Program

All sessions will take place in room F 673 (staircase G2, 2nd floor) at the Université Paris Descartes, Faculté des Sciences Humaines et Sociales – Sorbonne, 1 rue Victor Cousin 75005 Paris, from 2 to approximately 6 p.m. The Rencontres are open to the general public.

JULY 2
2-5 p.m.

Introduction
Seminar Session 1: “Democracy as a Value-Concept”
Discussion with Julian Sempill
Readings:

  • Raymond Williams, “Democracy” in Keywords. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983:  English Version
  • Cornelius Castoriadis, “La démocratie comme procédure et comme régime” in La montée de l’insignifiance. Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1996:  French Version / English Version
  • Étienne Balibar, Introduction and Chapter 1 in La proposition de l’égaliberté / Equaliberty 
  • Optional:  Francis Dupuis-Déri, “Introduction” in Démocratie: histoire politique d’un mot. Montréal: Lux Éditeur, 2013:   French Version

This session will be followed by a “pot d’accueil” catered by Côte2Bœuf

JULY 3
10:30 a.m. at the Centre Pompidou
Guided tour of the Martial Raysse exhibit with Ludmilla Barrand

JULY 4
2-3:30 p.m.
Seminar Session 2: “Democratic Theodicy”
3:30-5 p.m.
Discussion:  Democracy and Equality between Castoriadis and Balibar

Readings:

JULY 9
2-3 p.m.
Preparation for the Rencontre
3-5 p.m.
Rencontre avec Patrick Vauday*
The video recording of this event is available here
Readings:

  • Patrick Vauday, selection from “Esthétique: ce que font les images” in L’invention du visible: l’image à la lumière des arts. Paris: Éditions Hermann, 2008:  French Version
  • Patrick Vauday, “Conclusion” in L’invention du visible: l’image à la lumière des arts. Paris: Éditions Hermann, 2008:  French Version

JULY 11
2-3 p.m.
Seminar Session 3: “For an Intransitive History of Democracy”
Readings:

3-4 p.m.
Preparation for the Rencontre
4-6 p.m.

Rencontre avec Bruno Karsenti*
Reading:

  • Bruno Karsenti, “Introduction” in D’une philosophie à l’autre. Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 2013:  French Version

JULY 15
Guided tour of Parisian art galleries with Ludmilla Barrand

JULY 17
Guided tour of the Musée Rodin with Ludmilla Barrand

JULY 22
Guided tour of the historic sites of the Paris Commune with Julien-Désiré Feugueur 

JULY 23
2-5 p.m.

Seminar Session 4: “The Performative Contradictions of Really Existing Democracy”
Primary Reading:

  • Gabriel Rockhill, “A quoi sert la démocratie? Urgence d’une question inopportune” (for a French or English version write to gabriel.rockhill@villanova.edu)

Additional Readings:

JULY 25
2-3 p.m.
Seminar Session 5: “Critique of the Purification of the Political”
Readings:

3-4 p.m.
Preparation for the Rencontre
4-6 p.m.
Rencontre with Alan Schrift
Readings

  • Alan Schrift, “French Nietzscheanism and the Emergence of Poststructuralism”:  English Version
  • Alan Schrift, “Effects of the Agrégation de Philosophie on Twentieth-Century French Philosophy.” Journal of the History of Philosophy. Vol. 46, no. 3 (2008): 449-474:  English Version

JULY 29
2-5 p.m.
Final Discussion in Working Groups
Readings:

JULY 31
2-3 p.m.
Preparation for the Rencontre
3-5 p.m.

Rencontre avec Claire Pagès*
Readings:

  • Claire Pagès, “La psychodynamique du travail aux croisements du psychique et du social”: French Version
  • Optional Claire Pagès,”Corps et travail dans la pensée freudienne de la cure.”  Champ Psy. no. 65 (2014): 27-44:  French Version

*Sessions will take place in French with English summaries / Q&A in English and French

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