Biography
Serge R. Collet was born in France on the 8th day of February in 1950. He grew up at the confluence of a maternal Lithuanian culture and of a French father, who as headmaster of a public school embodied the values of progressive secularity and strong respect for the state.
He was educated at the renown Lycée de Chaptal and at the Lycée H. Balzac where, under the guidance of A. Lecrivain, A. Mathron and G. Labica he received an extensive all - out training in philosophy and prepared for the entrance examination for "L´Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint Cloud".

Masters degree in philosophy in 1972. There after admittance to the "Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, sixième Section" in the research laboratory of Social Psychology and Ethnology, headed by P. H. Chombart de Lawe. After his first year in social science training (FRESS) he prepared for his doctorate under the guidance of Z. Strmiska, ex- director of the Social Science Institute of Prag. He was involved in research pograms of the laboratory and presented his dissertation on the 10th January, 1980, "Sujets Etat, Civilta, Propositions théoriques pour une anthropologie critique des modes de vie" (440 pages). From his interdisciplinary jury (philosophy, anthropology, social psychology, sociology) he received his PhD with unanimous highest honours and the appreciation that this dissertation could as well have passed as an "habilitation".

At the end of 1980, he collaborated with the social anthropologist M. Godelier and the historian M. Aymard, in the research groups of Maison de Siences de l´Homme focusing his attention on transitional processes in Mediterranean Halieutical Appropriation forms. He is indebted to Maurice Godelier for his sharp and logical critics of the Levi Straussian theory of the foundation of the society on the exchange of women by men (Herbert Spencer's lecture, 1986), his concept of imaginary (1984, 1996) and his reevaluation of the legacy of M.Mauss

But this re-evaluation (1996) leaved aside, except one time in an allusive way (144) "The Techniques of the Body" (1935) based on key concepts such as those of habitus, body exis, imitation, primary training, body as the first and most natural instrument of man. Godelier has preferred to ignore this naturalism -materialism of "The techniques of the body" of Marcel Mauss, rooted according to us in the Spinozan back ground of the conatus - obsequium embedded in the modus operandi of the institutions, ceremonies, rituals, institutions' rituals, e.g. the homeostatic processes of embodiment of the social order and sacred order. These processes of society making are basically grounded on the imitation of acts and affects, appetites and desires: the emotions and feelings of the feeling brain (A. Damasio, 2003) without which in last analysis, consent or concord, power, dominance but resistance, too, remain opaque and thus ascribed by Godelier to the sharing of representations, a kind of realism of the ideas, in brief the labour of the Idéel: a strong idealims indeed.

Simultaneously he became a member of the laboratory Technique et Cultures (National Scientific Research Center, research unit 191) headed by R. Cresswell until the reorganization of this research unit in 1999. The scientific activities, researches, lectures and reports are recorded in total, between 1984 and 1999 in the Labintel, scientific data base of the CNRS.

1988 - 1989 (French - German scientific agreement, Maison des Sciences de L´Homme) Serge R. Collet has been Senior Associated Researcher at the Ethnology Institute of the University of Hamburg. He received the acknowledgements of the Wissenschaftskolleg of Berlin for his lectures held in German language, which introduced maritime anthropology to Germany. During 1998-1999 the University of Catania/ Sicily invited Collet as visiting professor, where he cultivated a deep friendship with the historian Nino Recupero, deceased in September 2003.

In 1994 he developed a strong cooperation with J. Guenot, president of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Cosenza, where he laid the foundation for research/action programs for the protection and furtherance of small scales fisheries as well as expertise and mastery of ever more disappearing of artisanal expertise such as the restoration of old manuscripts, violine - building, pipe - making, production of the infamous Byzantine red ink and other regional specialised expertise. At the doctoral school of MAJISE linked to the Centro di Ingegneria Economica Sociale of the University of Cosenza, he taught alternative forms of governing halieutical resources and ecosystems in the Mediterranean.

In 2000 he initiated the activities of the Ecomuseum of the Sea in Catania.

Collet is active with numerous institutional frameworks. In these institutional frameworks he participated and continues to do so to diverse European scientific arrangements: Concerted Action ESSFIN (1996-1998), Scientific Projects ELSA- Pêche (1998-2002), ECOST (INCO program, 2004-2010), Network FISHGOVFOOD (2001-2004).

The European Union appointed S. R. Collet private expert in 2001. All these scientific arrangements, beyond cooperation, have been occasions to develop integrative research and enlarge intellectual friendships which - according to Spinoza the great thinker on the religious' imaginary forms, ethics as understandings' process, political power making and governance - is the most precious good in the search and understanding of the Common.

New research developments (based on first hand evidences) in archaeology - anthropology of the sea oriented societies in Mediterranean in the Late Bronze Age, and the re-examination of the gender´s role in the relationship of such societies to natural and cosmological order (here based too on first hand documentation) are in preperation.

The 5th August 2016 he died in Creta.