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A la Mémoire d’Igor de Garine

In Memory of Igor de Garine
Ricardo Avila and Helen Macbeth

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De Ricardo Avila

1C’est avec une profonde tristesse, que nous venons vous informer du décès, survenu ce 27 juin 2018, de notre cher ami et collègue, Igor de Garine.

2Igor était amplement reconnu dans le domaine de l’anthropologie de l’alimentation, où il a fait figure de pionnier à partir de sa publication : Les Habitudes dans la région alimentaire de Khombole, Sénégal (1960).

3Après une longue carrière professionnelle, Il est devenu chercheur émérite au CNRS (France), où il a fondé l’UMR « Anthropologie et Écologie de l’Alimentation », lieu de formation de nombreux chercheurs. Nous lui devons aussi la fondation du Comité International d’Anthropologie de l’Alimentation, grâce auquel il a fait un travail remarquable pour positionner et diffuser ce riche sujet d’étude et cet univers cognitif passionnant qu’est l’anthropologie de l'alimentation.

4Dans sa vie personnelle, il avait à ses côtés une belle et affectueuse famille, avec à sa tête Valérie, sa fidèle épouse, amie et compagne, et ses chers enfants Éric, Michel, Nina et Alex.

5Iconoclaste par nature, il n’a jamais nié le mérite de l’autre — « le sauvage » et l’anthropologue—. Adepte du travail de terrain, il n’a cependant jamais délaissé le travail théorique et documentaire, et a toujours défendu l’importance nodale de situer toute étude sur l’homme dans l’interface que forment la nature et la culture.

6J’ai eu la fortune de partager avec notre cher « Professeur Igorine », comme nous l’appelions affectueusement certains de ses amis et collègues mexicains, de nombreuses heures de travail, de débat et de tertulia où il m’a appris de nombreuses choses et leçons de vie.

7Mon Cher Igor, je vous porte un toast avec une bonne téquila ! À votre santé ! Et à la santé de ceux qui restent ! Car comme nous avons maintes fois coïncidé : le sens de la vie, s’il y en a un, c’est sa propre reproduction… Á la vie, donc !

Translation by Helen Macbeth

8It is with a profound sadness that we inform you of the death on June 27 2018 of our dear friend and colleague, Igor de Garine.

9Igor was very well recognised in the domain of the anthropology of food, where he was a pioneer ever since his (1960) publication, “Les Habitudes dans la region alimentaire de Khombole, Sénégal”.

10After a long professional career, he became a researcher emeritus of CNRS (France) where he had founded the UMR, “Anthropologie et Écologie de l’Alimentation”, a base from which many other researchers were formed. We also owe to him the foundation of the International Committee on the Anthropology of Food, thanks to which he achieved remarkable success in positioning and spreading this rich subject for study and this whole exciting world of knowledge, which is the anthropology of food.

11In his personal life, he had beside him a wonderful and affectionate family, led by Valerie, his faithful wife, friend and companion, and his dear children, Eric, Michel, Nina and Alex.

12By nature an iconoclast, he never denied the merit of the other —“the savage” or the anthropologist. Skilful at fieldwork, he nevertheless never ceased theoretical and documentary work, and always defended the nodal importance of putting all study of humanity at the interface that nature and culture formed.

13I had the good fortune to share with our dear “Professor Igorine”, as we, some of his Mexican friends and colleagues affectionately called him, many hours of work, debate and gatherings, during which he taught me many things and many lessons in life.

14My dear Igor, I drink a toast to you with a good tequila. Cheers! And cheers to those who are left behind! Because, as we have many times agreed, the reason for life, if there is one, is its own reproduction. To Life then!

From Helen Macbeth

15Whether within ICAF or linked in other ways to the study of food topics within any discipline, we owe so much to Igor and his anthropological insistence that a holistic approach, which crossed the boundaries between the sociocultural and biological sciences, was essential in the study of human food and nutrition.     I attach the appreciation of Igor written by Ricardo Avila in Mexico on the day that Igor died, and, in case it is helpful, I have attempted an English translation.

16Igor was indeed ‘everything’ to those of us in Europe who discovered ICAF through Igor, but more than that, he personally, with Valerie, was the warm and friendly centre of every conference.  This, I believe, has had a lasting effect on attitudes within our group.  Yes, we work hard with conferences and publications, but we want to keep meeting and newcomers regularly comment on the friendly atmosphere at our conferences …  and join us.    Thank you, Igor, for the bequest of ICAF and its exceptionally friendly atmosphere.

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Ricardo Avila and Helen Macbeth, « A la Mémoire d’Igor de Garine », Anthropology of food [Online], In Memoriam, Online since 30 June 2018, connection on 17 November 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/aof/8583

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About the authors

Ricardo Avila

Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, riavila@cencar.udg.mx

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Helen Macbeth

Honorary Research Fellow Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences and Law, Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP, U.K., hmacbeth@brookes.ac.uk

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