« La Poétique de l’espace est-elle rationnelle? » avec Dr. Jean-Jacques Wunenburger

Date: Le lundi 2 octobre 2017 de 16h à 17h15

Lieu: A4-348 (FLSH) à l’Université de Sherbrooke

 

Jean-Jacques Wunenburger est professeur émérite de philosophie à l’université Jean Moulin Lyon3, ancien directeur du Centre de recherches IRPHiL de Lyon, président de l’association internationale Gaston Bachelard et de l’association des amis de Gilbert Durand, et codirecteur du Centre de recherches internationales sur l’imaginaire (CRI2i). Il a développé des recherches sur les images, l’imagination et l’imaginaire dans leurs relations avec la philosophie, les sciences et techniques, les médias, la santé, et la politique, entre autres.

Parmi ses publications, L’utopie ou la crise de l’imaginaire (1979), Le sacré (1981), La vie des images(1995), Philosophie des images (1997), L’homme à l’âge de la télévision (2000), Imaginaires du politique (2001), Une utopie de la raison. Essai sur la politique moderne (2002), Imaginaires et rationalité des médecines alternatives (2006), Imagination mode d’emploi. Une science de l’imaginaire au service de la créativité (2011), Bachelard, une poétique des images (2012), Le progrès en crise? ( 2014 ), L’imagination créatrice (2015), Esthétique de la transfiguration (2016), L’imagination géopoïétique (2016).

NOUVELLE PUBLICATION: “La lutte pour l’espace : ville, performance, et culture d’en bas”

 

Sous la direction de : Roxanne RimsteadDomenico A. BeneventiSimon Harel

Collection: Intercultures

Discipline: Urbanisme

Parution: 26 mai 2017

Description

Dans ce volume collectif, nous examinons le profond enchevêtrement de l’espace et du pouvoir dans les paysages locaux, dans les vies individuelles, et sur les scènes nationale et mondiale. Les luttes pour l’espace marquent et définissent les subjectivités incarnées du soi et de l’autre, ainsi que les espaces matériels et imaginés. Nous cherchons également à dépasser les barrières linguistiques, les frontières nationales, les catégories conceptuelles, les communautés et les silences, afin de relire des textes et des auteurs canoniques tout en écoutant de nouvelles voix et en captant des performances d’espaces contestés qui sont nouvellement reconnues ou inscrites dans la mémoire collective.

FEELING QUEER/QUEER FEELING International Conference / Colloque International

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Date: 24, 25 & 26 May 2017

Place: Father Madden Hall, 100 rue Saint Joseph Street, St-Michael’s College, University of Toronto

See this attachment for details of the conference

 

Feeling Queer / Queer Feeling

International Conference University of Toronto, Canada May 24–26, 2017

As a physical and psychological phenomenon, affect takes place in the body and is both outside of and beyond representational mediations, as it mobilizes the concrete experience of the self, of others, and how we are in the world. In response, theories of affect are in our opinion tactical and strategic attempts to come to grips with shifting and nuanced aspects of infinite difference, to qualify the gradient of difference and alterity at the very core of the self. Certainly, we speak of feelings, sensations, emotions, perceptions, and “passions” but theories of affect call for critical sympathy and attention to attempt to translate into another language that which does not happen in words. We must take into consideration that words and concepts are only partial, incomplete, and imperfect attempts at translating experience and that translations reduce the complexity, wealth, diversity, multiplicity, plurality and singularity, of the phenomenon which we want to best describe. How can one then begin to apprehend that which is not within the range of oral or written language, that which cannot be communicated directly, and that which can be showed but not relayed in literature, cinema, painting, or by any other art form? How do we go about capturing, either materially or conceptually, that which cannot be apprehended or seized in any other way?

Another consequence of the desire to identify, classify and name the unnamable is to turn analysis into forms of discipline and to standardize the experiences of human beings, with both intended and unintended cultural, social, and political results which have to be critiqued. To be part of a family, a group, a community, and a nation, individuals must learn to regulate and adjust affects and affectivity in accordance with the norms that construct, in both public and private spaces, the shared or collective affective commons of the community. Whenever the translation of bodily expressions of affect is in turn constrained by social forms of regulation, then the possibility for an individual to identify with preestablished sanctioned forms of affectivity becomes, in fact, a negation of their own affect, and by extension of the singular and original self. Cultural, social, institutional, and political hegemonies – absolutely external to the individual – create, shape, and give meaning to what is believed to be the most profound expression of interiority. Interiority, as expressible, becomes an effect of illusion and external control.

Turning to Spinoza’s thought, Brian Massumi offers one of the simplest definitions of affect that can be offered as « […] “the capacity to affect or be affected.” This is deceptively simple. First, it is directly relational, because it places affect in the space of relation: between an affecting and a being affected. It focuses on the middle, directly on what happens between. More than that, it forbids separating passivity from activity. The definition considers “to be affected” a capacity” (Politics of Affect 91). Massumi places affect in an intersubjective, interrelationnal space that is both interactive and primarily physical, concrete, and corporeal. Affect touches each individual, each subject and, at the same time, it is a phenomenon that inheres in the collective, in plurality, and in multitude. Affect shapes us and informs us. It also offers response and resistance. For those reasons, it is also linked with questions of power – a diffuse power, a dissemination of power, a power which affects us and by which we affected and that remains imperceptible even in its most material effects. The power of affect and the affect of power are consequently intimately intertwined in the cultural, social, and political spheres.

Several critics and theorists in the last few years have questioned queer theory from the vantage point of affect, as well as affect theory from the vantage point of queer theory. For instance, we may consider Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity, 2002), Sara Ahmed (The Cultural Politics of Emotion, 2004; Queer Phenomenology, 2006; Willful Subjects, 2014), Lauren Berlant (Cruel Optimism, 2011), Heather Love (Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History, 2007), David L. Eng (The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy, 2010), Ann Cvetkovich (An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Public Lesbian Cultures and Depression: With Public Feeling, 2003), Mel Y. Chen (Animacies: Biolopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, 2012), Anthony Siu (Architectural Grotesque: Impersonal Affects and the New Queer Cinematic, 2013), Shaka McGlotten (Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality, 2013), Judith Butler (Senses of the Subject, 2015), and David M. Halperin and Valerie Traub (Gay Shame, 2009).

The work of these critics and theorists reconsiders, updates, and problematizes the tradition of analysis of the passions, sentiments, feelings, sensations, and emotions. They also approach in very different ways the older problematics of rhetorics, poetics, hermeneutics, and aesthetics. Several take up and reframe the canonical work of Spinoza, Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, Husserl, and Bergson. The encounters between queer theory and affect have thus recently become stimulating and productive in critiques of queer embodiment and its relation to the social, the emergent, and the world.

Conférence sur le cinéma documentaire par Giovanni Princigalli

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DATE: Jeudi 27 octobre 2016 de 16h00 à 17h15

LIEU: A6-1002

Giovanni Princigalli parlera du domaine du cinéma documentaire comme rituel, voyage, formation et défi. Il présentera son parcours de cinéaste et partagera son expérience de réalisation et de recherche pour son documentaire sur les Roms de la trilogie CAHIERS GITANS, réalisé entre 2001-2014. Il discutera du cinéma documentaire comme découverte de micromondes, de communautés, et du marginal dans le contexte de son œuvre, en situant les expériences des grands documentaristes du cinéma italien Vittorio de Seta, Gianfranco Mingozzi, et Gianfranco Rosi entre autres.

Giovanni Princigalli est né à Bari en Italie, où il a obtenu une maîtrise sous la direction de Franco Cassano en sciences politiques, option historique sociale, avec le mémoire Pour une sociologie du voyage, regards nomades et sédentaires, l’identité, la souffrance, la liberté. En 2006, à l’Université de Montréal, il a obtenu une maîtrise en cinéma sous la direction de Silvestra Mariniello, mémoire en scénario au titre Enchantements et désenchantements du Héros Fragile. Il a également étudié le film ethnographique à Paris avec Annie Comolli, le documentaire à l’école Robert Flaherty avec Carlo Alberto Pinelli et la scénarisation à Cagli avec Giuseppe Piccioni et Umberto Contarello. Il a suivi une master class avec à l’ICAIC de Cuba avec le metteur en scène et dramaturge Calros Celdran. En 2013 il a obtenu un certificat de cinéma pour l’enfance et l’adolescence à l’école TIGI de Buenos Aires.  En fin, il a été membre de jury pour le festival Vues d’Afrique, le festival Présences autochtones,  pour le Conseil des arts du Canada et pour le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

En 2007, il a fondé à Montréal la société Héros Fragiles dont les films ont été télédiffusés par Rai International, TV5 Afrique, Planète, Canal Vox, Illico Vidéotron, Community Channel et Repubblica TV.  Il a été lauréat de la SCAM et des Giovani Artisti Italiani, il gagné des prix au Festival du Film Ethnographique de Belgrade, au Mediterraneo Video Festival Documentario Internazionale d’Agropoli, aux Rencontres Cinématographiques de Digne-Les-Bains, de la Society of Visual Anthropology et le prix des Détenus au festival cinématographique Résistance de Foix. En 2012 il a été nommé au Premio Doc/it Professional Award.

Two Lectures by Visiting Professors from Holguín, Cuba

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DATE: Jeudi 29 septembre, 2016 @ 16h

PLACE: A4-348, Université de Sherbrooke

The Role of Culture in the Cuban Education System

Dr. Vilma Paéz Pérez, Professor of English, Holguín, Cuba

  1. Title: The role of Culture in the Cuban Education System

Education is one of the key pillars of the Cuban society. It has been a highly ranked system for many years, widely recognized for its quality and good results. In spite of the economic difficulties the country has faced for more than half a century, priority has always been given to education and health care.

What has allowed Cuba’s education system to perform so well, even under the severe resource constraints, is the continuity in its education strategies, and an inclusive and carefully structured system, whose main aim is the comprehensive formation of the students at all levels. For that purpose, developing in the students a sense of belonging to a culture and inculcating national values in their behavior is a way to ensure the quality in their formation, so that the model of an educated society we have set out to create, can be achieved as a reality of Martí’s maxim that there is no possible equality without equality of culture.

In this talk we will examine the political, pedagogical and sociological foundations of the Cuban Educational System, its accomplishments over the last 55 years; the principles underlying the educational policy of the Cuban government as well as the changes that are currently being made with the participation of administrators, principals, teachers, students and other social agents, to continuously raise the quality of its results.

  1. Teacher Training and Teacher development in Cuba, a history of challenges and commitment.

The teaching profession is one that entails challenges and hard work but also growth, joy, and fulfillment. Nevertheless, everywhere in the world, most teachers complain that they are asked to work too much and that they are underpaid. Cuba is not an exception, being a teacher in Cuba is very demanding and requires that one is really committed to do a good job.

The beginning of a new academic year is a great celebration in Cuba. This year, with almost two million children and youth being welcomed in classrooms across the country, in 10,600 educational institutions, with enrollment increasing slightly in elementary schools, we are facing a shortage of qualified teachers in some educational levels.

A recurring theme during meetings held with the Education authorities was the attention and motivation provided to teaching staff and the role of pedagogical high schools in guaranteeing teacher coverage at the primary and preschool levels, in special education, and in training English teachers for elementary schools, with a view toward transforming instruction of this language at all educational levels.

Quality teachers need to have formal training, dedicate time to prepare lessons and goals for students and foster a learning environment that can inspire students to want to learn. With this aim in mind, new teacher training schools has been opened in the country making a total of 24 institutions of this kind, where 21,000 students are enrolled.

Education of teachers is a strong priority in Cuba, and teacher preparation programs are set in accordance to the changes the education system undergoes. There is a wide range of teacher training schools and university programs to train teachers for all educational levels all over the country. It is also important to ensure continuing education programs. There are two areas that seek professional development: professional enhancement and graduate academic programs.

The way this teacher training and development is organized, conducted and evaluated is presented in this talk.

Dr. Vilma Páez Perez earned her Bachelor of Education with concentration in English, at the Instituto Superior Pedagogical Holguín, her Master of Science of Education and a PhD in Educational Sciences. She works at the Holguín University as Professor and Dean of the Facultad de Humanidades. Her accomplishments include the publication of over twenty articles on the teaching of foreign languages as well as writing dictionaries and manuals.

Teaching English to Medical Students in Cuba

Dr. Salvador Escalante Batista, English Professor, School of Medical Sciences, Holguín, Cuba

Medical students have to pass all the subjects included in a 6-year academic Syllabus. These students should master English not only for deeper knowledge of all the areas of medicine, but also because they are also trained to provide medical assistance abroad and English is practically a lingua franca in all the countries where they are supposed to work, except in those where Spanish, French, Arabic or Portuguese is the first language spoken.   English has to be taken by medical students during the first 5 years of their university studies. This talk gives a general idea of the characteristics of the subjects within English that are taught at medical universities in Cuba.

 

La Déconstruction comme indice de dissimulation d’un traumatisme d’enfance: Le Cas de “Nord perdu” de Nancy Huston

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Danielle Schaub, Oranim College of Education, Isreal

DATE: Jeudi 8 septembre, 2016 @ 16h

PLACE: A4-348, Université de Sherbrooke

Dans son étude sur la théorie de la négativité psychique élaborée par Melanie Klein, Jacqueline Rose suggère une lecture de textes « s’attachant aux moments où l’écriture déraille, quand elle fait défaut à . . . ses propres tests de cohérence, révélant . . . son ‘autre’ scène », démontrant ainsi « le triomphe de l’inconscient » (Rose 128). Examiné de la sorte, Nord perdu de Nancy Huston révèle un modèle particulier de déraillement. Le texte semble perdre pied petit à petit alors même qu’il s’engage dans une recherche d’une source originaire pour déconstruire la métaphore « perdre le nord », liée à un traumatisme d’enfance. La voix textuelle reste flottante d’autant plus que le langage dérive du centre du moi de la voix textuelle. Nord perdu illustre une exploitation singulière du jeu de mots Derridien, fabricant des associations tout en sondant les significations de la dés/orientation. Cependant, même si le langage explose, le texte reste néanmoins lié à des modèles unitaires phallocratiques. La déconstruction dans Nord perdu poursuit les traces d’abstractions intellectuelles, n’explorant pratiquement pas la trame émotionnelle, physique et sensuelle, effaçant ainsi le lien avec la terre. Bien que le texte tende à dépasser le sens unitaire, la voix textuelle suit un fil unidirectionnel, évitant les zones affectives, effaçant le féminin source de traumatisme enfantin, l’incitant ainsi à se prendre à son propre piège.

Danielle Schaub a fait ses études à Bruxelles (Belgique) et à Cambridge (Angleterre). Elle a enseigné à l’Université de Cambridge en Angleterre et à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles en Belgique avant d’émigrer en Israël. Elle enseigne la littérature anglaise et canadienne ainsi que l’écriture créative au Département d’Anglais d’Oranim, the Academic College of Education (l’ancien campus secondaire de l’Université de Haïfa). Sa recherche a porté sur les écrits autobiographiques, la littérature transnationale, les représentations spatiales de la subjectivité féminine ainsi que sur l’interaction entre le texte et l’image. Influencée par sa récente formation en bibliothérapie, sa recherche porte présentement sur les représentations littéraires du trauma et sur les interprétations psychanalytiques d’oeuvres filmiques.

 

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THE « LOG BOOK » OF THE FRONT DE LIBÉRATION HOMOSEXUEL DU QUÉBEC (1971-72) : Exploring the Counterculture and its Limits

Robert Schwartzwald, Université de Montréal

DATE: APRIL 20, 2016 @ 4PM

PLACE: A4-348, Université de Sherbrooke

At the beginning of the 1970s, Quebec’s first gay liberation group, the Front de libération homosexuel (FLH) lived its own version of a broader social debate on the relative effectiveness of strategies of personal liberation on the one hand and the transformation of social attitudes, laws, and institutions on the other. These orientations were most often presented as antithetical, and the debate that pitted individual vs collective approaches against each other reveals much about a broader malaise regarding the influence of the counterculture in the post-Stonewall gay liberation movement, especially as it intersected and interacted with radical student radicalism, second-wave feminism, and Quebec nationalism.

After briefly surveying the origins of the FLH in the milieu surrounding the countercultural magazine Mainmise and its groundbreaking, free translation of Carl Wittman’s San Francisco “A Gay Manifesto,” we examine the presence of the counterculture, both in content and form, in the public campaigns and declarations of the FLH, the internal documents and debates of the organization, and especially its Log Book, a lined journal left on a table in the FLH headquarters and available to anyone who wanted to write or draw in it.

The Log Book features a great variety of texts: poems (some original, some by well- known writers), aphorisms, personal reflections, quotes from well-known philosophers and public figures, but also declarations of love, friendship and flirtatious messages, bitter recriminations and polemical exchanges, graffiti, drawings, and sketches. Most of those who took advantage of this opportunity did so anonymously and were not among the organization’s militant core, ie those who wrote about, and led, the internal debates about forms of democracy and the relationship between “social” and political tasks. Instead, they were among the hundreds who passed through the FLH’s offices and participated in their social, cultural, and political activities. Comparing their anonymous entries on personal emancipation, love, sexual honesty, religion, and other such topics, as well as their cultural references, to the more abstract language of internal documents and the more militant formulations of public campaigns provides a unique opportunity to assess the influence of the counterculture at an organizational and individual level, and its limits.

This is the first time that the FLH Log Book has been studied and incorporated into a history of gay liberation. It is a unique document that allows us to re-assess the feminist claim, appropriated by gay liberation in the 1970s, that “the personal is political.” The presentation will include slides of images from the Log Book as well as a sampling of poetry and other passages written by contributors.

Robert Schwartzwald, author of C.R.A.Z.Y., A Queer Film Classic (Arsenal Pulp, 2016), of publications on Quebec artists including Michel Tremblay, Denys Arcand, and Larry Tremblay, and translator of Daniel Guerin’s The Brown Plague (Duke, 1994), teaches at the Université de Montréal. He is recipient of the Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies.

Quatrième rencontre annuelle du Centre de recherche VersUs et du Laboratoire de recherche CPCC de l’Université de Montréal

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Vendredi 15 avril,

Local A4-166 (Salle du Conseil de la FLSH)

Université de Sherbrooke

 

Programme

9 :30 : Accueil

10 :00 : Première communication

 

Mariève Vautrin, Université de Montréal

Pour l’amour du ‘patrimoine immatériel’ : penser la patrimonialisation en ‘milieu associatif’ au Québec, quels enjeux?

Au Québec, un nombre grandissant d’organismes communautaires et de bénévoles participent du champ patrimonial (Bergeron, 2011). Une organisation de représentation sectorielle (OCCQ, 2003), le Conseil québécois du patrimoine vivant, se revendique d’ailleurs d’une mission liée expressément à la sauvegarde du ‘patrimoine immatériel’ : « [le CQPV vise à] regrouper les personnes et les organismes engagés dans la préservation, la recherche et la mise en valeur du patrimoine [immatériel de la collectivité] » (http://patrimoinevivant.qc.ca/cqpv/). C’est dans ce contexte, et en tenant compte de l’élargissement de la notion de patrimoine à l’échelle mondiale, que j’ai entrepris une démarche ethnographique multisite (Marcus, 1995) à l’été 2015 en vue d’interroger les pratiques de patrimonialisation associatives sur le territoire québécois. Dans le cadre de ma présentation, j’aborderai les grandes lignes de ma problématisation et explorerai les formes d’attachement qui contribuent à l’émergence de la musique traditionnelle « de chez nous » comme patrimoine.

 

11 :00 : Pause de 10 minutes

11 :10 : Deuxième communication

 

David Leahy, Université de Sherbrooke

 Re-Periodizing la Révolution tranquille

 The talk will explore how the “common sense” notion that the Révolution tranquille ended in the late 1960s fails to recognize the “multidirectional interactions” of a heteroglossia of past voices within a specific time-frame and over time (Martin Jay, “Historical Explanation and the Event: Reflections on the Limits of Contextualization.” New Literary History 42 (2011), 562), especially since said socio-political narrative and its literary correlatives have conventionally been over-determined by a mechanical synchronic periodization, and later by Pierre Nepveu’s post-structuralist biases in L’Écologie du reel, as well as Jacques Pelletier’s end point of the Crise d’octobre. Accordingly, the talk will conclude by suggesting that we should extend our sense of the historical parameters of la Révolution tranquille and, in the process, recognise that it was not nearly so quiet a process as it is conventionally claimed to have been.

 

12 : 10 : Dîner au Café du Globe, 2230 rue Galt : http://cafeduglobe.ca/

14 :15 : Troisième communication

 

Jessica Janssen, Université de Sherbrooke

 « Une nouvelle forme d’authenticité » : La littérature autochtone contemporaine du Québec

Les écrivains amérindiens francophones sont, comparés à leurs homologues anglophones, toujours à peine (re)connus au Québec, au Canada ou globalement, et leurs œuvres constituent donc un champ d’études peu étudié, souvent oublié ou négligé dans les Amériques. Dans un premier temps, nous faisons état de la littérature amérindienne francophone du Québec et son évolution depuis son émergence aux années soixante-dix en présentant les auteurs-clés et leurs œuvres. Dans l’étape suivante, nous apporterons des précisions sur l’écriture autochtone contemporaine en analysant un choix de textes.

 

15 :15 : Pause de 10 minutes

15 :25 : Quatrième communication

 

Martin Lussier, Uqam

 L’appropriation régionale de la médiation culturelle: un portrait de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent

Au cours des dernières années, la médiation culturelle s’est imposée aux artistes et travailleurs culturels québécois comme un mode privilégié de « reconstruction du lien entre les citoyens et la culture » (Culture pour tous, 2015), tel qu’en témoignent les initiatives gouvernementales et les programmes dédiés qui se multiplient dans de nombreuses régions. Alors que la notion même de médiation culturelle demeure floue pour les chercheurs tout comme les acteurs de terrain (Montoya, 2008; Dufrêne & Gellereau, 2004), son appropriation par les artistes et travailleurs culturels se fait à tâtons et induit une grande diversité de façons de la mettre en oeuvre. S’attardant au cas de la Vallée-du-Haut–Saint–Laurent, cette recherche documente l’appropriation plurielle de la médiation culturelle par les acteurs locaux, telle qu’elle s’incarne dans les conceptions et les pratiques qui informent leur travail au quotidien.

 

16 :25 : Clôture de la rencontre annuelle