Following a heated discussion between a couple of friends on the theme of the imaginary, the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard had proposed to Michel Mafessoli to ritually repeat those gatherings, where artists, intellectuals, actors or business people readily intermingle, for a discussion that is both outspoken and singular.

A place open to debate, but structured, these gatherings around the imaginary have hosted, since more than ten years, witnesses and stakeholders of today's world around the theme of the imaginary and its various resurgences in our society. Michel Mafessoli offers his analysis of the sensitive world, and an original outlook on the new expressions of culture and the social interactions.

More than ever, these themes appear fruitful, and the very word "imaginary" resounds beyond amphitheatres and cultural debates to contaminate all the fields of social life, everyday life, togetherness, and all the expressions of contemporary culture.

These gatherings have recently evolved, and have become the Invitations to the imaginary. Michel Mafessoli will still invite an intellectual or an artist, but will assign them to questions from the audience and various observers, thus opening a discussion with the whole attendance.

Upcoming Conferences
 
 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 07 PM, Free admission

Invitation to the Imaginary

New lecture of the Invitation to the Imaginary, presented by Michel Maffesoli.

Past conferences

2017

Aurélien Fouillet, Hélène Strohl, Michel Maffesoli and Anne Nivat
Aurélien Fouillet, Hélène Strohl, Michel Maffesoli and Anne Nivat

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 07 PM, Free admission

«Ecouter la France d'ailleurs»

Michel Maffesoli invites Anne Nivat, international correspondent, to discuss about her latest publication : Dans quelle France on vit, Editions Fayard, March 2017, Hélène Strohl, Inspectrice Honoraires des Affaires Sociales and Aurélien Fouillet, researcher at CEAQ

Ecosophie, Michel Maffesoli, Éditions du cerf 2017
Ecosophie, Michel Maffesoli, Éditions du cerf 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 07 PM, 7pm, free admission

Michel Maffesoli, «Ecosophie»

Michel Maffesoli (Member of the Institut universitaire of France, Professeur Émérite, Sorbonne) invites Aurélien Fouillet (researcher at CEAQ) and Clément Bosqué (Director of Institut du Travail Sociale-IRTS-Montrouge) and Guillaume Fédou, musician, to debate on the occasion of the launch of his book ÉCOSOPHIE, Editions du Cerf, 2017.

View of the conference
View of the conference

Friday, January 20, 2017, at 07 PM, Free admission

«De la culture numérique»

Michel Maffesoli (Member of Institut universitaire de France, Professeur Émérite, Sorbonne) invites Stéphane Hugon (Director of Eranos Society) and Daniel Kaplan (President of Fondation Internet Nouvelles Générations) to discuss with Vincenzo Susca (Teacher at l’Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier) on the occasion of the publication of his book LES AFFINITÉS CONNECTIVES, Editions du Cerf, 2016.

2016

Giuliano Da Empoli, Grasset edition
Giuliano Da Empoli, Grasset edition

Friday, November 25, 2016, at 07 PM, Free entrance

«Le "Florentin" ou l’art de gouverner»

Michel Maffesoli invites Fabian Sanabria (Colombia), Patrick Tacussel (Montpellier) and Pierre de Gasquet (Les Échos) to debat with Giuliano Da Empoli about his last book about Matteo Renzi : Le Florentin.

Hervé Fischer, Michel Maffesoli, Patrick Tacussel
Hervé Fischer, Michel Maffesoli, Patrick Tacussel

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 07 PM, Free entrance

«Crossed look on art and digital technology»

  

 
 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 07 PM, Free admission

«L'enracinement dynamique»

Michel Maffesoli's guest for the present session are Patrick Tacussel, Clément Bosqué,and Vincenzo Susca.

Stéphane Hugon, Michel Maffesoli, Marc Halevy
Stéphane Hugon, Michel Maffesoli, Marc Halevy

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 07 PM, Free entrance

« Éloge du romantisme postmoderne »

Michel Maffesoli chairs a debate with guests Marc Halevy and Stéphane Hugon to discuss the former's latest work « Éloge du romantisme », Laurence Massaro, 2015.

Michel Maffesoli, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Vincent  Petitet
Michel Maffesoli, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Vincent  Petitet

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 07 PM, Free entrance

«Nous avons changé de monde»

To mark the publication of his most recent book, Nous avons changé de monde Albin Michel, Michel Maffesoli is joined in debate by Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and Vincent  Petitet, author and researcher at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research).

Frédéric Monneyron, Patrick Mathieu, Michel Maffesoli, Aurélien Fouillet
Frédéric Monneyron, Patrick Mathieu, Michel Maffesoli, Aurélien Fouillet

Monday, February 15, 2016, at 07 PM, Free entrance

«L’Imaginaire du luxe»

Michel Maffesoli invites Frédéric Monneyron, Patrick Mathieu and Aurélien Fouillet

New book of Michel Maffesoli.
New book of Michel Maffesoli.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 07 PM, Free entrance

Michel Maffesoli «La parole du silence»

Listen to the conference on France Culture Plus.

2015

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Michelangelo Pistoletto

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 07 PM, Free admission

Michelangelo Pistoletto, "Education. A programmatic manifesto "

Listen to the conference on France Culture plus : Michel Maffesoli has invited the artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.

Olivier Penot-Lacassagne, Michel Maffesoli, Aurélien Fouillet
Olivier Penot-Lacassagne, Michel Maffesoli, Aurélien Fouillet

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 07 PM, free admission

Jean Baudrillard

Listen to the conference on France Culture plus : Michel Maffesoli has invited Olivier Penot-Lacassagne (Université Paris III) and Stéphane Hugon (CEAQ, Eranos)

Les Cahiers européens de l'imaginaire, Le Baroque
Les Cahiers européens de l'imaginaire, Le Baroque

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 07 PM, free admission

«The Baroque development of the World»

Listen to the conference on France Culture plus : with Michel Maffesoli and the editorial board of Les Cahiers de l'Imaginaire.

Christophe Bourseiller, Michel Maffesol, Raphaël Josset, Aurélien Fouillet
Christophe Bourseiller, Michel Maffesol, Raphaël Josset, Aurélien Fouillet

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 07 PM, Free admission

« L’imaginaire conspirationniste »

Listen to the conference on France Culture plus : Michel Maffesoli has invited Raphaël Josset, sociologist and Christophe Bourseiller, writer.

Jean-François Colosimo and Michel Maffesoli
Jean-François Colosimo and Michel Maffesoli

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 07 PM, Free admission

Jean-François Colosimo, « Chrétiens d’Orient, un imaginaire originel »

Listen to the conference on France Culture plus : Michel Maffesoli has invited Jean-François Colosimo, théologian.

2014

Invitation to the Imagination
Invitation to the Imagination

Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 07 PM, Free admission

Where is Religion going to Find a Perch? "Marx, Theologian"

Listen to the conference on France Culture plus : Michel Maffesoli has invited Patrick Tacussel, professor at Montpellier Universty, and the philsopher Bruno Pinchard, author of Marx à rebours (Marx, Against the Grain], éditions Kimé, 2014.

Invitation to the Imagination
Invitation to the Imagination

Monday, October 13, 2014, at 07 PM, Free admission

Michel Maffesoli, « How to think the postmodernity ? »

Michel Maffesoli has invited Fabian Sanabria, professor at the University of Bogota, Patrick Tacussel, professor at Montpellierand Pascal Bories, journalist.

Fabien Trécourt, Michel Maffesoli, Aurélien Fouillet
Fabien Trécourt, Michel Maffesoli, Aurélien Fouillet

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 07 PM, Free admission

Aurélien Fouillet, Fabien Trécourt, "And the world became play"

Listen to the conference on France Culture plus.

Michel Maffesoli, Stéphane Hugon and Rémy Bourganel
Michel Maffesoli, Stéphane Hugon and Rémy Bourganel

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 07 PM, at 7pm - Free admission

Rémy Bourganel, Stéphane Hugon, "To design social uses"

Listen to the conference on France Culture Plus.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 07 PM, Free admission

Jean-Pierre Luminet, «Fake or mirages of postmodern worlds»

Listen to the conference on france culture plus.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 07 PM, at 7pm - Free admission

Michel Maffesoli, Hélène Strohl, «The new self-righteous»

Michel Maffesoli invites sociology professor Patrick Tacussel and Jean-Didier Vincent, a member of the French Académie des sciences and Académie de médecine.

2013

Monday, December 2, 2013, at 07 PM, at 7pm - Free admission

Joël de Rosnay, Stéphane Hugon, «Surfing Life»

Michel Maffesoli invites Joël de Rosnay and Stéphane Hugon

Michel Maffesoli, Arnaud Vivian, Clément Bosqué, Emmanuelle Maffesoli, et Hélène Strohl
Michel Maffesoli, Arnaud Vivian, Clément Bosqué, Emmanuelle Maffesoli, et Hélène Strohl

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 07 PM, at 7pm - Free admission

Michel Maffesoli, «The postmodern literary imagination»

Michel Maffesoli talks to author and literary critic Arnaud Viviant, authors Emmanuelle Maffesoli, Clément Bosqué and Hélène Strohl.

Gaspard Koenig, Michel Maffesoli and Aurélien Fouillet.
Gaspard Koenig, Michel Maffesoli and Aurélien Fouillet.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 07 PM, at 7pm - Free admission

Gaspard Koenig , Aurélien Fouillet, «Romancing the Economy»

Michel Maffesoli invites Gaspard Koenig and Aurélien Fouillet

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Practical information

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    • Closing : Monday and public holidays.
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