3I Seminar 2017-2018: Imaginations, Images, Imaginaries
From: 2017-10-19 To:2018-05-24
Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
Aesthetics, Politics & Knowledge
The history of philosophy is full of notions that, because of their semantic complexity, can be said to be inexhaustible. This is, for instance, the case of imagination. Let us think to the terminological polyphony at stake: phantasia, eikon, Bild, Einbildungskraft, fiction, phantasme, trace, imaginaire etc. And let us think to the several contexts, such as illusion, utopia, ideology, but also freedom, synthesis, mediation, analogy, metaphor, discovery and so on. The goal of this seminar is not to reconstruct a “history of imagination” in philosophy, but rather to reflect about the underlying problem that all these theories make emerge: the question of a productive absence, of a creative negation. Imagination has a paradoxical status: it is both absence and presence, negation and affirmation, distanciation from the real and its transformation.
The 3I seminar will not remain within the limits of philosophical reflection. Indeed, after a first part devoted to different perspectives in the philosophy of imagination, the seminar will focus on communication studies, for two reasons. First, because our imagination is increasingly externalized, mediated, and build through and by media, especially digital media. Second, because we have more and more to do with digital machines that are able to synthesize, reproduce and produce by themselves. Let us think, for instance, to the widely discussed machine learning algorithms. These machines represent a challenge for the anthropocentrism that still characterizes great part of the human and social sciences.
PROGRAM AND SPEAKERS
The seminar will be organized in six sessions.
- 19 October 2017 —> General presentation of the seminar with an intervention by Luca Possati (Institut Catholique de Paris)
- 30 November 2017 —> Laurent Van Eynde (Université Saint-Louis de Bruxelles)
- 15 February 2018 —> Claude Romano (Université Sorbonne)
- 22 March 2018 —> Jean-Luc Amalric (Fonds Ricoeur de Paris)
- 12 April 2018 —> Franck Cormerais (Université de Bordeaux Montaigne)
- 24 May 2018 —> Alberto Araujo (Universidade do Minho)
Research Group Aesthetics, Politics and Knowledge
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