Claude Imbert – Romanticism Abroad and French Modernism



Event Date 8 – 9 May 2013

Room 22/26
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy


Romantic Transdisciplinarity: Art and the New Conference

2011–2013 (AHRC 914469)

This conference is dedicated to discussion of the transdisciplinary legacies of early German Romanticism in contemporary theory and practice in the arts and humanities, with particular reference to the construction of the concepts ‘art’ and ‘the new’. Themes to be discussed include: Romanticism and disciplinarity; aesthetics as a transdisciplinary field; transdisciplinary constructions of art, nature and the new; medium, media and transmedia as transdisciplinary concepts.

The conference is in collaboration with the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Professor Claude Imbert (Philosophy, ENS, Paris) – Romanticism Abroad and French Modernism

Baudelaire ‘s Artificial Paradises begin with a comment on Hoffmann’s Kreiserliana. The last chapter is a quasi-translation of De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater. French modernism will initially be characterized as a challenging dialogue with English Dandyism and German Romanticism. Baudelaire’s Salon reviews – much influenced by Delacroix’s Diary, as well as by his paintings – document the way new moods forced new ethical modalities and overcame the limits of Kant’s Critique and Aesthetics. This talk will track some consequences of this in three fields: painting from Delacroix to Manet – colorism as heterotopy; Baudelaire’s correspondences, overcoming the opposition of production and reception; and the philosophical achievement of a literature able to encapsulate bodily affects and a scale of moods and intensity. These consequences are underlined in Proust’s Time Recovered, as well as in Central Park, the final essay on Baudelaire by Walter Benjamin. The talk will conclude with a note on Foucault’s last remarks on Enlightenment and Baudelaire’s The Painter of Modern Life.

Claude Imbert is the former Director of the Philosophy Department at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, where she is currently Emerita. She is best known for her work on the history of logic, art history, and philosophical issues in anthropology, most recently, Levi-Strauss, le passage du Nord Ouest (2008). In 2012, a special issue of the journal Paragraph was dedicated to her contribution to French contemporary philosophy. Her book, Franz Boas: Manières de vivre, Manières de voir, is forthcoming.






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