Clémence Vendryes

MENA Non-Resident Fellow

Clémence Vendryes is a geographer, freehand mapmaker and lover of walk-friendly graveyards of all countries and all religions (despite a tendency to focus on monotheism). After receiving her Master’s degree in geography from Lyon and completing lengthy fieldwork in Jerusalem and Istanbul--where she studied Jewish, Christian and Muslim graveyards-- Clémence returned to academia when she began her PhD in human geography at Aix-Marseille University in 2018. She is currently living in Jerusalem for her fieldwork, and is affiliated with the French Institute for Near Eastern Studies (Ifpo).

After a master degree in geography in Lyon and two fieldworks on the Jewish, Christian and Muslim graveyards of Jerusalem and Istanbul, she begins a PhD in human geography and political anthropology at Aix-Marseille.

In the framework of necropolitics, the Palestinian graveyards are spatial and narrative ressources for the people, but also for the political and religious agents. Therefore the tombs become the target of a post-mortem war disturbing the peace of the deads waiting for eternity.