conferences)

• EHESS, Paris – “Western Myths of the Origin of Art in Inuit Art Historiography”, Postgraduate students, February 2006
•SCIENCES PO, Institute of Political Studies, Grenoble – “Arctic Culture, National Identity and Canadian Circumpolar Issues”, Postgraduate students, 2005, 2006


• Baffin Island. Communities of Broughton Island, Pangnirtung, Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, and Remote islets. Crossing of the Cumberland Peninsula

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