Michèle Riot-Sarcey – From Structure to Rhizome: History

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MODERN EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

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.

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Michèle Riot-Sarcey, History

Michèle Riot-Sarcey is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Paris VIII, Saint-Denis. Her books include De la liberté des femmes. Lettres de dames au Globe (1831), (Côté femmes, 1992), La Démocratie à l’épreuve des femmes, trois figures critiques du pouvoir (1830-1848) (Albin Michel, 1994), Le réel de l’utopie: Essai sur le politique au XIXe siècle, (Albin Michel, 1998) and Histoire du féminisme (La Découverte, 2002). She is the co-editor of Féminismes au present (Harmattan, 1993), George Sand, littérature et politique (Pleins feux, 2007) and 1848 La révolution oubliée, (La Découverte, 2008).

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