Lecture by Jean-Alexandre Perras (2018-2019 Paris IAS fellow) at the Collegium de Lyon
Jean-Alexandre Perras is an associate researcher at the Maison française and the Voltaire Foundation of Oxford University. His thesis (Université de Montréal / Université de Paris 8), focused on the history of engineering between the 16th and 18th centuries. On this subject, he published L'Exception exemplaire : Inventions et usages du génie (Classiques Garnier, 2015). Continuing his work on the problem of value under the old regime, he was particularly interested in the notion of frivolity and its relationship to sociability practices and literary hierarchies.