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Professor Marion Demossier DEUG, BA, MA, PhD

Professor of French and Social Anthropology, Former HoD 2015-1018,REF Champion

Professor Marion Demossier

Professor Marion Demossier is a Professor in French and Social Anthropology at the University of Southampton.

Passionate about Ethnography and Interdisciplinarity, Southampton is the best place for it

Marion Demossier is a socio-anthropologist by training while having developed her career in Modern Languages Departments. She is passionate about teaching ethnography as a modern languages method and believes that ethnographic theories and practices provide a unique mode of analysis of contemporary cultures and societies. Her research seeks to engage with different forms of ethnographies in diverse geographic locations, at different historical junctures and across humanities and social sciences.

Marion Demossier is Professor of French and Anthropology in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton. She was Head of Department from 2015-2018. She has previously taught French and European politics and society since 1994 at the University of Bath. She holds a Ph.D in Social Anthropology from the EHESS (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in Paris.

She has published three monographs, 4 edited volumes and more than twenty scholarly articles in leading academic journals in Britain, France and the United-States, including the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Cultural Analysis, the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures and Modern and Contemporary France. She has also written widely for a student audience, contributing chapters to prestigious series such as A companion to the Anthropology of Europe or Culinary Taste. She has been involved as expert with the wine industry in France and New Zealand over a period of twenty-five years.

She is regularly invited to lecture at international conferences and has appeared on both television and national radio in the UK and France to discuss issues related to her work. She is currently on the ESRC Peer Review Panel member ‘Anthropology of Europe’ since 2010- reappointed until 2019 and sits on the UNESCO Climats de Bourgogne scientific Committee member and is a member of the UNESCO network Chair Culture of Wine, Dijon since 2006.

Research interests

Ethnography-Environmental Change-Wine Culture-Museums-

My research lies with the study of ‘culture in context’ through ethnography as the primary research method. I have just completed a third monograph ‘Burgundy: a global anthropology of place and taste’ based upon over thirty-years of return ethnographic investigation. I am now interested in exploring environmental futures by working closely between science and professional knowledge in the Anthropocene.

Other areas of research include the anthropology of French and European politics as well as museums and ‘the political’. I am currently working in Lyons with the ‘Musée des Confluences’.

PhD Supervision

Any areas of French studies related to urban spaces, museums, politics, migration and rural/urban connections. I also supervise any anthropological projects covering my areas of interest. 

PhD research

First supervisor with Dr Heidi Armbruster: Natural Wine; ethnographies of drug sharing & consumption among internationally mobile young adults. With prof. Rod Rhodes: Interpreting in Health contexts (cross-Faculty). With Jaine Beswick: Ethnographies of Mutilingualism in Southampton.

Second supervisor ESRC 3+1 co-supervision with dr. Natalya Vince University of Portsmouth: the massacre of Oradour sur Glane: memories from below; AHRC DPT with prof. Hanna Diamond Cardiff University: Catholicism and social housing in France. With dr Stephanie Jones and Florian Stadler, University of Exeter: Literary and Ethnographic Representations of Refugee Emplacement Processes in the UK. With dr Adriana Patino: transnational families and multilingualism. With dr Ying Wang: Identity construction through English as a lingua franca; Language Ideologies in Chinese Primary English Language Education.

Co-supervisor with prof.Denis Monnerie, University of Strasbourg: Etude anthropologique sur les techniques viticoles et l’innovation dans les vignobles alsaciens. 

Second Supervisor for Sam Young, PhD in French Studies (with Cardiff University)

Second Supervisor for Meg Ison, PhD in French Studies (with Portsmouth University)

Second Supervisor for Rachid Sekkai, PhD in film Studies (with Portsmouth University)

Research projects

I am currently working on a project ‘World Wine Stories’ which aims to create a multidisciplinary debate around wine production in an era of climate change. It aims to provide a global forum where different voices can come together.

I am also developing my training in ethnographic documentary films following her two weeks short course introduction at the Granada Centre (University of Manchester).

Research group

Debating Ethnography

Affiliate research groups

Transnational Studies-Ethnography, The Centre for Transnational Studies, Debating Ethnography

  • REF Champion
  • Lead Debating Ethnography Group
  • ESRC Peer Review Panel member ‘Anthropology of Europe’ since 2010- reappointed until 2019.
  • UNESCO Climats de Bourgogne. scientific Committee member
  • Member of the UNESCO network Chair Culture of Wine, Dijon since 2006.
  • Executive member of the Editorial Board of Aofood
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Burgundy: A Global Anthropology of Place and Taste (2018, Berghahn), 330pp.

Wine Drinking in France, An Anthropology of Wine Culture and Consumption in France (University of Wales Press, 2010), 224 pp.

Hommes et Vins, une anthropologie du vignoble bourguignon (Editions universitaires de Dijon, 1999), 450 pp.        


Edited books

Handbook of French Politics, Society and Culture, edited by M. Demossier, D. Lee, A. Mondon, N. Parish (Routledge, forthcoming 2018)

The European Puzzle. Cultures and Identities in Europe, the political structuring of cultural identities (Berghahn, 2007), 224 pp.

Recollections of France: Memories, Identities and Heritage in Contemporary France S. Blowen, M. Demossier and J. Picard (eds.), (Berghahn, 2000), 272 pp.



'Beyond Terroir: Territorial Construction, Hegemonic Discourses and French wine culture', Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (2011).

 ‘Anthropologists and the Challenge of Modernity: Global concerns, Local responses in EU agriculture', Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, nº 20 (2011).

‘Vin’, Dictionnaire d’histoire culturelle de la France contemporaine, nº. 4 (2011), pp. 803-28.

‘Response to Philip Whalen’s article on terroir’, Cultural Analysis, University of Berkeley.  Invited Guest, volume 6, (2007).

‘Introduction, Special issue of Aofood : Wine and Globalization’ Aofood, 3, (December 2004)

‘Wine Encyclopedia of the French Atlantic, edited by Bill Marshall, Santa Barbara, ABC, Clio, (2005) pp.1219-1224.

‘Goût du Vin et goûts des Vins chez les britanniques au XXième siècle’  

Revue des Œnologues, nº111, (April 2004), pp.49-51.



‘Reflexive Imbrications’ The Globalization of Wine: The Trans-Nationalization and Localization of Production, Leisure and Pleasure edited by David Inglis and Anna-Mari Almila, University of the Arts London (forthcoming 2016).

‘The Politics of Heritage in the Land of Food and Wine’ A Companion to Heritage Studies, edited by William Logan, Máiread Nic Craith, Ullrich Kockel.

(Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Anthropology Series, 2015).

Sarkozy and Roma: performing securitization’ The Anthropology of Security: Perspectives            from the Frontline of Policing Counter-terrorism and Border Control edited by Mark Maguire, Catarina Frois and Nils Zurawski. (London, Pluto Press, 2014).

‘Following Grands Crus: Global Markets, Transnational Histories and Wine?’Wine and                  Culture: From the vineyard to the glass edited by Rachel Black and Robert C. Ulin (Berg, 2013).

‘The Europeanization of Terroir: A Political Sociology of Europeans?’ Narratives of Transnational Belonging in Europe? A look at Culture, edited by Rebecca Friedman and Markus Thiel, (2012) Ashgate.

‘Une anthropologie de la construction des climats de Bourgogne’, Les climats du vignoble de Bourgogne comme patrimoine mondial de l’humanité, Edited by Jean-Pierre Garcia, Editions Universitaires de Dijon (2011).

‘European Politics, Policies and Institutions’A companion to the Anthropology of Europe, U.  Kockel, M-N Craith and J. Frykman (eds), Blackwell Publishing (2011).



Do I belong: Reflections from Europe. Kreisky Forum, Pluto Press (2016).

The Anthropology of Food Heritage, Universal Exhibition, Milan 2015, University of Milan Boccaccio, Fondazione Feltrinelli, commissioned report.

Les climats de Bourgogne, Pays de Bourgogne, 231

Invited Guest for the Danish Journal Stof, Drinking Culture in the UK, translated into       Danish and published in January 2007.

Invited Guest for the forum online ‘Notre Europe’, think tank of Jacques Delors on the Future of wine

Moi, je suis vigneron, in Vignes et Vins, ORCCA, MECSTI, Reims: 14-17. Exhibition              (catalogue for an exhibition based upon my research).

Research advisor for the Film ‘La Saint Vincent Tournante’ by Georges Nivoix, 1994.



Book Chapters


Journal Special Issue

  • Crenn, C. (Ed.), Petric, B., & Demossier, M. (Accepted/In press). Mondialites du vin. Ethnologie Francaise, LI(3).
  • Module co-ordinator French 3029 Fragmented France.
  • Module co-ordinator Lang 2009 The EU and European Identity
  • Module lecturer Introduction to ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Supervision dissertation ELT/TESOL (ethnography) and MLang research methods
Professor Marion Demossier
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