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:
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.
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:
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.
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.