Dr Violette Pouillard, DPhil
8th April 2017
received her DPhil from the Free University of Brussels and the University of Lyon (Jean Moulin-Lyon III) in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation aims to reconsider the history of zoos by paying attention, from the early nineteenth century to the present times, to human gestures and practices, their influences on animals, and the dynamics (or the breakage of dynamics) between humans and zoo animals. She is currently a Wiener-Anspach Postdoctoral Fellow at the African Studies Centre of the University of Oxford and an academic visitor at St. Antony’s College. Her new research project concerns the (post)colonial management of wildlife in the Congo, Uganda and Kenya. She is also a scientific collaborator at MMC, Free University of Brussels, and an associate researcher at LARHRA, University Jean Moulin-Lyon III. She has published several articles on the history of zoos and the colonial management of free-living animals in peer-reviewed journals (Revue historique, and Revue de synthèse) and she is currently in the process of completing a book based on her doctoral dissertation.