On the 21st and 22nd of May, 2024, Aina Azevedo, FIAS / Iméra resident research fellow (2023-24) and Josune Urrutia Asua, holder of the Research-Creation in oncology and immunology – ICI/Iméra Chair (2023-24), are organizing a seminar entitled “Drawn Perspectives” to bring different perspectives on drawing over two days.

This is a closed door event. Attendance is based on invitations only.

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Drawn Perspectives Seminar

21-22 May, 2024 at Iméra (meeting room of Maison Neuve, 2 place Leverrier, 13004)

The Drawn Perspectives Seminar aims to promote dialogue between scientists, artists and anthropologists who have in common the use of drawing in their work. We are interested in thinking and discussing drawing as a research methodology, a form of knowledge expression and an epistemological tool. If for artists, drawing is naturally an expressive form, this does not occur in the same way among other areas like anthropology or scientific research.

The Drawn PerspectivesSeminar proposes to bring together different perspectives on drawing over two days. On the first day we will have the guests’ presentations about their own work with drawings; on the second day we will have a workshop to reflect and take advantage of the ideas shared the previous day about drawing.


Tuesday 21 May 2024

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome coffee

09:30 – 09:45 Presentation – Aina Azevedo

09:45 – 10:15 “Drawing the Invisible”– Deena Newman

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:15 “Sketching, natural intelligence’s last bastion” – Manuel João Ramos

11:15 – 11:45 “Dessiner la fabrique d’un scandale environnemental et sanitaire” – Marina Rougeon

11:45 – 12:15 Discussion

12:15 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:15 Coffee

14:15 – 14:30 Presentation – Josune Urrutia

14:30 – 15:00 “Drawing in the contact zone”– Filipa Pontes

15:00 – 15:30 “About lines – weaving, drawing, scoring” – Cécile Babiole

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:30 “Creating mathematics through drawing” – Anne Pichon

16:30 – 17:00 “Images in cancer neuroscience” – Fanny Mann

17:00 – 17:30 Discussion

19:00 – Dinner

Wednesday 22 May 2024

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome coffee

09:30 – 11:00 Workshop with Lucile Ourvoua and Elsa Klee

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Workshop with Lucile Ourvoua and Elsa Klee

13:30 – Lunch


Anne Pichon

Anne Pichon is a mathematician and professor at Aix Marseille University. Her research focuses on geometry. She studies spaces described by algebraic equations and exhibits singularities and  irregularities, such as folds and cusps. Anne thinks by creating mental images and communicating with other mathematicians essentially through drawings.

Cécile Babiole

Cécile BABIOLE has been an active artist since the 80s, first in the field of music, then in the electronic and digital arts. Her creations combine the visual and sound arts in installations and performances that question technologies. (https://www.babiole.net/)

Deena Newman

Deena Newman is PhD in Anthropology and independent scholar. Currently working on a graphic work to be published by the University of Toronto Press in their ethnoGRAPHICS series.

Elsa Klee

Elsa Klée is a comic artist and illustrator. She studied at the Strasbourg Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin and published her first book, Bibi and Peggy, by Colorama. She was artist resident at Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême where she developed Elsa and the Haters (to be released in 2025 by Fantagraphics). Based in Marseille, she co-publishes the anthology Fanatic Female Frustration with Lucile Ourvouai.

Fanny Mann

Fanny Mann is research director at the Institute of Developmental Biology in Marseille (IBDM), studying the relationship between the nervous system and cancer. Her team is using a method that makes tumors transparent to take 3D images of the neural networks inside them. They use drawing to interpret these images and communicate their research findings.

Filipa Pontes Filipa is a Visual artist working in the intersection of drawing, critical feminism and decolonial thought. She is a collaborating researcher at the Artistic Studies Research Center of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, Portugal (CIEBA-FBAUL).

Lucile Ourvoua

Lucile Ourvouai is an illustrator based in Marseille, who publishes and participates in the comics fanzines scene. Convinced by the freedom and autonomy that self-publishing affords, she promotes zine and DIY culture. In 2024 Lucile co-published “Fanatic Female Frustration” a tribute to Aline Kominsky-Crumb, the pioneer of autobiography in the American underground comic scene of the 70s.

Manuel João Ramos

Manuel João Ramos is Associate Professor with tenure at the Dept. of Anthropology and Senior Researcher of the Centre of International Studies, at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon. He pursues studies in religious symbolism in Ethiopia, and has been applying graphic research methods in the field, and inquiring into non-verbal cognition and communication.

Marina Rougeon

Marina Rougeon est enseignant chercheur à l’Université Catholique de Lyon, membre de l’Unité de Recherche Confluence : Sciences & Humanités, chercheure associée à l’UMR Environnement Ville Société et membre de l’atelier Santé et environnement de ce laboratoire. Elle mène des recherches au Brésil et en Europe méridionale, à la croisée de l’anthropologie visuelle, des religions et de la santé.


Aina Azevedo is an assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil, and FIAS / Iméra resident research fellow (2023-24). Her research focuses on the use of drawing as a methodological and epistemological tool in anthropology.

Josune Urrutia is a visual artist and researcher based in Bilbao and holder of the Research-Creation in oncology and immunology – ICI/Iméra Chair (2023-24). Her research project revolves around creating Graphic narratives for scientific and medical evolution on cancer. She is particularly interested in exploring the possibilities and potentialities of drawing as a research tool, an epistemological medium and as a place for conversation and exchange.

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