Vincent Debaene

Associate Professor of French

Columbia University

Vincent Debaene received his academic training in France, where he was a fellow of the École normale supérieure. He received his doctorate from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 2004. He was a Lecturer at Yale University in 1996-1997, taught for two years in high school in Antananarivo (Madagascar), and for four years at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Principal teaching and research interests include French anthropology, 20th-Century French literature, literary theory, intellectual history, and the points of contact between scientific discourses and literature. Debaene was in charge of the edition of the works of Claude Lévi-Strauss in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (2008). His book on the relationship between literature and anthropology in 20th-Century France, L’Adieu au voyage, was published by Gallimard in the fall 2010 in the "Bibliothèque des sciences humaines" series. His current project is devoted to the engagement of early Francophone writers and intellectuals with anthropological knowledge during the French colonial period.