Romain Amaro

  • Junior Researcher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV, Amsterdam, REC BC

Romain is a doctoral student and lecturer in sociology at the University of Paris XI and the EHESS in Paris, France. Romain has a background in political science from the University Lyon 2 and an MA in Sociology also from the EHESS. His interests are pragmatic sociology, sociology of drugs and injection, health and illness, gender, sexualities and masculinities.


Romain’s project focused on intimate experiences of drug use in the context of sexual gatherings and gay dating sites. His aim is to understand the pleasures and displeasures associated with the cultures of "chem-sex" and drug injection during sexual encounters ("slamming"). Romain paid special attention to the affective and relational dimensions of these practices, with an interest to understand risk-taking and strategies of harm reduction. In this project he conducted 25 interviews with young men in Paris and Lyon.

Another one of Romain's projects with the ChemicalYouth focused on night-workers, DJ's and chemical cultures in France's electronic music scene. Special attention was given to the social time and symbolic spaces associated with drug use in these settings. This work is intended to echo the work of Daan Kamps on workers in Amsterdam's nightlife, and forms part of the ChemicalYouth grand tour in France.