Les nouveaux guérisseurs on National Geographic France

Les nouveaux guérisseurs on National Geographic France


The September 2013 issue of the world famous magazine National Geographic (French edition) introduces the latest book by Laurent Pordié and Emmanuelle Simon, Les nouveaux guérisseurs (Editions de l'EHESS, 2013), to a wider readership.


Book presentation

Entrepreneurs, inventors and experts on environmental issues, today's healers also work in clinical trials. They combine various therapeutic cultures and revisit orthodoxies in the health field. Long remained at the margins of health systems, these new healers are now key players. What are the implications and the social meanings of this phenomenon? The multiplicity of their trajectories and the composite nature of their influences are they an obstacle to any effort of conceptual unification?


The Charles Leslie Award for Best Essay by a Junior Scholar

The Charles Leslie Award for Best Essay by a Junior Scholar

This prize is awarded to the best original, unpublished essay in the critical study of Asian medicine submitted to the competition and judged by members of the IASTAM (International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine) Council.

The author can be one of three types of junior scholars of Asian medicine:
1) a practitioner of an Asian medical tradition (with none to no more than 3 publications);
2) a graduate student currently in a PhD program;
3) a recent PhD who received his/her doctoral degree within the past 4 years.

There are no age restrictions on entering for this prize. The purpose of the award is to encourage junior scholars to apply methods from anthropology, history, or any other academic discipline, to the critical study of Asian medicines in their myriad contexts and from any period to the present. Manuscripts must be in English.

The winning essay will be announced in IASTAM publications and the society website and will be submitted to be reviewed for possible publication in Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity. The award also consists of a monetary award of $150. Authors should follow Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity style guidelines for the submission. Entries must be received no later than 1 November each year and the winner will be announced by 1 February the following year.

DEADLINE FOR 2013: 1st January 2014
Please send submission with the “Charles Leslie Award” heading to both Senior Editors:
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Award for the best dissertation in geography

Award for the best dissertation in geography

French National Committee for Geography

Lucie Dejouhanet won the 3rd Prix de thèse 2013 (3rd Prize for best PhD), awarded by the French National Committee for Geography for her dissertation entitled " 'Unclear Occupation'. The Channel of Ayurvedic Plants: Paradoxes and Limits in State Management of Forest Resources in Kerala (India)(University of Paris X - Nanterre, 2012).

She was awarded the prize on October 6, on the occasion of the 2013 International Festival of Geography.


Dissertation abstract

Lucie Prize1At the international level, biodiversity protection and valorization of traditional medicines became important environmental and social issues. While ecosystemic services’ concept is developed widely, collection of non-wood forest products is seen as an opportunity for developing local populations in Southern countries. In Kerala (South India), the production growth of ayurvedic pharmaceutical industries questions the management of forest resources, from which the majority of medical raw material are extracted. In this State, known for its social model of development, has been implemented an administered and integrated channel for the marketing of non-wood forest products, which links adivasi collectors having monopoly on extraction activity of these products, with pharmaceutical factories. Enforcing a linear approach of their supplying, this channel excludes from the system a big part of the stakeholders involved in the marketing of these products. The public cooperative system offers price and outlet guarantees to authorized collectors, but it lacks competitivity on a market, which is dominated by the private sector. This sector is not recognized by the State but it organizes the activity, extends its networks and creates many parallel channels: their opacity and size deepen the gap between industry and collectors, questioning the economic and ecologic sustainability of the sector. Through a critical analysis of the structure of the channel, this thesis shows the contradictions in the public management of forest areas, between protection of forest and its inhabitants and production of resources. Participative management tries to involve forest populations in protecting their environment but it also complexifies power relations and issues of control in these areas.

Find a longer presentation of the dissertation published in Carnets de Géographes 5, 2013 (in French) .


Lucie Dejouhanet (PhD University of Paris X Nanterre) is Maître de Conférence in Geography at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, member of the AIHP-Géode. Her previous positions include a French National Research Agency-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cermes3, a unit specialized in medicine, science and society in Paris. Lucie's research deals with the collection and marketing of medicinal plants in Kerala and the supply channels of ayurvedic pharmaceutical companies in this Southern Indian State. Her publications revolve around ayurveda and the management and social organization of medicinal plant collection. She is the co-editor of Conflit et rapports sociaux en Asie du Sud (L'Hamattan, 2010).

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