Mark Ingram

ProfessorFrench Transnational Studies

Mark Ingram is Professor of French Transnational Studies. His doctorate from N.Y.U. is a joint degree in cultural anthropology and French studies. Moving between these two fields has remained important to his scholarship and his teaching, which includes courses on French language, French and francophone societies and cultures, and the anthropology of Europe (SOA 238). His French Special Topics courses (FR 358, FR 433) explore aspects of cultural change in the francophone world through consideration of new perspectives from artists, scholars, journalists, and others. Generally, his research addresses the politics of the arts, with special attention to how artists engage French understandings of republican citizenship, as in his first book (Rites of the Republic. ‘Citizens theatre’ and the politics of culture in southern France). He has helped organize on-campus residencies for French theatre artists. He also enjoys teaching about French food and cooking, both on campus and during study abroad in the French Theatre ICA to Avignon, Marseille, and Paris (FR/THE 272Y).

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Marseille has figured prominently in my recent research. With Kathryn Kleppinger, I edited The Marseille Mosaic. A Mediterranean City at the Crossroads of Cultures (Berghahn, 2023), an interdisciplinary volume drawing on sociology, geography, art history, and cinema studies, among other fields. The book explores the history and contemporary creativity shaping this fascinating city that has its own distinctive approach to the waves of immigrants, refugees, and repatriates that have recast postcolonial Europe. The book includes a chapter I co-wrote with Dr. Rebecca Free (Theatre) about the public outreach work of Marseillais theatres. Other interests include critical heritage studies, and intersectional approaches to French and Francophone studies. My article “Seeking an intersectional ‘convergence des luttes’ in the occupied theatres of Marseille” appeared in the first issue of the journal CFC Intersections.  My current research examines environmental urbanism in Marseille through a focus on activist arts projects that integrate social justice and ecological concerns.



2023 (Co-edited with Kathryn Kleppinger) The Marseille Mosaic. A Mediterranean City at the Crossroads of Cultures, Berghahn Press.

2011 (Ethnographic monograph) Rites of the Republic. ‘Citizens theatre’ and the politics of culture in southern France. University of Toronto Press.

Selected book chapters

2023 (with Kathryn Kleppinger) “Introduction. The Marseille Mosaic” in The Marseille Mosaic. A Mediterranean City at the Crossroads of Cultures, eds. M. Ingram, K. Kleppinger, Berghahn Press, pp. 1-26.

2023 (with Rebecca Free) “The Outreach Work of Marseillais Theatres hors les murs” in The Marseille Mosaic. A Mediterranean City at the Crossroads of Cultures, eds. M. Ingram, K. Kleppinger, Berghahn Press, pp. 250-71.

2021 "Bridges and Fault Lines in the Mediterranean City: Neighbourhood Memory in an Urban Walk in Marseille” in Urban Bridges, Global Capital(s): Trans-Mediterranean Francosphères, eds. Claire Launchbury and Megan MacDonald, Liverpool University Press, pp. 135-154.

Selected journal articles

2022 “Seeking an intersectional ‘convergence des luttes’ in the occupied theatres of Marseille”, CFC Intersections. Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 101-18.

2019 (Review Essay) “An Anthropology of the Contemporary in France”, a review of Sophie Chevalier, ed., Anthropology at the Crossroads: The View from France (UK: Sean Kingston Publishing, 2015), in French Politics, Culture & Society, Vol. 37, No. 3, Winter: 108–122.

2018 (with Rebecca Free) “Collaborative Mapping to Enhance Local Engagement and Interdisciplinary Dialogue in a Short-term Study Abroad Program”, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. Volume 12 Issue 1, Page 5-14.

2016 "Emplacement and the politics of heritage in low-income neighborhoods of Marseille" in International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 22 No.2 Feb/Mar , pp. 117-130.        

2011 “The politics of the arts and French republican identity: The living legacy of state cultural policy since 1959”, Perspectives on Europe. Journal of the Council for European Studies, 41:1, Spring, pp.15-20.

2010 “Promoting Europe through 'Unity in Diversity': Avignon as European Capital of Culture in 2000” in Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Vol. 10 Issue 1, pp. 14-25.

2009 “The Artist and the City in ‘Euro-Mediterranean’ Marseille: Redefining State Cultural Policy in an Era of Transnational Governance” in City and Society: Journal of the Society for Urban Anthropology, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 268-92.

2005 “Recasting the Language Requirement through Study Abroad: A cultural immersion program in Avignon", Foreign Language Annals, Summer, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 211-222.

Selected commissioned reviews

2021 Adventure Capital. Migration and the Making of an African Hub in Paris by Julie Kleinman. University of California Press (2019), in Contemporary French Civilization, 46, (1), 113–116.

2018 Aesthetic Citizenship: Immigration and Theater in Twenty-First-Century Paris, by Emine Fişek (2017) in Modern Language Notes, 133(5):1427-1431.

2013 Trade of the Tricks. Inside the Magician’s Craft by Graham M. Jones, in French Politics, Culture & Society, Vol. 31, 2 (summer):149-51. 

2008 Language Learners in Study Abroad Contexts by Margaret A. DuFon and Eton Churchill (eds), in The Modern Language Journal, Spring, vol. 92, no.1: pp. 140-42.

2007 Renouveau et décentralisation du théâtre 1945-1981, by Pascale Goetschel, in French Politics, Culture & Society, Summer, vol. 25, no. 2: pp. 151-53.

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

Selected presentations at academic conferences     

2022 “Reconfiguring urban landscapes in Marseille through arts-centered environmental activism”, in panel (European Activisms And Arts) for the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, Seattle, November 10.

2021 “Theatre, occupations, and the politics of culture in Marseille”  in co-chaired panel (Art in and of Marseille: Urban intersections from a city at the crossroads of cultures), for Contemporary French Civilization Intersections Inaugural Conference, Sept. 25.

2021 (with Kathryn Kleppinger) “The Marseille Mosaic. A Mediterranean City and the Crossroads of Cultures” at 20th & 21st Century French & Francophone Studies Colloquium. online, March.

2019 (with Rebecca Free) “Temporal interventions: public space and the everyday in site-specific theatre in Marseille” for panel “The City as a Work of Art: Examining Artistic Influences on Urban Transformation”, AAA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, November.

2018 (with Claire Bullen) “The European Capitals of Culture Programme and the Mediterranean heritage-making in Marseille” at conference: The Cultural Heritage of Europe @ 2018 Re-assessing a Concept–Re-defining its Challenges, organized by LabEx «Écrire une Histoire Nouvelle de l’Europe», University Paris-    Sorbonne, June.

2017The problems and promise of collaborative digital maps: exploring new modes of displaying knowledge”, Society for Visual Anthropology Roundtable: “Visual Matters: The Role of anthropology in producing and analyzing visual material”, AAA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November.

2016 “The role of short-term study abroad in the undergraduate French Studies curriculum” in panel “Teaching French History and French Studies” at the Institute of French Studies Alumni Symposium,“ New York University, April 12.

2015 “Ethnographic autobiography and the performance of neighborhood identity in the quartiers nord of Marseille” in the “Vital Memories” Performance Studies Focus Group, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference, Montreal, July 29.

2014City space and performances of the heritage of low-income neighborhoods in Marseille”. Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference, University of Bergamo, Italy, June 5-7.

2013 “Urban Arts in Europe: New publics and politics”. Chair, Society for the Anthropology of Europe Luncheon Roundtable, AAA, Chicago, November.

2013 “Arts projects and social change in the northern neighborhoods of Marseille, ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2013”. Society for French Historical Studies Meeting, Cambridge, MA. Session: Faces of Change in France Today, April 6.

2012 “Hearing the Mediterranean In Performance: The Politics of Street Theatre In Marseille”. Session: Sensing the Political: Materiality, Aesthetics, and Embodiment. AAA, San Francisco, November.  

Academic or Professional Associations

American Anthropological Association

Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

Editorial Board for the journal CFC Intersections

Anonymous reviewing has included anthropology grant proposals for the National Science Foundation, and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec, Société et Culture (Quebec Province Research Fund), a book manuscript for the University of Toronto Press, and article submissions to Anthropological Quarterly, American Ethnologist, CFC Intersections, Contemporary French Civilization, European Urban and Regional Studies, French Politics, Culture and Society, International Journal of Cultural Policy, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, and the Journal of Mediterranean Studies.