Honorary Research Fellow
1993-98: Ethnology, Archeology and Political Science, University of Freiburg, Germany and then Diplome of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques - Grenoble, France including anthropology UDLA - Puebla, Mexico (1997-98).
1998-99: Master (DEA) in Comparative Development Studies at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - Paris, France
1999-2004: PhD in Social Anthropology at EHESS - Paris, France
2002-2004: Lecture Fellow in Social Science, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, France.
2005-2007: FYSSEN Foundation post-doc fellow at Dep. of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen
2008-2009: ESRC Research fellow - University of Aberdeen, 'The performance of Indigeneity' Project with Prof. D.Anderson
2009-2010: European Project Manager - Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF, Interreg) at Aberdeen City Council, and International Partnerships Officer.
2007 to present: Guest lecturer in Social Sciences Applied to the Environment Master at Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville.
2011 to present: Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Maître de Conférences) at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Toulouse and Paris).
Anthropology of Economy and Environment - Ecological Perception - Place and Landscape - Agricultural systems and Development - Ritual Dance Performance - Mexico - Totonac and Nahua communities - Nature conservation in general - Field science and wildlife management in Scotland.
My current research develops various topics in environmental anthropology in Mexico and Scotland as well as broader comparative issues regarding environmentalism and society. This programme builds on long-term and ongoing ethnography among Totonac indigenous communities in Mexico on one hand, and a new project on knowledge practices involved in field science and wildlife management in Scotland and France on the other.
My previous research (PhD and Fyssen foundation project) focused on socio-ecological change through forest transformation for coffee production and on the enactment of fundamental relationships with forest spirits and figures of otherness in Totonac ritual dances as an 'education of attention' rather than a 'transmission' of ecological symbolism. Building on the Performance of Indigeneity ESRC project I am now working on understanding the ontological implications of movement in the enactment of these relations between different beings (ancestors, forest spirits, mestizos etc.) constitutive of the Totonacs' lifeworld (including political and economic relations with the national society). Ultimately my intention is to bring together the study of cultivation practices and of ritual practice through performance, for instance in studying the reception of new crops within a given cultural system thus bridging themes in economic and ecological anthropology. This is the central theme of my postgraduate course in EHESS-Toulouse.
Within the AHRC Landscape beyond land project, another recent strand of my research focused on the implications, for indigenous perceptions and representations of the environment, of the adoption of a Western scenic landscape perspective by exploring Totonac multi-sensorial aesthetics of place, including 'ugly places'.
I am currently developing a new research proposal on practical knowledge in field science and
wildlife management in relation to black grouse and cappercaillie in Scotland.
ESRC Small Research Grant (2008-09) with David Anderson: The performance of Indigeneity (98K)
FYSSEN postdoctoral grant (2005-2006): Totonac modalities of perception and representations of the forest.
CNRS fieldwork small research grant (2005)
"Aire Culturelles" Research cooperation grant of French Foreign Affairs/MAE (2003) in collaboration with CIESAS-Golfo, Mexico.
PhD Research fellowship (Allocation de Recherche) at EHESS Paris (1999-2002)
Assistant Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Toulouse and Paris), postgraduate course on 'praxis, perception and representations of the environment' since January 2011.
Guest lecturer at the University of Séville (UPO): post-graduate lecture "Las representaciones ecológicas en perspectiva comparativa", since 2007.
Co-director of the Centre d'Anthropologie Sociale at EHESS-Toulouse.
Editing and Peer Review
Current Editorial Board Membership:
Nuevo Mundo, Mundos Nuevos (americanist e-journal of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris).
Review of Manuscripts
Journal of Material Culture
Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies
Journal Economía, Sociedad y Territorio (Colegio Mexiquense - Conacyt)
CEMCA publications (Centre d'Etudes sur le Mexique et l'Amerique Centrale, French Embassy, Mexico).
Review of Research Proposals for the ESRC ORA program
Nicolas Ellison co-organised the workshop 'Ecology of perception and Landscape Aesthetics' under the seminar series 'Landscapes beyond land: new ethnographies of landscape and environment' funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. More at: http://www.aberdeen.ac.uk/anthropology/landscapeseminar3.php
Jo Lee and Nicolas Ellison co-convened a panel in the 2006 EASA conference in Bristol on September 18-21 2006: 'Landscapes for life: integrating experiential and political landscapes.
For more details:
Dr Nicolas Ellison co-organised the symposium 'Landscape, space and
territory: patrimonialism, symbolic reinterpretations and identity
reconstructions' in the frame of the 52nd International Congress of
Americanists to be held in Seville on July 17-21 2006.
For more details : http://www.52ica.com/preaccepted.html