Symposium "Jean-Marie Apostolidès : living, writing, thinking about moral revolutions, from yesterday to tomorrow"

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Colloque Révolutions morales

International symposium

23 25 May 2022
MISHA - University of Strasbourg

International symposium organized by Anthony Mangeon (UR 1337), Ninon Chavoz (Configurations littéraires, UR 1337) and Aggée Célestin Lomo Myazhiom (DynamE, UMR 7367).

The entry point to approach his work in the framework of Lethica is the theme of 'moral revolutions', since M. Apostolidès has been interested in the major mutations of Western sensibility, explored over several generations (see in particular Heroism and victimisation, 2003).

This symposium will be an opportunity to explore in depth the critical work, but also the dramaturgical and narrative work of Jean-Marie Apostolidès, author of several published plays (La Nauf des fous,  1982 ; Sade in the Abyss, 2003 ; Il faut construire l’hacienda, 2006 ; Trois solitudes : Sade, Marie Lafarge, Josepha Menendez, 2011), an important autobiographical narrative (L'Audience, 2001, entirely recast and expanded in 2008), a series of interviews and a film made with Bertrand Renaudineau and Michel Mazeron (Buvons, buvons et moquons-nous du reste, 2011) as well as graphic novels (Konoshiko, 2012; Les Robots aussi croient à l'amour fou, 2017) written from a selection of drawings by Luc Giard.

By focusing on two main "revolutions of sensibility" which, at the end of the 16th century and the end of the 20th century, led to "a mutation of values, behaviour and morals", Jean-Marie Apostolidès sets out, from the beginning of his essay Heroism and Victimisation, a history of sensibility, a diagnosis, a notion and a research programme. The observation of a sudden and rapid mutation of contemporary sensibility, increasingly inclined to privilege a victim logic in human relations, engages a historical and anthropological reflection on the dialectic between the 'culture of heroism' (inherited from the Roman and barbaric sources of Western civilisation) and the 'culture of victimisation' (inherited from its Judeo-Christian roots) that has long governed our social structures. It is therefore necessary to understand, on the one hand, the mutation of sensibility that accompanied the advent of the modern era in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and on the other hand, the mutation that followed the 1968 baby-boomer revolt against patriarchy, which gave rise to a new, fraternal and multicultural conception of our postmodern and postcolonial societies.

Confirmed speakers :

Jean-Marie Apostolidès (Stanford University)

Benito Barja (Sorbonne Université)

Sandrine Berrégard (Université de Strasbourg)

Jérôme Cabot (INU Champollion, Albi)

Audrey Calefas-Strébelle (Stanford University)

Joëlle Chambon (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier)

Ninon Chavoz (Université de Strasbourg)

Jean-Pierre Dupuy (Stanford University) 

Cosana Eram (University of the Pacific)

Corinne Grenouillet (Université de Strasbourg)

Caroline Julliot (Université du Mans)

Jean Lagoutte (Maître de Conférences honoraire à l'I.U.T. de Tours)

Aggée Lomo (Université de Strasbourg)

Anthony Mangeon (Université de Strasbourg)

Bertrand Marquer (Université de Strasbourg)

Rocío Munguia (Université de Strasbourg) 

Lionel Navarro (Coorganisateur du festival « Texte en cours », Montpellier)

Benoît Peeters (Écrivain et scénariste)

Hervé Picherit (University of Texas) (à confirmer)

Bertrand Renaudineau (Réalisateur)

Bianca Romaniuc-Boularand (University of Rhodes Island)

Franck Salaün (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier)

Sylvano Santini (Université du Québec à Montréal) 

Anthony Saudrais (Université de Rouen) 

Thomas Sertillanges (Président du festival Edmond Rostand)

Chloé Summers Edmondson (Stanford University)

Rob Swigart (San José State University)

Jennifer Tamas (Rutgers University)

This symposium is part of the catalog of doctoral training (transversal) - validation : 17 hours of training over the 3 days → application via AMETHIS until May 18 :

Contact : Anthony MANGEON  amangeon[at]