Circle of Voices is my offering after these past years of exploration. It is my way to bring change, hope, and mutual understanding between peoples. It is my attempt to gain recognition, acceptance and give meaning to my life. I believe academic research has a role to play in enacting social and political change. I’m convinced that technology and the arts can enhance the dynamic relationship between academia and activism.
More and more these past years, I’ve been defining myself through my work. Being a researcher, I aim to cultivate a vision, a sense of dedication and a practice of collaboration. Circle of Voices has been the first meaningful culmination of all that. I grew up in a suburban town near Paris, where I never really had to worry. I left the familiar nest at 18 to begin my own adventure in Berlin. I started studying socio-cultural anthropology, and it seemed to be a scholarly way to nurture my curiosity about the diversity of human cultures in the world. The need to belong to vibrant communities gradually took more meaning in my life. First, by becoming a festival organizer and co-founder of the Serendubity Festival in Germany, and later by supporting the co-creation of the educational program School Of All Relations in Greece. Along the way, I developed a passion for multilingualism, photography, dancing, group facilitation, and writing. My economic privileges and my thirst for adventure allowed me to travel to stunning places on different continents, and encounter truly inspiring individuals. As part of my studies, I ended up living on Reunion island for half a year, and a year later in Montreal, Quebec. For the first time, I could apply my knowledge into practice in the setting of an ethnographic fieldwork. While doing my work, I was confronted with the painful heritage left by the former members of my vocation and my country. I came to realize what academia couldn’t teach me and I began carving my own learning path. Back in Europe, I got involved in the NoDAPL movement, and initiated a local mobilization in Berlin to support indigenous sovereignty and climate justice. My academic journey continued in Copenhagen (Denmark) where I pursued a Master in Techno-Anthropology. My thesis is accessible here