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France, «Valois» Thesis Prize to a research on Matera 2019

By press release November 30, 2021
"Abitare l'Opera", Matera2019 project "Abitare l'Opera", Matera2019 project Photo by Matera 2019

On November 18, 2021, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, presented the prizes for the 2021 edition of the: Young Researchers. Created by the Ministry of Culture in 2017 and placed under the aegis of the Ministry’s History Committee, the «Valois» Thesis Prize distinguishes three doctoral theses for their quality, their originality and their essential contribution to the public policies carried out by the Ministry of Culture.

The prize, which is worth 8,000 euro per laureate, provides support for the publication of the thesis and encourages young researchers to share their research. It is an essential lever for the dissemination of research on the public policies of culture, whatever the disciplines and cultural fields (heritage, creation, media and cultural industries).

For this fourth edition, the thesis prize “Valois” was awarded to:

Violette Abergel, for her thesis: «Digital survey of wall art: definition of an innovative approach combining geometric, visual and semantic properties within a mixed reality environment» PhD thesis in Design and Engineering Sciences, École nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers – HESAM Université. Direction: Livio DE LUCA and Philippe VERON

This thesis focuses on the limitations, challenges and methodological renewals raised by the rapid democratization of digital culture in the field of heritage surveys, with the aim of proposing an approach capable of reconciling the contributions of analogue practices, in order to achieve a better balance between quantitative and qualitative. The research, carried out in close collaboration with the National Centre of Prehistory, has focused on the specific case of parietal art.

Pierre Nocérino, for his thesis: «Les auteurs et autrices de bande dessinée: la formation contrariée d'un groupe social» PhD thesis in Sociology, EHESS. Direction: Cyril Lemieux. Making comics authors an object for sociology, this research work deepens previous work on the evolution of the artistic professions, while integrating comics into the formal restitution of the ethnographic survey carried out. Questioning the conditions and obstacles to the constitution by the authors of comics themselves of a collective force in the service of the defense of their professional interests, this thesis also addresses the role of public authorities in this process.

Marina Rotolo, for her thesis: «La production de la ville en contexte labellisé. Matera, capitale européenne de la culture en 2019» PhD thesis in Architecture, Université Paris Est. Direction: Nathalie Lancret and Adèle Esposito. This research, placed at the edge of the history of architecture, anthropology and social ethnology, and mobilizing notions of political science, proposes a behind-the-scenes examination of the labeling process, analyzing the experience of Matera 2019 through three issues: representations, urban planning and actors' games.

These prizes are awarded after deliberation by the jury, chaired by Maryvonne de Saint-Pulgent, president of the History Committee, and made up of six qualified personalities in the field of cultural policies: Marie Cornu, director of research at the CNRS, member of the History Committee of the Ministry of Culture, Pascale Goetschel, professor of contemporary history at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Nathalie Heinich, director of research at the CNRS, Laurent Martin, professor of history at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne, Jean-Baptiste Minnaert, professor of contemporary art history at the Sorbonne university, director of the André Chastel Centre, and Pierre Oudart, director general of the Institut national supérieur d'enseignement artistique Marseille Méditerranée.


Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, congratulates the three laureates on the quality of their research. The number and quality of applications received, despite the difficult conditions associated with the health crisis, testify to the vitality of cultural policy research. Research must continue to be encouraged and supported; its results disseminated and valued to help inform public policy. She also wishes to thank the members of the jury and the History Committee, in particular its president, Maryvonne de Saint-Pulgent.


The History Committee will be responsible for organizing the fifth edition of the «Valois» Thesis Prize in 2022.


Here is the direct link to Marina Rotolo thesis. 

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