Ghislaine Gallenga gave an open seminar

On 25 May, anthropologist Ghislaine Gallenga from Aix-Marseille Université gave an open seminar at the Centre for Comparative History and Political Studies. The topic of her talk was “Reversed Empathy as an Ethnological Condition”. She recommends that anthropologists working in the field pay more attention to how they are perceived by their informants. Only when the anthropologist manages to establish some kind of rapport with the informant, will he or she be truly accepted and included in the community under study. Empathy for the situation of the researcher is a precondition for successful fieldwork. Miss Gallenga also reflected upon her own work experience as a bus driver for the Marseille Public Transport Authority.