Cyril Isnart

Academic degree: Doctorate
Category: Associated researchers
Institutional subunit: ISCTE-IUL
Research group: Practices and Politics of Culture
Thematic line:
Research interests: Cultural heritage | Religion | Culture
Research contexts: Europe | Mediterranean
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Biographical note

Researcher at CNRS, member of IDEMEC (CNRS-Aix Marseille Université), Cyril Isnart is an anthropologist working on religion, music and heritage-making in Southern Europe (France, Portugal, Greece). After a PhD at the Université de Provence in Anthropology of Religion (2000-2004), Cyril Isnart studied festivals, musical life and heritage-making in a border village between France and Italy. He is now interested in heritage strategies of religious minorities in the Mediterranean. He co-founded the international Network of Researchers on Heritagisations known as Respatrimoni in 2009 ( He published his first monograph in 2008, “Saints légionnaires des Alpes du sud” (Paris, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme), and various papers in the “International Journal of Heritage Studies” (UK), the “Journal of Mediterranean Studies” (Malta), “Memoria em Rede” (Brazil) or “” (France-Switzerland). He co-edited five special issues of “Ethnologie Française”, “Civilisations”, “Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change”, “Cultura”, and “Etnográfica”.

Cyril Isnartpub230*2017ArticleBOISSEVAIN, Katia; ISNART, Cyril, 2017, "Tourisme, patrimoine et religions en Méditerranée : usages culturels du religieux dans le catholicisme et l'islam contemporains (Europe du Sud-Maghreb)", Mélanges de l’École Française de Rome (Italie et Méditerranée Modernes et Contemporaines), 129 (1) [online].link
Cyril Isnartpub230*2016ArticleCRIVELLO, Maryline; ISNART, Cyril; NEUVEU, Norig; PENICAUD, Manoel; SINTES, Pierre, 2016, "Imaginaires, conflits et mémoires en Méditerranée: de l’État-nation aux communautés ?", Revue Tiers-Monde, número especial:
Cyril Isnartpub230*2015Book chapterFEDELE, Anna, ISNART, Cyril, 2015, "From cryptique to critique: early and contemporary French contributions to the study of pilgrimage", in Dionigi Albera, John Eade (orgs.), Itineraries, Gaps and Obstacles in Pilgrimage Studies: Research Traditions in a Global Context, Nova Iorque, Routledge, pp. 171-192, ISBN: 978-1138840355.
Cyril Isnartpub230*2016Book chapterISNART, Cyril, 2016, "Patrimoine", in Dionigi Albera, Maryline Crivello, Mohamed Tozy (orgs.), Dictionnaire de la Méditerranée, Arles-Aix-en-Provence, Actes Sud-MMSH, pp. 1155-1163, ISBN: 978-2-330-06466-2.
Cyril Isnartpub230*2016ArticleISNART, Cyril, 2016, "Raconter saint Antoine à Lisbonne: acteurs, performances et effets du discours hagiographique contemporain", Cahiers de Littérature Orale, 79:
Cyril Isnartpub230*2017Book chapterISNART, Cyril, 2017, "Le passé catholique de Rhodes: mobilités, mémoire religieuse et pratiques patrimoniales dans le Dodécanèse contemporain", in V. Baby-Collin et al. (orgs.), Migrations Internationales et Temporalités en Méditerranée XIX-XXIe siècle, Arles, Actes Sud, pp. 373-387, ISBN:
Cyril Isnartpub230*2016Book chapterISNART, Cyril; PEREIRA, Tiago, 2016, "Archives, mix et 'culture nationale’ au Portugal: Tiago Pereira et le projet A música portuguesa a gostar dela própria", in A. Aterianus-Owanga, J. P. Santiago (orgs.), Aux sons des mémoires: Musiques, archives et terrain, Lyon, Presses Universitaires de Lyon, pp. 173-197, ISBN: 978-2-7297-0909-9.

IDResearcherPositionProjTitleProject typeStatus+
pub230*Cyril IsnartSupervisorproj177*The Mediterranean diet as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. For an ethnography of its practices, impacts and touristic uses in Portugal and MoroccoPost-doctoral researchOngoing+