Jeremie Voirol

Jérémie VOIROL

Visiting Fellow, Anthropology and Sociology
Spoken languages
French, Spanish, English
Areas of expertise
  • Indigeneity, ethnicity and identity politics
  • Globalisation
  • Performance and play
  • Ethics and morality
  • Exchange and gift
  • Music
  • Pragmatism
  • Audio-visual anthropology
  • Ethics and morality
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • South America
  • Andes

Jérémie Voirol is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Global Migration Centre. Dr Voirol graduated in Social Anthropology at the University of Neuchâtel (2004) and holds a MA from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (2008) and a PhD from the University of Lausanne (2016). He has been an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology and at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester (2017-2018). Dr Voirol has carried out ethnographic research mainly in Ecuador, focusing on youth and music in urban contexts and on festivities and music in indigenous rural areas. His investigations shed new light on the circulation of people, ideas, objects and sounds at different scales, as well as on playful festive experiences, with theoretical interests spanning globalisation, identity and indigeneity construction, sociability, morality, exchange, performance, play and pragmatism. He has published his findings in peer-reviewed journals and edited books and a monograph on techno subculture in Ecuador which was released in 2010, published with Abya-Yala in Spanish and with Éditions Universitaires Européennes in French.

Since February 2018, Jérémie Voirol has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Graduate Institute (ANSO and GMC) for the project “Returning to a Better Place: The (Re)assessment of the 'Good Life' in Times of Crisis” (BETLIV), funded by the European Research Council Starting Grants Programme and headed by Dr Valerio Simoni. The research addresses how ideals of the ‘good life’ are articulated, (re)assessed and related to specific places and contexts as a result of experiences of crisis and migration. Taking as case studies the imaginaries and experiences of the return of Ecuadorian and Cuban migrants who suffered the 2008 financial crisis in Spain, the research contributes to three main scholarly areas of enquiry: 1) the study of morality, ethics and what counts as a ‘good life’, 2) the study of the field of economic practice, its definition, value regimes and ‘crises’ and 3) the study of migratory aspirations, projects and trajectories. Within this project, Dr Voirol will conduct ethnographic research in Quito, exploring the experiences of Ecuadorian returnees from Spain.

Selected Publications

  • 2020 « Remittances and morality: family obligations, development, and the ethical demands of migration »  in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. With Simoni V.

  • 2019   « Marginal Images. Youth and Critical Subjectivities from Art as a Resource », in H. Cuervo & A. Miranda (eds), Youth, Inequality and Social Change in the Global South, p. 223-238, Singapore, Springer. With Mauro Cerbino et Marco Panchi.

  • 2018    « La fête autochtone du Pawkar Raymi à Otavalo (Andes équatoriennes). Entre reproduction et remise en cause des idéologies nationales du « métissage » et du multiculturalisme », in D. Chine Lehmann et N. Molinaro (éd.), La Nation en fête en Amérique latine (XIXème-XXIème siècles), Tome II, p. 59-74, Paris, Université Paris Nanterre (Publications du GRECUN, Vol. V).

  • 2018    « El fútbol como desafío étnico-racial y nacional: tensiones alrededor de su práctica en Otavalo (Andes ecuatorianos) », Revista de Antropología Social, 27 (1) : 73-94.

  •  2018.« L'expérience de l'excès d'alcool dans les fêtes autochtones des Otavalos (Andes équatoriennes). De la performance ludique et sensorielle aux morales en compétition », in M. Lecoutre (éd.), L'ivresse entre le bien et le mal. De l'Antiquité à nos jours, p. 213-238, Bruxelles, Peter Lang.

  • 2013.« Récit ethnographique d’une expérience partagée de la fête de San Juan/Inti Raymi à Otavalo (Andes équatoriennes) », Ethnologies (Québec), 35 (1) : 51-74.

  • 2013.« ¿Cómo practicar la etnografía? Hacia una teoría pragmática y política de la descripción », Universitas Humanística (Bogotá), 75 : 81-104.

  • 2010.Ethnographie du phénomène techno en Équateur. Expériences locales de jeunes latino-américains adeptes de musique électronique dans un contexte de globalisation, Sarrebruck, Éditions Universitaires Européennes, 144 p.

  • 2010.Etnografía del fenómeno tecno en Ecuador, Quito, Abya-Yala, 176 p.

  • 2009.« Prácticas e intercambios alimentarios en la fiesta de San Juan/Inti Raymi de los Otavalos (Andes septentrionales ecuatorianos) », Quaderni di Thule. Rivista italiana di studi americanistici, IX : 755-766.

  • 2009.« Las fiestas como herramienta dinámica de autodefinición identitaria: el caso de los Otavalos (kichwa-hablantes, Andes ecuatorianos) », Ateliê Geográfico (Goiânia), 3 (8) : 237-262 (revue en ligne).

  • 2008.« Du global au local décentré. Dynamiques socioculturelles identitaires et distinctives des adeptes de musique et de fêtes techno en Équateur (Amérique du Sud) », in I. Melliti, D. Mahfoudh Draoui, R. Ben Amor et S. Ben Fredj (dir.), Jeunes Dynamiques Identitaires & Frontières Culturelles (actes de colloque), p. 212-222, Tunis, UNICEF, 299 p.

  • 2006.« Ritmos electrónicos y raves en la mitad del mundo. Etnografía del fenómeno tecno en Ecuador », Íconos. Revista de Ciencias Sociales (Quito), 25 : 123-135.