Directeur de recherche / Research Professor - INSERM - Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale
Anthropologie, Médecine, Sciences et technologies, Sociologie, Epidemiology
Science and sexuality : transformations of sexualities during 20th centuryAlain Giami received his doctorate degree and Habilitation at the University of Paris-Descartes. He is currently Research Professor (Directeur de recherche) at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Paris. He coordinates a research group on « Gender, sexuality & health ». He was also a visiting professor at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (2014). Alain is currently researching and writing on two projects in social sciences applied to sexuality: a social and cultural history of sex research in the western world; and an international project on « citizenship and health among trans individuals » including Brazil, France, Italy and Norway. Both projects are grounded in a multi-disciplinary and rather “undisciplinary” perspective.
Alain Giami (PhD) is currently Research Professor at the Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) in Paris, where he coordinates a research group on Gender, Sexuality, and Health. He has been working on the field of sexuality since the last 30 years, in a multidisciplinary perspective including psychology, sociology, anthropology, history and public health. Among other topics he made significant contributions on : sexuality and disability, sterilisation and birth control, sexual dysfunction (male and female), pornography, HIV-aids, attitudes and representations of health professions (physicians, nurses and sexologists), cancer and sexuality, etc... He has founded and organized the Euro-Sexo group which carried sociological research about the Sexologist profession in 8 European countries and 7 seven Latin-American countries. He has published several books including: “Infirmières & Sexualité : entre soins et relations” (Nurses & sexuality : between care & relations”, 2015 with Emilie Moreau & Pierre Moulin; "Sexual revolutions" (in collaboration with Gert Hekma), Palgrave 2014; "Des sexualités et des handicaps : questions d'intimité" (Sexualities and disabilities : issues of intimacy) in collaboration with Bruno Py and Anne Marie Toniolo (Presses Universitaires de Lorraine, 2013); "L'expérience de la sexualité chez de jeunes adultes" (The experience of sexuality among young adults) (Inserm, 2004). He has published about 100 papers in peer reviewed journals in English, French and Portuguese and more than 50 book chapters. He is currently coordinating an international network on “Citizenship and Health among trans persons” (France, Brasil, Italy, Norway) and working on a book about the history and perspectives of “sciences of sexuality”.
He has been a full member of the International Academy of Sex Research since 1994 and a member of the Advisory Committee of WAS since 2009. He served as President of the WAS Scientific Committee between 2009 and 2012. He is also a member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Culture & Sexuality (IASSCS). He was a member of the Advisory Committee of the French AIUS (Association Inter-Hospitalière de Sexologie) (2008-2012) and a member of the board of the French Federation of Sexology and Sexual Health (2010-2016). He co-founded and coordinated the Network : « Research in social sciences in sexuality » at the French Association of Sociology (2003-2013). He has served also as an expert in various task force at the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and the French Supreme court (Conseil d’Etat) and the French Ministry of Health. He created and developed a University Diploma on “Sexual health and Public Health at Paris University (Paris 5 and Paris 7) (2007-2014). He is Associate Editor of “Sexologies : European Journal of Sexology and Sexual Health (Elsevier) and a member of the editorial committee of the Archives of Sexual Behavior and of the International Journal of Sexual Health. He served as Scientific Director at the Unesco Chair in Sexual health and Human rights (2010-2014).