Pierre Lachaier

After having graduated as an Engineer (Écoles des Hautes Études Industrielles, Lille, 1965-1969), and worked some ten years in the chemical industry in France and in the German-speaking Switzerland, I have been serving two years in an Indian NGO in Sangli, Maharashtra (1980-1982). Back in France, I started studying social anthropology and wrote a thesis on Merchant and Industrial Networks in Maharashtra, Castes, Subcontracting and Clientelism, (PhD in 1989, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, EHESS, Paris). Member of the Centre for South Asian Studies (Centre d’Études de l'Inde et de l’Asie du Sud, CEIAS, Paris), I have been making my work known through some seminars and papers, and entered in 1995 in the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO), which posted me as a researcher in its Pondicherry Centre (1995-2001). Then, based in Paris, I have been going on studying Indian merchants networks, particularly in Gujarat (India), but also in France and in Portugal. After having taught a few semesters in Lyon, I have been giving a yearly seminar in the EHESS, Paris. With some colleagues, I started in 2004 the EFEO’s working group Études gujarati et sindhi : sociétés, langues et cultures, which organizes monthly conferences up till now, the last of them having lead me to be become interested in Ethno-architecture.


Pierre Lachaier
Pierre Lachaier

Maître de conférences

(Anthropologie des réseaux marchands en Inde)

22, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
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