Solenn Thircuir

Discipline(s): Sociology

Current position: Ph.D. Candidate

Diploma(s): M.A.

Affiliation(s): Doctoral Network of Public Health


Centre Norbert Elias - EHESS -University of California, Berkeley - Stanford University Since October 2015: Ph.D. candidate in sociology under the supervision of Prof. Emmanuel Pedler

EHESS 2013 – 2015 Master’s degree « Recherches Comparatives en Anthropologie, Histoire et Sociologie » (Comparative research in Anthropology, History and Sociology)

University of Lyon II/ McMaster University 2011 – 2013 Bachelor’s degree in economics, law, management and sociology 

Saint Just High School 2010 – 2011 Preparatory class for leading business schools



Reinventing Oneself through Food
Raw Foodism, a new way of thinking the environment and health

My thesis focuses on food practices, in particular the raw food movement. This research reveals new health issues in relation to spirituality. It is a socio-historical analysis of this food practice in France and the United States. The aim is to understand, from individual stories, how an experimentation with another way of eating makes possible other ways of living one's environment and body.
My work also focus on social networks to highlight how new knowledge is emerging. By proposing a complementary approach to nutritional epidemiology studies, my research aims to create links between the social sciences and medical sciences. It attempts to describe what characterizes the human being, in its physical, biological, psychological, cultural, social and historical dimensions.


Participation in congresses, colloquia, study days, international seminars with presentation of personal research:

Religion in Society Conference, University of California Berkeley, United States, April 17th – 18th, 2018 - S. Thircuir, « Diet as a Postmodern Orientation of Religion », panel “Religious Foundations”

Food Studies Conference, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, October 26th – 27th, 2017 - S. Thircuir, « When You Are Green Inside, You Are Clean Inside », panel “Healthy Food Choices”

University of California Berkeley, United States, August 28th, 2017 - S. Thircuir, « How could have Claude Lévi-Strauss understood raw foodism? », written group presentation at the Humanities & Social Science Association

American Anthropological Association Conference, Minneapolis, United States, November 19th, 2016 - S. Thircuir, « Social Network as Alternative Food Space: the Case of an Online Community in France », panel “Alternative Food Spaces and Economies in Europe”

University of Massachussetts, Ahmerst,  United States, November 15th, 2016 - S. Thircuir,  « Social Network as Alternative Food Space: the Case of an Online Community in France »

European Association of Social Anthropologists Conference, Milan, Italy, July 22th, 2016 - S. Thircuir, « Raw Food as Medicine: a sociological perspective », panel “From nature to culture? Lévi-Strauss’ legacy and the study of contemporary foodways”

Cornell University, Ithaca, United States, July 16th, 2016 - S. Thircuir, « Social sciences and health studies: what makes a cross disciplinary talk difficult? » Participation to the summer university program “The Flying University”: The Future of the Humanities and Anthropological Difference: Beyond the Modern Regime of Translation”

Zhuhai Hotel, Guangzhou, China, April 8th, 2016 - S. Thircuir, « The bi-polar structure of science and the future of health studies »

University of Hong Kong, China, April 4th, 2016 - S. Thircuir, « The bi-polar structure of science and the future of health studies », Participation to the international program « Food, health and philosophy in East and West » organized by the University of Copenhagen, the University of Hong Kong and Sun Yat Sen University


Workshop for doctoral students (EHESS Marseille) 2017 – 2018

Study days organisation:

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, Paris, April 20th, 2017: M. Née, N. Nekkab, A. Pierron, G. Doussou, J. Roux, S. Thircuir, « La démocratie sanitaire : l’usager au cœur du système de santé. L’exemple des maladies chroniques » Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Marseille, June 19th, 2018: R. Affaya, Y. Amenna, J. Aznar, G. Cassone, S. Mathieu, C. Paradisio, L. Renucci, S. Thircuir, Journée Doctorale de l’EHESS – Marseille « D’écrire l’espace. Usages de la cartographie en sciences sociales »