Collective group work is essential to the functioning of the Workshop, and it undergirds all of its activities. A list of the groups is available for download here, and a description of them can be found below.
The rencontre groups are tasked with being the primary source for generating questions for our invited guests (although anyone in the Workshop can contribute questions). If they have the time and interest, it would help if they read other work by the guest. Each rencontre group should meet in advance of the event itself in order to collectively generate questions. When everyone meets for one hour prior to the rencontre itself, the porte-parole of each group will present the questions. After we discuss them as a group, adding other questions from the participants as a whole, we will finalize a flexible outline of the questions and then invite in our guest for the conversation. It has usually been useful to follow a narrative arch leading from general queries concerning our guests’ intellectual itinerary and central research concerns to more specific questions and criticisms.
The grand débat is an opportunity for the participants to coordinate a discussion and debate on the material studied and presented in the Workshop. Each group will be expected to meet in advance in order to generate a series of questions to be presented at the beginning of the grand débat.
Groupes de travail
The working groups are free to choose their own times and locations to meet. These are flexible platforms, but the following parameters have proven useful in the past: i) each participant in a working group shares 1 artifact (outline, abstract, working draft, images, etc.) with the other members in advance of the working group ii) everyone explores everyone else’s artifacts in advance of the meeting iii) during the meetings, each individual briefly presents their project, highlighting problems to be resolved in order to complete it iv) the group as a whole talks about the project and artifact while the presenter takes notes. It is important to make time for everyone to share feedback, and it is strongly recommended that you time each person for questions of equality (about 30 minutes per person). Finally, it will be helpful if your artifact is understandable to a general, educated audience. Participants come from many different disciplines and cultural milieus, so it will be beneficial to find ways of talking across disciplinary boundaries.
Groupes de travail I
For the first working group, everyone should present the project on which they will be working for the 3 weeks.
Groupes de travail II
The second meeting of the groupes de travail is an opportunity to present work to participants working on related issues, as well as discuss the format for the final conference presentation.
Groupes de travail III — Final Conference
The final conference will take place on the last day of the Workshop. The third meeting of the working groups should be used to make explicit plans for the conference. Each group will have an allotted amount of time (approx. 1 hour), and they are free to use this time in any way that they see fit. This can take the form of individual presentations, a round table, a discussion of a common theme, a theoretical performance, or anything else that presents the work of the group’s members.