Maxime Boidy

Maxime Boidy holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Strasbourg. His thesis, defended in 2014, focuses on the visual culture and political iconography of the black bloc.

His current researches focuses primarily upon the aesthetics of the image, the intellectual history of visual knowledge and the iconography of political images. A lecturer in visual studies at the university Paris-Est-Marne-la-Vallée (LISAA – EA 4120) and a research associate at LabTop – CRESPA (UMR 7217 – Université Paris 8), he recently coordinated the new French edition of Jonathan Crary’s Techniques of the Observer: on Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century, for which he also wrote the preface (Éditions du Dehors, 2016). He is the author of Les Études visuelles (Presses universitaires de Vincennes, 2017).


  • Event: Conference “Crowds and their double” (16.01.2019)
  • Publication: “From Carnival to Black Bloc: Ensor’s Crowd”, interview between Julia Marchand, Maxime Boidy, Michel Draguet and Xavier Tricot in Dark Centuries: James Ensor & Alexander Kluge, catalogue of the exhibition, 2018