International Colloquium “Imagination and Performativity” | Bruxelles, 7-8 March 2013

BRUXELLES, 7-8 MARCH 2013
International Colloquium “Imagination and Performativity/Imagination et performativité”

After having long been discredited by the Western philosophical tradition, the theme of imagination seems now to get or to get back an indisputable forcefulness. Many contemporary theories try to emphasize the power of the « faculty of possible » not only in the field of epistemology, or in the field of anthropology, but also in social and political theories, not to mention in philosophy of art. In this colloquium, we will be concerned by the precise point where the faculty of possible becomes power of reality, power of fulfilment and production of concrete forms.
Imagination joins here another complex notion, namely performativity which has been introduced by philosophy of language in the 20th century, but treated independently by many authors, and existing actually in numerous formulations since Antiquity. As being able to establish an autonomous reality through the simple act of language and to be impressive through speech, performativity must closely be linked to imagination, if this, however, can be considered as the power of creating forms (psychic, artistic, cultural, social, historical, etc.). Imagination is thus performative, but the results of this performance appear only in their translation through many symbolic languages. These two days of colloquium will welcome French and English speaking lecturers, without any exclusive philosophical persperpective.

Venue: Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis (Bruxelles)
Speakers: Alessandro Bertinetto, Georg Bertram, Michele Cometa, Augustin Dumont, Elio Franzini, Sergio Givone, Maud Halgelstein, Sophie Klimis, Sébastien Laoureux, Alberto Martinengo, Isabelle Ost, Federico Vercellone
Organizer: Centre Prospéro (Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis), in a partnership with CIM | Centro Interuniversitario di ricerca sulla Morfologia “Francesco Moiso”
Contacts: Alessandro Bertinetto & Augustin Dumont.

DETAILS AND A PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME OF THE COLLOQUIUM ARE AVAILABLE HERE.

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