Dr. Amélie Keyser-Verreault 何梅俐

Postdoctoral Fellow, European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT)

Academic Career

  • 2022 Postdoc Fellow, Global Asia Research Center, National Taiwan University
  • 2021Postdoc Fellow, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University
  • 2020-2021 Postdoc Fellow, Department of Sexology, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • 2018 PhD in Anthropology (Mention of excellence for the best thesis in anthropology for the 2018-2019 academic year, Faculty of Social Sciences)
  • 2014, Visiting Fellow, Department of Political Sciences, National Taiwan University
  • 2011 M.A. in Anthropology
  • 2010, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica
  • 2009 B.A. in Anthropology

Research Focus

Dr. Keyser-Verreault research body politics and gender with a focus on beauty politics, maternity, aging and resistance in East Asia. She also has a deep interest in qualitative art-based, decolonial and intersectional methodologies. At Tübingen University, she is working on the BMBF Taiwan als Pionier research project. Dr. Keyser-Verreault conducts several years of field work in Taiwan.

Fields of specialization: Taiwanese Studies; political anthropology of the body; gender inequalities; sexualities; fat studies; beauty studies; aging; resistance; intersectionality and postcolonial feminist approaches and methodologies; art-based methodologies; cultural studies; Foucauldian theory; neoliberalism.

Major Publications

Keyser-Verreault, A. (Accepted). On ne naît pas belle, on le devient: devoir maternel et formation transindividuelle de l’entrepreneure esthétique à Taiwan (One is not born beautiful, one becomes beautiful: Motherly duty and transindividual transformation of the esthetic entrepreneur in Taiwan). Famille, Enfance, Génération. (In French)

Keyser-Verreault, A. (Accepted). The continuum of getting the body back: Procreative choice and changing maternity under beauty culture in Taiwan. European Journal of Cultural Studies (Impact Factor 1.66).

Kriger, D., Keyser-Verreault, A., Joseph, J. & Peers, D. (Accepted). A framework to operationalize intersectionality: From theory to praxis as a way of knowing. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology (Impact Factor 1.27).

Keyser-Verreault, A., (forthcoming 2022), The Futurality of Aesthetic Labour: interpersonal and time-related dimensions in Taiwanese women’s quest for beauty during the maternity, in Dalmia, K., Kukuczka, A. & Grisard, D. (Eds), The Life of Beauty – Locations, Experiences, Methodologies, Seismo Publishing, Zurich

Keyser-Verreault, A. (2021). Eating as a way of performing gender: Intersection of food, gender and human capital in Taiwan. In Rhee, J., Nagayama, C. & Li, E. (Eds), Gender and food in contemporary global East Asia. (pp. 183-202) Lexington Books.

Keyser-Verreault, A. (2021). Toward a Non-Individualistic Analysis of Neoliberalism: The Stay-Fit Maternity Trend in Taiwan. Ethnography (Impact Factor 1.29) 

Keyser-Verreault, A. (2020). “I want to look as if I am my child’s big sister”: Self-satisfaction and the Yummy Mummy in Taiwan. Feminism and Psychology, 31: 4, 483-501 (Impact Factor 3.37) 

Keyser-Verreault, A. (2018). 「恢復自信美體」:美學經營主義下的母性主體與懷孕生產, (Recovering a self-confident body: Pregnancy and childbirth under aesthetic entrepreneurship). Journal of Women’s and Gender Studies (女學學誌), 43(2): 37–88. (In Chinese)

Keyser-Verreault, A. (2018). 追求美貌與變成母親的兩難:以高文憑的都會女性為例 (Quest for beauty and becoming a mother: A painful paradox for highly educated urban Taiwanese women). Taiwan Journal of Anthropology (台灣人類學刊), 16(1): 97–158. (In Chinese)