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Anne Jourdain, winner of the Thought Award
Anne Jourdain © Gilles Leimdorfer

Anne Jourdain, winner of the Thought Award

Sociologist Anne Jourdain was named winner of Foundation's Thought Award in June 2013.


Winner's profile

Anne Jourdain is a doctor in sociology, associate professor in economic and social science and an École Normale Supérieure de Cachan graduate. Thanks to her mother's profession as a ceramist, she has been exposed to the world of art and craft since her childhood; in 2008, she embarked on a doctoral thesis in the social sciences at the University of Picardy. Within this context, her original research work, entitled Les artisans d'art en France. Ethiques et marchés (artistic craftsmen in France - ethics and market), has been rewarded as "the only sociology thesis ever written on artistic craftsmanship in France, in its great diversity," highlights Nathalie Beaux, a member of the selection committee.

Anne Jourdain's thesis, the product of four years of research, offers an in-depth analysis of craftsmen and craftswomen, their associated businesses and political action in their favour since the late 19th century.

The project to publish

Thanks to support from the Ateliers d'Art de France Foundation, the very first social science study on artistic craftsmanship will be published in September 2014.

The final work will be accessible to a wide readership, equally encompassing art and craft professionals - to offer them an insight into their own history - and the general public in order to improve awareness on artistic craftsmanship throughout society.

The jury

The jury members are appointed for a single session:

  • Nathalie Beaux, editorial person in charge, Editions du Seuil
  • Laurence Cossé, writer
  • Pascale Giffard, person in charge of the exhibitions and the editorial contents, Meetings of Arles
  • Hugues Jacquet, doctor in sociology
  • Martine Robert, journalist, Les Échos
  • Mr Serge Nicole, jury chairman, ceramist, Ateliers d'Art de France and Ateliers d'Art de France Foundation president
  • Nicole Crestou, ceramist, Ateliers d'Art de France and Ateliers d'Art de France Foundation director
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