Estelle Zhong Mengual is the holder of this chair. She is an art historian. A graduate from the Ecole Normal Supérieur and holder of a doctorate from Sciences Po Paris, she teaches on the Experimentation in Art and Politics Masters (SPEAP), set up by Bruno Latour, at Sciences Po Paris.
She is the author of L'art en commun - Réinventer les formes du collectif en contexte démocratique (Les Presses du Réel, 2019), and co-author of Esthétique de la rencontre. L'énigme de l'art contemporain (Seuil, 2018). She also co-edited the English-language collective work Reclaiming Art/Reshaping Democracy (Les Presses du Réel, 2017). Her current research focuses on the relationships that art, past and present, has with the living world. In particular she is working on the development of an environmental history of art, which proposes a new system of consideration of the representation of the living world in art, using tools from the disciplines of environmental humanities and contemporary natural sciences. She is currently completing her forthcoming book, Apprendre à voir. Le vivant à la croisée de l’histoire naturelle et de l’histoire de l’art, to be published in early 2021.