Claire Clivaz


Head of the Digital Humanities Plus (DH+) project at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Lausanne

Situation professionnelle en 2019

"I’ve received great support from other researchers who, like me, are intellectually curious"

My career path

I run projects concerning digital humanities and the New Testament and lead a team of young researchers in digital human sciences and bioinformatics as part of the DH+ project at the SIB. I’ve been involved in innovative Swiss and European projects that combine IT and my core field, the New Testament.

I’m passionate about striving for excellence and a sense of freedom. I also enjoy being able to imagine the future, thanks to the great support I get from the SIB, and finding a workable solution to a new problem.

My career path. Everything I’ve experienced, both in my academic and my private life, has led me to where I am today. I’ve received great support from other researchers who, like me, are intellectually curious.

A downside or obstacle ? Sometimes it’s difficult to keep your priorities clear. Having raised three children, I’ve often had to multitask. But to get important jobs done, you have to dedicate time to them, just as you do to writing a book. There aren’t many women in my field, and being a woman has certainly been both an obstacle and an asset.

I’m proud that I’ve been able to gain insight into the challenges raised by our digital culture and to identify key issues that require further exploration.

The Proust Questionnaire

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Au-delà de votre profession

La course, les longs voyages, la musique.

Des personnes qui vous inspirent

Ada Lovelace et Jacques Derrida

Un livre & un film

La Bible, Sauf le nom (Jacques Derrida) et The Hours (Michael Cunningham)

Un modèle

François Bovon, professeur à l’UNIGE, puis à Harvard où il m’a transmis son exigence et sa curiosité intellectuelle. Il n’y a de limite que celle de l’excellence.

Un objet

Une boîte à surprise

Une couleur

Sans couleur

Un rêve

Ma vie me convient comme elle est.