Researcher and Curator at Musée des arts et métiers - CNAM

Arnaud Dubois

Arnaud Dubois holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (2014) and an MFA from the Paris École des Beaux-Arts (2008). He has been a visiting researcher at the Musée du Quai Branly (2013–14) and a Fyssen Foundation postdoctoral fellow at University College London (2016–18). He is currently a researcher at the Musée des Arts et Métiers-Cnam where one of his roles is as the curator of exhibitions about contemporary arts and crafts such as Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (May 2017-January 2018) and Futurs en Transmission (April 2018).

Session Title: What conditions are necessary to ensure the transmission of knowledge and know-how?

If the notion of transmission is often associated with that of heritage, and hence with the incurring risk of repetition or of being pointless, it also transcends the idea of donation as it questions its significations, as well as the implication of its actors. The act of transmission takes place in a context which is at once a material, cultural, economic and ideological one, and which contributes, in the eyes of the receiver, to the ‘construction’ of the information that he/she is supposedly being transmitted. It is in this multifaceted context that the relationship between the receiver, his/her existing knowledge, and the transmitter, come into play.