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Dr. Matt Hodges

Egenis Research Fellow


I was trained as a social anthropologist at Goldsmiths College, where I took my PhD with a thesis on the impact of rural social change on an agricultural and fishing community in Mediterranean Southern France.

I worked as a Lecturer in the Dept. of Anthropology at Goldsmiths after my doctorate. I was subsequently a Research Associate while carrying out fieldwork in the Basque town of Gernika (‘Guernica’); and I was Visiting Fellow in Anthropology at Goldsmiths from 2004–2006. Meanwhile, I was an AHRC Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia.

I am also a member of the core working group for the ESRC Seminar Series, "Conflicts in Time: Rethinking 'Contemporary' Globalisation", at the Dept. of Anthropology, LSE.



Hodges, M., The Ethnography of Time: Living with History in Modern Rural France. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2007. (View or order here.)


Hodges, M. ‘The Time of the Interval: Historicity, Modernity, and Epoch in Rural France’, American Ethnologist, 37 (1) 2010, pp 115-131, 2010.

Hodges, M. ‘Disciplining Memory: Heritage Tourism and the Temporalisation of the Built Environment in Rural France’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 15 (1), 2009, pp 76–99.

Hodges, M. ‘Rethinking Time’s Arrow: Bergson, Deleuze and the Anthropology of Time’, Anthropological Theory, 8 (4), 2008, pp 399–429.

Hodges, M., 'Time and Modernity in the Mediterranean: A Case Study from Languedoc', Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Special Issue on 'Modernity in the Mediterranean', 12 (1), 2002, pp 191–221.

Hodges, M., 'Food, Time, and Heritage Tourism in Languedoc, France', History and Anthropology, 12 (2), 2001, pp 179–212.

Hodges, M., 'La Veillée', Dialectical Anthropology, 25 (2), 2000, pp 189–203.

Hodges, M., 'The Sheep from the Goats', Anthropology Today, 16 (5), 2000, pp 19–22. (Read here)

Chapters in Books

Hodges, M., 'The Heritage Knot. Disputed Pasts in a Southern French Village', in Mendes, P.D. and Pereiro, X. (eds), Textos de Antropologia Aplicada, Série Didática, Ciênias Sociais e Humanas 57, Vila Real, Portugal: Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, 2005, pp. 62–80.


Hodges, M. ‘Domesticating Apomixis: An Empirical Overview’, Scoping Document, EGENIS Apomixis Project, December 2008. 155 pp.

Selected Presentations

'The Politics of Emergence: Public-Private Partnerships and the Timescapes of Frontier Research and Co-Innovation in Apomixis Technoscience', International Conference, ‘Risky Entanglements: Contemporary Research Cultures Imagined and Practised’, Institut für Wissenschaftsforschung, University of Vienna, 9-11 June 2010.

'Becoming Public-Private: Emergent Technologies, the Private Sector, and the Sideshadows of Apomixis Technoscience', Centre for Society and Genomics, Radboud University Nijmegen, International Scientific Conference, ‘Ten Years After: Mapping the Societal Landscape of Genomics', Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, 27-28 May 2010. ‘Re-measuring Apomixis: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in the Transition to the Molecular Paradigm in Apomixis Research’, EGN 3rd International Conference, ‘Mapping the Genomic Era: Measurements and Meanings’, University of Cardiff, October 2009 (with S. Hughes).

‘Public-Private Partnerships and Co-Innovation in Plant Genomics: Case Studies from Apomixis Research’, EGENIS Seminar, University of Exeter, June 2009.

‘Disciplinary Anthropology: Amateur Ethnography and the Invention of “Heritage”’, Paper at the Association of Social Anthropologists annual conference ‘Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations: Past, Present and Future’ at panel ‘Imagineering the Past: the (Mis)uses of Anthropology and Archaeology in Tourism&ssquo;, April 2009.

‘Architects of Emergence’, ESRC Seminar ‘Uncertain Futures: Planning, Temporality and Globalisation’, ESRC Seminar Series ‘Conflicts in Time: Rethinking “Contemporary” Globalisation’ II, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, March 2009.

‘Hannah Arendt and the Time of the Interval’, Departmental Seminar, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Kent, December 2008.

‘The Time of the Interval: Generation, Modernity and Epoch in Rural France’, Departmental Seminar, Dept. of Anthropology, University College London, November 2008.

‘Time, Genomics, and the Social: Some Anthropological Thoughts on Biotemporality’, EGENIS Seminar, University of Exeter, June 2008.

‘Between Anthropology and Literature: Transdisciplinary Pathways’, Emergence Workshop, Interdisciplinary Centre, University of Exeter, June 2008.

‘Heritage, Temporality, Becoming: On the Ethnography of Time’, Closing Discussant, ‘Heritage and the Negotiation of New Futures for the Past’, part I of ESRC Seminar Series, ‘Conflicts in Time: Rethinking “Contemporary” Globalisation’, Dept. of Anthropology, University College London, May 2008.

Research Interests

I have undertaken two periods of long-term fieldwork, in Mediterranean France and Euskadi, funded by the ESRC, British Academy, and Central Research Fund of the University of London.

Research in a coastal Languedocian village (1996-1997, on-going) investigates the character of everyday experience of time and history under rural French modernity. Publications explore how historical ‘acceleration’ and cultural rupture are manifested in lived experience, and managed through discourses of heritage, kinship, loss and remembrance, historiography, experiences of tradition, continuity and rupture, and nostalgic mythologisations of history. Fieldwork (2001-2003) in Gernika, funded by a British Academy Larger Research Grant, extended such themes with research on the temporalities of sustainable development.

At Egenis I am working on a . Further information about my research can be found on the webpages of the Dept. of Sociology and Philosophy.