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Research and Creation Meetings in Avignon, 9–11 July 2019 - Sixth edition of the Meetings, on the theme “Crossing Worlds” - “Cultural Intelligence” Forum

The French National Research Agency (ANR) and the Festival d’Avignon have joined forces to organise the sixth edition of the “Research and Creation Meetings”, plus a special Forum in partnership with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Both events will foster dialogue between researchers, artists and members of the public attending the Festival, and highlight the strong bond between scientific research, creation and society.

Sixth edition of the Research and Creation Meetings, on the theme “Crossing Worlds”

This year’s event, on the theme “Crossing Worlds”, will explore the stories behind civilisations and Odysseys – tales of adventure and exile that have shaped the narrative from Antiquity to the present day, in four acts:

  • Civilisations and the imaginary
  • After the war!
  • Stories: founding society
  • Desire for elsewhere: polyphony, hybridisation and utopias

The event will draw together authors, actors and directors appearing at the Festival d’Avignon, along with researchers from different disciplinary fields, who will explore the links between artistic thought and recent research.

The workshops will be an opportunity for anthropologists, historians, sociologists, philosophers, musicologists, drama and literature experts, psychologists, scientists and cognitive neuroscientists to talk with the artists and members of the public attending the Festival, to push the boundaries of knowledge, and to pave the way for new avenues of exploration.

“Cultural Intelligence” Forum: Perceive, Interpret, Understand, Invent

This Forum will give figures from the worlds of culture and research a chance to compare and contrast their contributions, reflections and experiences on the role of culture and creation in fundamental learning and human and social development.

The event, in the format of three moderated sessions, will see artists, representatives of scientific and cultural institutions, and foreign researchers discuss and debate with members of the public on three major themes:

  • Perception, emotion, language, cognition: fundamental learning through the prism of culture (moderated by Laurent Goumarre)
  • Representing and reinventing the world (moderated by Patrick Boucheron)
  • Towards thinking societies: the role of culture

Participants: Patrick Boucheron, Guillaume Boudy, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Jane Burbank, Thierry Damerval, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Alain Ehrenberg, Stéphane Fievet, Laurent Gaudé, Pascale Gisquet, Barbara Glowczewski, Antoine Petit, Olivier Py, Pascal Rambert, Paul Rondin, Jean-Marie Schaeffer, Louis Schweitzer, Jean-Noël Tronc, George Vigarello, Jean-Pierre Vincent, and more.

Further details of the event

  • Venue: Cloître Saint-Louis, Avignon
  • Programme:
  • “Researchers and artists: shared curiosity”: forthcoming article in the CNRS Journal, 13 May
  • Research and Creation Meetings: “Crossing Worlds” – Programme
  • “Cultural Intelligence” Forum – Programme
  • Le jeu et la règle, a book produced by the 2018 Research and Creation Meetings, CNRS Editions, publication date: July 2019.

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Event organised as part of the Festival d’Avignon Workshops of Thought, the 80th anniversary of the CNRS, and the 60th anniversary of the French Ministry of Culture.

Patrons: Carlos Moedas, member of the European Commission; French General Secretariat for Investment; French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation; French Ministry of Culture; French High Council for Artistic and Cultural Education.



Artcena (Centre national des Arts du cirque, de la rue et du théâtre), Avignon Université, La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art, Centro Ciência Viva – Université de Coimbra, le CNRS, Département de Romance Languages and Literatures de Harvard University, European Alliance for social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH), École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), European Cooperation in Sciences and Technology (COST), France Culture, Institut Français, Institut d’études avancées de Paris, Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Spectacle (ISTS), IRCAM, L’Histoire, Maison Française d’Oxford, ministère de la Culture, ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation, Le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de création, Philosophie Magazine, La Recherche, Sacem Université, Sciences et Avenir, La Société des Gens de Lettres, Université d’Oxford, Université libre de Bruxelles.



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