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Boursière de doctorat


Faculté des sciences sociales
Département des sciences sociales
Anthropologie de la communication
Faculté des sciences sociales
Département des sciences sociales
IRSS: Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle

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Bât. B31 Anthropologie de la communication
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University degrees
2018: Diplôme d'Etat de Psychomotricien (Médecine Sorbonne Université)
2020: Master en anthropologie à finalité approfondie (Université Catholique de Louvain)


Nolwen Vouiller¿s dissertation, which will begin in September 2020, is based on an initial three-month anthropological study carried out in Nepal in 2019, involving around thirty people from various ethnic groups, castes and backgrounds (Tharu, Brahmin, Chhetri, Untouchable, tourists, foreign residents) who frequent the Hattisar area, on the edge of the Bardiya National Park. With its almost 1,000km2 of grassy meadows, forests and rivers (the Karnali system), this Park is home to precious species that are now protected, but still endangered, and can be dangerous: one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, common leopard, Bengal tiger, gharial crocodiles and others.

On the edge of this forest, in an organised area known as the Buffer Zone, a group of villagers (farmers, guides, mahouts, children, soldiers, etc.) live in the company of so-called domestic animals (buffalo, goats, pigs, chickens, dogs, elephants, etc.). Despite the measures taken by the government to separate the forest and its animals from the villagers (controls, fences, awareness-raising, etc.), encounters, sometimes deadly, known as Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC), are intensifying.

While the first Master's research focused on a restricted space called banbhoj sthal (forest picnic area), in particular on the issues of a river that runs alongside it, the Khauraha (meander of the Karnali), and revealed its great ambivalence (separating and connecting, dangerous but vital, etc.) and a 'contact zone' (Haraway, 2008) that is at once intercultural, intergenerational, multispecies and ritual, the current thesis fieldwork is now being carried out in the 'buffer zone' around the BNP in general, in the places where attacks are most numerous.

This thesis is interested in the adaptations and representations of humans who live in close proximity to these animals, the way in which they give meaning to these encounters and how they recover from them. In terms of methodology, interviews and direct observations of encounters (in the various forests and villages) will be carried out, and data will be collected mainly on a 'sensitive' basis (sound, photographic and video recordings, drawings, etc.). Linguistic work will also be carried out to clearly identify the terms used in Nepali to describe feelings.

Research field

  • Ethnographie
  • Anthropologie culturelle et sociale
  • Ethnologie

Duties or mandates

  • Boursière de doctorat (scientifique-patrimoine)

ULiège Course

Séminaire transdisciplinaire en environnement, 3h Th, 42h Pr, 1j T. t., ANTOINE-MOUSSIAUX Nicolas, BRAHY Rachel, GOEBEL Maureen, JAUMOTTE Messaline, MASSARO Monia, MELARD François, SERVAIS Véronique, VOUILLER Nolwen, ZARHOUNI Nawel