François Cusset – From Structure to Rhizome: Theory


Event Date: 16-17 April 2010

Ciné Lumière, The French Institute
17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT


From Structure to Rhizome
Transdisciplinarity in French thought, 1945 to the present: histories, concepts, constructions

In the final decades of the twentieth century, the ‘great books’ of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These books were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character. Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aims to redress this situation. Each speaker will reflect on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought.


François Cusset – Theory

François Cusset teaches contemporary French thought at the Institut d’ Etudes Politiques, Paris, He is the author of Queer critics: La littérature française déshabillée par ses homo-lecteurs (PUF, 2002), French Theory: Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze & Cie et les mutations de la vie intellectuelle aux États-Unis (La Découverte, 2003; trans. University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and La décennie: Le grand cauchemar des années 1980 (La Découverte, 2006).


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