Two study days at the Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard and at Centre d’Etudes du Vivant, University Paris Diderot

Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 10 AM, at the Foundation Add to my calendar

Inhabiting contradiction: uses and transmission of Geneviève Fraisse's thought, « the philosopher as peddler »

Designed by Les Vagues collective

The work group Les Vagues is a feminist collective. Composed of visual arts professionals, the collective meets to think about and implement articulations between art, history of art, political culture and activism from an assertive viewpoint. The collective inventories, and spreads awareness about tools of positive change, and affirms feminist and egalitarian professional practices, with a close attention to social justice. Practicing an intersectional feminist epistemology in the art world means getting formats, discourses, social sciences tools (history of art, political sciences, philosophy, cultural studies) of activism (decolonial, LGBTQI+, queer, black feminism/afrofeminism) working with and within the processes and modalities of art.

The seminar: 

Geneviève Fraisse, Emeritus Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) has produced a philosophical body of work stemming from historical material. She has brought new feminist genealogies to light and engaged in dialogues with either isolated or well-recognised works, from Poullain de la Barre to Simone de Beauvoir and Germaine de Staël. She argues that the French Revolution, born from universalism, was paradoxically both the starting point of the conceptualization of women's place in public matters, and of their exclusion from the political field — what  Fraisse calls « exclusive democracy ».

For several years now, Fraisse's thought has spread out of the academic world. It is the sign of a new French-speaking perspective on gender studies, while the past two decades years have been marked by North American models.

An intellectual and an activist, Geneviève Fraisse has been an important figure in the Women's Liberation Movement (Mouvement de Libération des Femmes). She also was an inter-ministerial delegate on women's rights (1997-1998) and a Member of the European Parliament (1999-2004). As a researcher, a woman and an activist, she has developed a radical mode of thinking that is being reactivated by today's political questionings.

The study days Inhabiting contradiction: uses and transmission (« peddling philosophy ») of Geneviève Fraisse's thought will be the opportunity to examine philosophical contributions to gender studies in France, assert the reappropriation of public debate as an emancipatory practice, starting from non-dogmatic logics as well as demanding that concepts be questioned over and over.

The program: 

Thursday, March 29, at Fondation d'entreprise Ricard 

Morning: moderator Les Vagues – Louise Hervé

9:30 am - 10 am: Arrival of the participants

10 am - 10:15 am: Introduction by Les Vagues – Isabelle Alfonsi

10:15 am - 11:15 am: Véronique Lefebvre des Noettes, « Du consentement au prisme de la maladie d’Alzheimer ».

11:15 am - 12:15 am: Luis Pizarro, « Woman and Family in the Construction of Liberal Citizenship. Spain, 1834-1846 ».

Afternoon: moderator Les Vagues – Sophie Orlando

2 pm - 3 pm: Lalla Kowska Régnier, « Incarner la contradiction, échapper à la sidération ».

3 pm - 4 pm: Emilie Noteris, « "ISMES" NO GOOD : Devenir féministes à la place des féministes ».

4 pm - 4:30 pm: break

4:30 pm -  5:30 pm: Pierre Bras, « Geneviève Fraisse, philosophe populaire ».

5:30 pm - 6 pm: conclusion by Geneviève Fraisse

Friday, March 30, at Centre d’Etudes du Vivant, Université Paris Diderot, amphithéâtre Turing building Sophie Germain, Place Aurélie Nemours - 75013 Paris

Morning: moderator Les Vagues – Chloé Maillet

9:30 am - 10 am: Arrival of the participants

10 am - 11 am: Diletta Mansella, « La figure de Béatrice Cenci chez P.B. Shelley, Stendhal et Alexandre Dumas : le privilège d'un sujet ».

11 am - 12 am: Joëlle Palmieri, « Des Pénélopes à la généalogie du concept de colonialité numérique ».

Afternoon: moderator Les Vagues – Isabelle Alfonsi

2 pm - 3 pm: Geneviève Fraisse, « La suite de l’histoire ».

3 pm - 3:30 pm: break

3:30 pm - 5 pm: Discussion: built art feminist lines and think emancipation with Renaud Chantraine, Elisabeth Lebovici, Reine Prat, Emilie Renard and Virginie Jourdain.

5 pm - 5:30 pm: conclusion by Les Vagues – Géraldine Gourbe


Photo Gallery - Slideshow

Graphist: Catherine Guiral
Geneviève Fraisse

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