Occitane Lacurie is a PhD student in arts and visual studies at the École des Arts de la Sorbonne (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne) under the supervision of Olivier Schefer and Christa Blümlinger (Université Paris 8 – Vincennes-Saint-Denis). Her doctoral research aims to enlighten the regimes of visibility and the modes rationality generated by ghostly apparitions and their scientific study. From a history of spectral sciences and an anthropology of techniques aiming at observing or reproducing ghostly phenomena, her dissertation proposes an archaeology of audiovisual media drawing on these paradoxical rationalities and an investigation of the artistic forms derived from them that still haunt our visual culture. At Université Paris 1 and Université Paris 8, she works as a teaching assistant in film studies and in philosophy of art. Prior to her doctorate, she completed two Master’s degrees in film studies and in arts at the ENS de Lyon and the EHESS.
Occitane is also a film critique for the French cinema journal Débordements and the cultural podcast of the newspaper Mediapart. She programs Débordements’ film club in the Saint- André-des-Arts cinema in Paris.