Meet Our Wadsworth International Fellows: Reda Merida
Born and raised in Algeria, I moved to France after high school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Subsequently, I completed a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, as well as a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Jean-Jaures University.
Currently, I am a doctoral fellow enrolled at l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France) where I am conducting research on the Arab reception of existentialism and Jean-Paul Sartre’s work. My research involves studying the role of translators in the circulation of philosophical concepts, as well as analyzing the main transformations through which a thought passes when it is expressed in a culture that is foreign to its initial context. I aim to shed light on the complex interplay between philosophical ideas and their cultural and linguistic context. My research topic falls between historical/cultural anthropology and intellectual history and I am grateful that the “Field, Texts, Interdisciplinarity” Ph.D. program at l’EHESS allows me to pursue this research by blending methodologies from history, anthropology and translation studies.
In my practice as a researcher, I strive to keep one foot firmly planted on “the other side of the Mediterranean” through regular visits to Beirut, Cairo and Algiers and continuing conversation with other scholars and researchers.