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Violence And Theory

Violence And Theory 

Six French thinkers and colonialism.
What is the relevance of a biography for understanding the views and theories brought forward by philosophers and scientists? How important are character traits, youth experiences, personal encounters, love affairs for the course theoretical reflections take? It will of course depend on the kind of intellectual activity one practices. For an artist this will in all probability differ from a natural scientist or a philosopher. And, evidently, it will depend on the more or less radical experiences one has gained during life.
In this series of lectures the central question is how the personal confrontation with colonialism has effected the work of a number of leading French intellectuals. A remarkable number of well known French philosophers, writers and scientists happened to be grown up under colonial circumstances – this was the case for Fanon, Derrida, Camus, Badiou, Bourdieu – or were – like Virilio – confronted with it as a soldier in the French colonial army during the Algerian war of Independence. Did the confrontation with colonial relationships or war circumstances leave traces in their theoretical reflections or did it influence their work to an extend that it can not be understood without taking into account these experiences? This lecture series offers the possibility to take cognizance of the theories and ideas of a number of important French thinkers; the shared perspective in all the lectures is the impact of personal experiences with colonialism on their theories.

Moderated by Martine Neddam, visual artist. Her work concentrates on certain aspects of language in visual arts and modes of adress in the public sphere. She made large scale public commissions using texts and digital photography. Her recent works include several virtual characters on internet where she explores the notions of identity through the use of interactive texts. She teaches at the Rietveld Academie. In 2005/2006 she was professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada, Deparment des Arts Visuels et Mediatiques.

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