Un feuilleton en santé: Du gène à l’octet

Entre santé et science-fiction … une bio-anthropologue nous propose, par le biais d’une série originale en 4 épisodes, illustré par l’ingénieur INSA Romain Bulteau, d’explorer les devenirs possibles d’un monde où la technologie aurait progressivement remplacé l’humain, ainsi que les impacts de ce nouveau paradigme sur la nature même du soin.

Au gré de sa réflexion teintée d’anticipation, Judith Nicogossian nous offre de reconsidérer les choix qui s’offrent à nous et d’imaginer les futurs possibles du patient, du médecin et de l’hôpital.

« Du gène à l’octet », premier épisode de notre série, plante le décor et pose les règles du jeu. En effet, chaque épisode est introduit par une brève mise en situation dystopique, point de départ exploratoire de l’auteur, que nous vous proposons de découvrir sans plus tarder…


Consulter Feuilleton Du gène à l’octet en ligne – accès libre

Expérience Patient 1/2

Collaboration avec la MGEN et le site MMMieux

La santé, et la notion de bien-être (selon la définition de l’OMS de 1946), amène une série de questionnements sur le corps humain, et sur sa relation à la nature et à l’environnement – nous interrogeons ici l’impact des pratiques culturelles de santé sur le corps de l’homme, et plus particulièrement l’expérience du patient dans un contexte de médecine prédictive.

Expérience patient – La médecine prédictive 1/2





Book release: La norme du corps hybride

I am delighted to announce the release of the book (in French) La norme du corps hybride, drawn from my thesis in Cultural and Biological Anthropology (QUT, Brisbane and CNRS, France). The book is nicely illustrated by the physician Mélanie Sustersic. You will find few illustrations as attachments.

The book addresses fundamental topics with regard to the impact technologies and techniques have on the human body in health, the so-called hybrid body. This book proposes to unravel the different representations of the hybrid body and the projects that underpin them. It questions a unity of the hybrid being without falling into a reductionist vision of the refabrication of the human body; and gives an account of the adaptive possibilities of the human to the hybridization phenomena.

Thence this work concerns the fields of French studies, Philosophy (epistemology of the human body, phenomenology of perception), Cultural and Biological Anthropology (body-object, body-subject, body-project, adaptability to the prosthesis and auto-evolution), Anthropology in Health (patient-carer relationship and the notion of well-being), Art (the figure of hybridity) and Gender studies (Intersexuality).

Thank you!

The book can be found on the following link


Kind Regard/ Cordialement





Comic strip n°5 _ Lilou the hybrid model


I am an°1.TRES hybrid model _ fashion prosth show

Human fall- in love

montage BMIs lilou


With this artwork I explore the scientific researches and debates that are at stake with the hybrid body, from the military, philosophical, medical and theceforth (bio)cultural viewpoints. To use the medium of the drawings and illustrations is not just for fun: it allows the viewers (dilettante) to get the point in a easier way. Lilou’s acts and thoughts, who is a hybrid model, and her numerous real-life experiments, is fiction; however it’s strongly connected to the philosophical, ethical and anthropological issues in regard with the human body of our time.Next to the drawings the reader will be provided with a brief comment on the real techniques and/or technologies developed in today’s world.

N°1. Alternative Limb Project provides unique prosthetics to blend in with the body or stand out as a unique piece of art, reflecting the wearer’s imagination, personality and interests.

N°2. The Terminator vision is a project led by the DARPA (Defence Advanced Project Agency from the Pentagon’s far-out research branch) that enhances the military vision. DARPA has unveiled in December 2010 the Soldier Centric Imaging via Computational Cameras effort, or SCENICC. Imagine a suite of cameras that digitally capture a kilometer-wide, 360-degree sphere, representing the image in 3-D onto a wearable eyepiece. DARPA is dealing with the notion of an enhanced human, rather than repaired or reconstructed, requiring biomaterials (reconstruction materials external to the human body). The need for such humans seems obvious for the military, who, according to Michael Clark Goldblatt of DARPA, consider that “the human has become the weakest link, both physiologically and cognitively” (Roco, 2002 : 337). This is because “military systems are limited in their performance by the inability of the human body to tolerate high levels of temperature, acceleration, vibration or pressure or by human requirements in air, water and food” (Roco, 2002 : 291). For this reason, DARPA finances scientific research into the enhancement of human functional performance, in order to increase the efficiency of the fighting soldier (rather than teach him how to play the piano), by giving him physiological and cognitive super-capacities, and to minimise or reduce conflict mortality rates. As early as 1964, the “human amplifier” project, designed by Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory for the US Department of Defence, was one of the early attempts to bring a cyborg to life, now echoed in its more recent version of a future warrior. DARPA is running many other military projects.