Céline PESSIS

Céline Pessis is a postdoctoral fellow (IFRIS, INRAE/LISIS-Univ. Gustave Eiffel). She has co-edited Une autre histoire des Trente Glorieuses. Modernisation, contestations et pollutions dans la France d’après-guerre (Paris, La Découverte, 2013), and is the author of Survivre et vivre. Critique de la science, naissance de l’écologie (Paris, L’Échappée, 2014).

Her current research focuses on the multiple histories of agricultural modernization, cultivated soil, and postwar knowledge and practices relating to agriculture, health, and the environment. Her work reveals alternative agendas for research and agricultural progress, and provides an account of the structuring of “organic farming” in France between the 1940s and the 1970s, one that connects agricultural techniques, food quality, environment, and health.

Her forthcoming publications include: “Histoire des ‘sols vivants’ : genèses, projets et oublis d’une catégorie actuelle (1930-1970),” Revue d’anthropologie des connaissances; “De la ‘croisade pour l’humus’ à l’ ’agriculture biologique.’ Alertes savantes et mouvements paysans face à la dégradation des sols (1948-1958),” in M. Lyautey, L. Humbert, C. Bonneuil (eds.), Histoire des modernisations agricoles au xxe siècle, Rennes, PUR.

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