Blandine Ripert
Blandine Ripert
Senior Research Fellow, CNRS
September 2015 to present
Anthropology and Geography
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About

Kathmandu (Nepal)
A CNRS research fellow since 2001, Blandine Ripert is an ethno-geographer and her research is focused on contemporary dynamics in Nepal and India, which she approaches from a spatial, social, cultural, political and religious point of view. In particular, she has taken an interest in the impact of the globalization process on this rural population (PhD in 2000 at the Université Denis Diderot-Paris 7, under the direction of Olivier Dollfus) and in the Christianization process of a Buddhist population group in central Nepal (among the Western Tamangs, in the Nuwakot, Dhading and Rasuwa districts).
She has also worked on questions regarding management and appropriation of natural environments and the transformation of landscapes in Nepal and in the Alps (Parc des Écrins), as well as on the effects of the dissemination of agricultural innovations in a context of agrarian and political transformations in central Nepal, but also on conflicts surrounding appropriation of space (environmental policies in Nepal, and short-term fieldwork in north-eastern India in the vicinity of the Kaziranga National Park).
Her research has also taken an interest in the dissemination and impact of new information and communication technologies in India (fieldwork in Tamil Nadu in the vicinity of Madurai as part of a post-doctoral fellowship in 2001/2002 at the Institut français de Pondichéry, then in Bombay in 2003 with ACI funding). More broadly speaking, Blandine Ripert is interested in localized cultural and religious transformations in a context of globalization, and she approaches these questions by studying acculturation processes.
She was co-director of the Center for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS) from January 2010 to December 2013, as part of an executive board that also included Loraine Kennedy, Aminah Mohammad-Arif and Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal.


Blandine Ripert is also affiliated to the Center for Indian and South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS Paris), to the Centre d'Etudes Himalayennes (CNRS Villejuif) and to the Centre d'Etudes en Sciences Sociales du Religieux (CNRS-EHESS Paris).
As member of the CSH where she arrived in September 2915, she has been posted in Kathmandu (Nepal) to conduct her research. In this new phase of fieldwork, she is particularly interested in former villagers who have become urbanized, settling either in Kathmandu or in medium-sized cities, in order to better understand how this change in location modifies their practices and representations, especially from religious, identitarian and political perspectives, and how such changes in turn affect—or fail to affect—their home villages. She also take in account the nepalese migrants coming back from the Persic Golf, to see how they integrate back in the city or in their village. The earthquakes that occurred in April and May 2015 also modified her area of study and intervention, as she also analyze the impact of such destruction and reconstruction on choices made by villagers and urbans. She follows the action of NGOs involved in reconstruction, to better anderstand this context and the constraints they face.
Risks and Territorial Dynamics

Journal Articles

Most publications are available on the author's Academia.edu page

Co-editorship of books or special issues of journals
Mohammad-Arif Aminah and Ripert Blandine (eds.), 2014, "Ideas of South Asia, Symbolic Representations and Political Uses," South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, No. 10, samaj.revues.org/.
Ripert Blandine, Haag Pascale, 2014, Idées reçues sur l'Inde contemporaine, ‘Idées reçues’ series, Cavalier bleu, Paris, 183 p. Updated, expanded and illustrated edition of the 2009 book.
Didelon Clarisse and Ripert Blandine (guest editors), 2010, "Social and spatial dimensions of ICT in India," Netcom, Vol. 23, No. 3-4.
Haag Pascale, Ripert Blandine, 2009 [2006], L'Inde, Cavalier bleu, Paris, 128 p. Second updated edition.
Jacques Lévy, P. Poncet, D. Andrieu, B. Beaude, R. Dagorn, M. Dumont, K. Hurel, B. Ripert, M. Stock, O. Vilaça (eds.), 2008, L'invention du Monde. Une géographie de la mondialisation, Paris, Presses de Sciences-Po, pp. 187-204. Translated into Italian (2010) and English (in press).
Research articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributions to research-based works:
Tristan Bruslé, Blandine Ripert, 2016, “Le Népal en 2015 : de crise en crise”, Mondes émergents, Asie, Jean-Luc Racin Eds, La Documentation française, pp. 105-122.
Ripert Blandine, 2014, “From South Asia to Southasianism: A Nepalese Activist’s Perspective,” An interview with Kanak Mani Dixit, South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, No. 10.
Ripert Blandine, 2014, “Improbable Globalization: Individualization and Christianization among the Tamangs of Central Nepal,” in Toffin Gérard and Pfaff-Czamecka Joanna (eds.), Globalization, Belonging and the Politics of the Self in the Himalayas, Delhi, Sage.
Ripert Blandine, 2014, “Redefining Belonging and Bonds to Territory: Multiple Forms of Mobility and Itineraries among the Tamangs of Central Nepal,” in Smadja Joëlle (eds.), Territorial Changes, Territorial Restructurings in the Himalayas, Delhi, Adroit Publishers.
Didelon Clarisse and Ripert Blandine, 2010, “Un modèle indien du développement des TIC ?” in Didelon C., Ripert B. (guest editors), Social and Spatial Dimensions of ICT in India, Netcom journal, Vol. 23, No. 3-4, pp. 181-200.
Ripert Blandine, 2010, “Mondo(i). Le “culture” tra uniformizzazione et frammentazione,” in J. Lévy, P. Poncet, D. Andrieu, B. Beaude, R. Dagorn, M. Dumont, K. Hurel, B. Ripert, M. Stock, O. Vilaça (eds.), Inventare il Mondo, una geografia della mondializzazione, Bruno Mondadori (collane Saggi), pp. 187-204. Translation of the French version.
Ripert Blandine, 2010, “Acculturation,” in Azria Régine, Hervieu-Léger Danièle (eds.), Dictionnaire des Faits religieux, Paris, PUF, Quadrige, pp. 7-12.
Ripert Blandine, 2010, “Internet et les Nouvelles Technologies d'Information et de Communication,” in Frédéric Landy (ed.), Dictionnaire de l'Inde Contemporaine, Paris, Armand Colin.
Ripert Blandine, 2009, “Parcelling of Land, Privatisation along with Collective Management of Space and Resources on the Salme Mountainside,” in Joëlle Smadja (ed.), Reading Himalayan Landscapes Over Time. Environmental Perception, Knowledge and Practice in Nepal and Ladakh, ‘Sciences Sociales’ series No. 14, Institut Français de Pondichéry, pp. 467-492.
Ripert Blandine, Sacareau Isabelle, Boisseaux Thierry, Tawa Lama Stéphanie, 2009, “Discourses and Laws: Resource Management and Environmental Policies Since 1950,” in Joëlle Smadja (ed.), Reading Himalayan Landscapes Over Time. Environmental Perception, Knowledge and Practice in Nepal and Ladakh, ‘Sciences Sociales’ series No. 14, Institut Français de Pondichéry, pp. 379-420.
Ripert Blandine, 2008, “Monde(s). Les « cultures », entre uniformisation et fragmentation,” in Jacques Lévy, P. Poncet, D. Andrieu, B. Beaude, R. Dagorn, M. Dumont, K. Hurel, B. Ripert, M. Stock, O. Vilaça (eds.), L'invention du Monde. Une géographie de la mondialisation, Paris, Presses de Sciences-Po, pp. 187-204.
Poncet Patrick, Ripert Blandine, 2007, “Fractured Space: A Geographical Reflection on the Digital Divide,” Geojournal (Canada), pp. 19-29.
Ripert Blandine, 2006, “Une expérience indienne des fractures numériques,” Terminal (Technologie de l’information, culture et société—Information Technology, Culture and Society), L’Harmattan, No. 95-96, pp. 113-127.
Tricoire Emmanuelle, Hamidi Camille, Ripert Blandine and Tank Sébastien, 2006, “L’individu comme ressort théorique dans les sciences sociales : Partager l’individu,” EspacesTemps.net, http://espacestemps.net/document1515.html
Lévy Jacques, Ripert Blandine and Tricoire Emmanuelle, 2004, “Penser aujourd’hui l’individu d’aujourd’hui,” introduction to the dossier entitled “Individu [Individual],” EspacesTemps.net, http://espacestemps.net/document774.html
Ripert Blandine, 2004, “Le « lama pasteurisé », Vers de nouvelles figures d'autorité religieuse chez les Tamang de l'Ouest,” in Bouillier V., Servan-Schreiber (eds.), De l’Arabie à l’Himalaya, Hommages à Marc Gaborieau, 13 p.
Ripert Blandine, 2003, “Morcellement, privatisation mais nouvelle gestion collective de l'espace et des ressources naturelles sur le versant de Salmé,” in Joëlle Smadja (ed.), Histoires et devenirs de paysages en Himalaya. Des exemples au Népal et au Ladakh, Editions du CNRS, pp. 447 471.
Ripert Blandine, Sacareau Isabelle, Boisseau Thierry, Tawa Lama Stéphanie, 2003, “Des discours et des lois : gestion des ressources et politiques environnementales depuis 1950 au Népal,” in Joëlle Smadja (ed.), Histoires et devenirs de paysages en Himalaya. Des exemples au Népal et au Ladakh, Editions du CNRS, pp. 365-402.
Didelon Clarisse, Morel Jean-Luc, Ripert Blandine, 2003, “Les technologies d'information et de communication dans le monde indien,” L'Information géographique, vol. 67, June 2003, pp. 165-172.
Ripert Blandine, 2001, “Innovations Among the Poor: Conversions to Christianity in Central Nepal,” in Anand Amaladass (ed.), Profiles of Poverty and Networks of Power in India, DACA Publications, Madurai, p. 131-142.
Ripert Blandine, 2000, book review: Small Sacrifices: Religious Change and Cultural Identity among the Ngaju of Indonesia, Anne Schiller, Oxford University Press, 1997, Contemporary Sociology, A Journal of Review, pp. 61-63.
Ripert Blandine, 1997, “Christianisme et pouvoirs locaux dans une vallée tamang du Népal Central,” Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, No. 99, p. 69-86.
 
Articles devoted to dissemination of scientific information published in on-line peer-reviewed and specialized journals
Ripert Blandine, 2015, “Un processus de mondialisation observé à l'échelle locale au Népal Central : Transformations agricoles, économiques, politiques et sociales au bout du monde,” Géoconfluences, http://geoconfluences.ens-lyon.fr/
Ripert Blandine, 2006, “Si loin,” EspacesTemps.net, Mensuelles, 05.04.2006
Fort Monique, Ripert Blandine and Smadja Joëlle, 2005, “Trois parcours avec Olivier Dollfus,” EspacesTemps.net, Mensuelles
Ripert Blandine, 2004, “Photo souvenir sur assiette,” EspacesTemps.net, Mensuelles, 06.09.2004
Ripert Blandine, 2004, “Ritualiser l'éphémère : les cerisiers en fleurs au Japon,” EspacesTemps.net, Mensuelles, 03.05.2004
Ripert Blandine and Emmanuelle Tricoire, 2004, “Imaginez un monde sans mesure...,” EspacesTemps.net, Mensuelles, 10.03.2004
Ripert Blandine, 2004, “Ganesh s'est mis à l'informatique !” EspacesTemps.net, Mensuelles, 04.02.2004
Ripert Blandine, 2003, “Si loin, si proche,” EspacesTemps.net, Mensuelles, 05.10.2003