Felipe Kaiser Fernandes: Research & CV

Crossing the Borders of the Bazaar: Anthropology of a marketplace in the Context of the Vietnamese Diaspora in the Czech Republic.

Research Area 1 – Displacements, “Dépaysements” and Discrepancies: People, Knowledge and Practice

Contact: felipe.fernandes@cefres.cz (from 1st September 2018)

PhD candidate in Anthropology (EHESS, CEFRES) recipient of the international mobility aid for doctoral students (AMI doctoral students) of the Ile-de-France Region and UMIFRE researcher at the CEFRES in Prague, my thesis is based on ethnographic fieldwork at Sapa, an area situated in the periphery of Prague and which has become a commercial, political and religious center for Việt Kiều (Vietnamese abroad) in the Czech Republic. My methodological approach tends to explore everyday practices of migrants moving between North Viêt Nam and Czech Republic, in particular their religious ceremonies (Xuân An vui, Phật Đản), rituals (weddings, funerals) and traditions (Tết), not to mention the economic exchanges. Through these examples, I seek to trace the processes that links Sapa in the global economy, shedding a light to the circulation between Prague and Hanoi. This approach is based on a broader perspective that combines concepts of urban anthropology, as well as those of the anthropology of religion and of globalization. In addition, I seek to understand emigration and immigration as generated concomitantly (Sayad, 1991). My research corpus includes textual, observational, visual data as well as the historical memory of this place. My thesis is prepared under the supervision of Sophie Wahnich (IIAC-EHESS-CNRS).

My urban anthropology thesis, which also uses models from the anthropology of religion and globalization, focuses on the Sapa shopping centre in the suburbs of Prague. Also perceived as a territory demarcated by a “commercial area”, this central place for Việt Kiều (Vietnamese abroad) is seen as a support for identity and as a producer of identity, a space of belonging and appropriation, and thus as a multidimensional urban object, commercial, political and religious, individual and collective, local and universal.  It is a question of uncovering the logics of its foundation and its perpetuation, but also and above all the way in which it is lived.  I propose to re-examine the position of this space on the basis of the study of the practices, collective or individual, of all the protagonists who invest it: the shopkeepers, the người phật tử (Buddhists), the religious leaders, the employees of the Administration of this place, the residents of the district who frequent it daily, the foreign Vietnamese pilgrims who discover it for the first time, the curious passer-by or the people who find shelter there, Vietnamese or not. Based on these multiple experiences, the bazaar to which I dedicate this work is that of uncertain perimeters that change according to the new arrangements of daily life.

Through an ethnographic investigation centred on Sapa and accompanied by important historical contextualizations, my objective is to grasp the bazaar factory (Geertz, 2003) in the process of being built, to consider its borders as the result of an ongoing elaboration, to apprehend commercial practices, and finally to observe the processes of globalization of this site, its religious (Xuân An vui, Phật Đản) and community rituals (weddings, funerals), its traditions (Tết). Following several scales of analysis, the aim is to question the capacity of the bazaar economy to federate, by deploying itself on several scales: between countries, cities and urban territories. I integrate into my corpus personal accounts, as well as photographic and audio-visual sources.



2017: PhD student  in  Social Anthropology and Ethnology,               School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS),             Director of research: Sophie Wahnich

2015-2017: Master’s degree in Sciences humanities and social sciences, mention social sciences, Master’s thesis title : Conflits d’appropriation et de cohabitation dans les espaces publics du centre historique de Saint-Denis, Université Paris VIII Vincennes Saint-Denis, Director of research: Agnès Deboulet

2014-2016: Master’s degree in Administration (Field Management, organizations and environments), Master’s thesis title: Tecendo redes : O organizar ampliado em uma favela através de da terapia integrativa comunitária, Center for Applied Social Sciences, Ceará State University, Brazil, Director of research: Ana Silvia Rocha Ipiranga

Master’s scholarship from Fundação cearense de apoio ao desenvolvimento científico e tecnológico (Cearense Foundation to Support Scientific and Technological Development)

2006-2011: Bachelor’s degree in Management, Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Thesis director: Prof. José Carlos Lázaro

Communications & Publications

  • Fernandes, Felipe Kaiser, Ipiranga, Ana Silvia, Organizing precarious spaces: An actor-network approach on favelas. In 32ème Colloquium EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) in Naples, 2016
  • Fernandes, Felipe Kaiser, Ipiranga, Ana Silvia, Spatialities and organizing on favelas. Dans Workshop Organizations, Artifacts and Practices (OAP) in Lisbonne, 2016
  • Fernandes, Felipe Kaiser, Bezerra, Mariana, Ipiranga, Ana Silvia. História da Escola de Administração do Ceará: Uma educação para o desenvolvimento?, In 3rd Congress of the Brazilian Society of Organization Studies (SBEO) in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil, 2015.
  • Moraes, Cynara ; Fernandes, Felipe Kaiser ; Stephany Filho, Luis. ; Silva, Vitória. A Influência Dos Professores Com Experiência Profissional Exterior Ao Magistério Superior Na Intenção Empreendedora De Estudantes De Administração, In 8th Congress of Franco-Brazilian Institute of Business Administration (IFBAE), in Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, 2015.
  • (Forthcoming paper) Bezerra, Mariana, Fernandes, Felipe Kaiser, Chaym, Carlos Dias, Ipiranga, Ana Silvia. History of Ceará Administration School: An education for development? In ReGeA – Journal of Management Analysis, Unichristus
  • Stephany Filho, Luis, Silva, Vitória, Moraes, Cynara, Fernandes, Felipe Kaiser, Morales, Jose The influence of teachers with non-academic experience on entrepreneurial intent of administration students. Business Management Review (BMR), v.4, p.761, 2015

Scientific activities

  • Organization of International Colloquium Contradictions urbaines #1: recherches citoyennes, état des lieux et perspectives at l’ENSA (National School of Architecture Paris Val-de-Seine), 28 mars 2017
  • Collective-research living environment of “la Rue de la République” (Republic Street) – Marseille, France. Workshop of collective research at Marseille : « Disparition et résistance de la ville populaire », coordinated by Khedidja Mamou and Agnès Deboulet (ENSA Montpellier, Paris 8) and the Un centre ville pour tous association from January 30th  to february 5th, 2016
  • International symposium of marketing and innovation: connecting Brazil and Canada for innovation, organized by Simon Fraser University, Beedie School of Business and the Center for Applied Social Sciences, Ceará State University, Brazil, 2-3 July, 2014
  • 2017: Student Frech-egyptian Exchange program Research Campus France-Lavue (Laboratoire Architecture, Ville, Urbanisme, Environnement), directed by professor Agnès Deboulet and the Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC). 
  • 2014–2016: Urban practices and aesthetics organization of cities. Funded research project by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, CAPES, Brazil.
  • 2012–2015: Organizing practices in a scientific laboratory R&D of Northeast Biotechnology Network (Brazil). Scientific research project funded by CNPq (Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development). CNPq is one of two Brazilian institutions equivalent to the CNRS.