Catel et Bocquet retracent le destin de la fascinante Joséphine Baker dans un magnifique roman (bio)graphique tout en noir et blanc. En 500 pages, les auteurs nous dévoilent toutes les facettes de cette femme emplie de convictions : muse de nombreux artistes, militante contre la ségrégation raciale, agent du contre-espionnage de la France Libre, mère adoptive d’une douzaine d’enfants venus d’horizons divers… elle était décidément bien plus qu’une danseuse de cabaret affublée d’une ceinture de bananes...
Wilhelm Weike, a 23-year old handyman from Minden/Germany, accidentally found himself spending the year of 1883-84 among Inuit and wintering with whalers on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. The fledgling scientist Franz Boas (1858-1942), later the eminent cultural anthropologist, hired Weike to attend to and assist him in his geographical and ethnological research following the first Polar Year of 1882-83. Weike's journal is a fascinating text and an exceptional piece of working-class literature.
Ludger Müller-Wille and Bernd Gieseking have edited and annotated Weike's journal extensively. They present his biography and highlight his observations and his contributions to Boas's scientific work.
Ludger Müller-Wille is a retired professor of Geography/Northern Studies at McGill University and has studied ethnicity and human-environmental relations in the arctic and subarctic among Sámi and Finns (Sápmi/Finland), Inuit, Dene and Naskapi (Canada). Since the mid 60s, he has conducted research in cultural anthropology, geography and toponymy in subarctic Fenno-Scandia (Sápmi, Finland and Norway) with Sámi and Finns and in subarctic and arctic Canada (Nunavut, Nunavik, Northern Saskatchewan and Québec) with Inuit, Dene, Naskapi and Cree, supported by German, Finnish, Canadian and European Union funding institutions. Other projects concerned the history of arctic anthropology and geography focussing on Franz Boas and his contributions
Bernd Gieseking is a cabaret artist and author of children's radio plays and theatre plays. He has taught courses in mdeia studies. He has hosted theatre, radio and TV shows, mainly solo. Since 1994, he has had a regular show, The Annual Satirical Review, and others.
William Barr is a research fellow at the Arctic Institute of North America. A glacial geomorphologist by training, his major research focus is the history of exploration in the Arctic, a subject on which he has published extensively. In May 2006, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Historical Association for his contributions to the historiography of the Canadian North.