- The Empire as an imagined community
The imagined communities, a concept developed by Benedict Anderson in his study of national ideologies, have become more than just a political science theory. Actually, it also involves geography, sociology, history, etc. Presuming that an “imaginative faculty” is necessary to create a community whose members do not all know each other, the imagined community becomes a concept for any type of institution and not just the nation. Based on the idea that the Empires also create imagined communities (unequal? diverse? or universal ?..), this seminar will explore how the today’s management of plurilingualism contributes to or contradicts the Empire as an imagined community. Historians, including specialists in the colonialism, will dialogue with specialists on literature, philosophy and other disciplines to examine real or fictional case studies dealing with the past or present.
- Communities and the Power of Fiction
10 sessions of 3 hours: Monday 9:00-12:00 (I3-115, I3-120)
Speakers: Yolaine Parisot, Vincent Ferré, Graciela Villanueva, Pascal Séverac
This seminar is inspired by Homi K. Bhabha’s rereading of Benedict Anderson. The thoughts of the community (Agamben, Nancy, Glissant, etc.) are confronted with imaginary communities through the notion of fiction in a transhistorical perspective, from Aristotle to recent rereadings (e.g. Schaeffer). The seminar will explore the power of literary and artistic fiction in the face of community fictions, bad fictions of neoliberal storytelling, crisises of democracy. It will also reflect on the connection between fiction and the real world, in various cultural contexts. Lectures and seminars are organized by specialists in literature, philosophy and arts in order to identify:
– theory: theories of fiction and thoughts of the community;
– poetics: singular fictional universes in multimedia reality (literature, cinema, series, video games…);
– politics: utopia / dystopia; collective assamblages, public space and “shared universes”.
- “The readers’ factory” in France: which nation / community of readers?
10 sessions of 3 hours: Monday 15:00-18:00 (205 A DRT)
Speakers: Rossana De Angelis, Sylvie Ducas, Clément Duyck, Marie-Madeleine Huchet
This multidisciplinary seminar uses a diachronic approach to study the “Manufacture of Readers” in France. It develops the history of reading and communities of readers from the Middle Ages to the present, from the manuscript to the Internet (the center of today’s web readers communities and collaborative communities). The aim is to show that the “readers’ factory” is a social, political, cultural, economic, complex construct. It is also to see the most significant changes troughout the centuries by using different points of diachronic approach.
The idea is not to counterpose real and imagined/imaginary readers, but to join them by using three axes:
– analyze the possibilities and the actors of the national factory of potential reader (critics, publishers, authors);
– study the existed communities of readers, from books to the Internet (directions for use, censorship, cultural transfers and translations);
– see what these readers are making, from books to the Internet (practical use, representations).
- Imagined Communities and Language Policy: Epistemocritical Perspectives
ED CS / EUR FRAPP LIS – IMAGER
10 sessions of 3 hours: Friday 9:00-12:00 (i2-213) from February till April 2022
This PhD seminar focuses on the epistemology of imaginary in literature and imaginary in languages. For this purpose it compares 3 situations of critical plurilingualism: plural Francophonies, the English-speaking and postcolonial worlds and Latin America, and the transnational circulations of these discourse communities. The complex of literatures reflexions will learn young researchers in the humanities and social sciences to explore some current questions, such as the translation of the concepts of biopower, the wealth of transatlantic epistemocritical debates, or the writing of the thesis from a point of view that is both centralized and decentralized.