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Department of Social Anthropology



My doctoral research, based on fieldwork conducted in late 2016 and throughout 2017, explores the lay lives of French Catholics in the city of Lyon, and their entanglement both in the universal concerns of the Catholic Church and in the national matters of the French Republic. In a decade marked by preoccupation for environmental crises, I investigate how Lyonnais Catholics relate to Nature in their activist engagements with bioethics – which they frame as ‘human ecology’ – and in their intellectual reflections on the social, economic, and political pursuit of the Common Good of Creation – or wider ‘integral ecology’. Furthermore, I ask how they construct national and universal publics, and address religious and secular audiences, to advocate their construction of such an integral ecology. Finally, focusing on the Catholic distinction between ‘lapsed’ and ‘practicing’, my thesis broadens its application to the domains of politics, in order to understand the constitutive identities and praxes of the Lyonnais as Republican citizens, Catholic activists, and ecological ‘Stewards of Creation’.


I have previously completed two degrees at the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College) : the MRes in Social Anthropology from 2015-2016, and the BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from 2012-2015. Throughout, I pursued a focus on the anthropology of France ; my undergraduate dissertation on cognac production in the region of Charente was awarded the Sue Benson Prize 2015. (


Europe; France; the anthropology of politics, ethics, and activism; Republicanism and ethno-nationalism; anti-liberalism, degrowth, and subsidiarity; the anthropology of Catholicism, especially the Church Social Teaching, lay, and lapsed Catholics; secularism and public/private spheres.


Key publications: 

2019 (upcoming). ‘‘Mum, Dad, and the kids: it’s natural’:
Catholic references to universalism in French bioethical debates’. Paper presented to Strictly Observant Religion, Gender and the State, Woolf Institute, Cambridge.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

In 2018-2019, I will supervise undergraduate students for papers SAN1 and SAN2.

Teaching Associate
Affiliated Lecturer
Office hours: appointment by email
 Camille  Lardy (2015)

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