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From Structure to Rhizome

Date:16 April 2010 to
17 April 2010
Location:Ciné Lumière, The French Institute 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT
Fee:£45 / £20 students

From Structure to Rhizome

Transdisciplinarity in French thought, 1945 to the present: histories, concepts, constructions

Supported by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy

In the final decades of the twentieth century, the ‘great books’ of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These books were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character. Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aimed to redress this situation. Each speaker reflected on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought.

Audio recordings

Programme: Friday 16 April

  • 9.30: Registration
  • 10.15: Peter Osborne, Introduction:Transdisciplinarity
  • 10.30: Etienne Balibar, Structure
  • 11.45: Stella Sandford, Sex
  • 13:00: Lunch break
  • 14.15: Guillaume Colett, Object a
  • 15.30: Tea/Coffee­­
  • 16.00: Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, Science
  • 17.30: Drinks Reception and launch of CRMEP website on the Cahiers pour l'Analyse

Programme: Saturday 17 April

  • 9.15: Registration
  • 9:45: Alain de Libera, Subject
  • 11.10: François Cusset, Theory
  • 12.30: Lunchbreak
  • 13.30: Michèle Riot-Sarcey, History
  • 14.45: Andrew Barry, Network
  • 16.00: Tea/Coffee
  • 16.15: Éric Alliez, Rhizome
  • 17.30: Close

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