Elsa Dorlin Seminar

la violence #3

© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo

24 & 25.11.23

CN D Pantin
Elsa Dorlin, Paul Guillibert, Camille Louis, Maboula Soumahoro

Elsa Dorlin, Alice Diop, Joao Gabriel, Maryam Ghiasi, Soumaya Mestiri, Alizera Miromohammadi

Travailler la violence #3 continues the work begun in 2021 and 2022 at the CN D, in conjunction with the Festival d'Automne, bringing together research on the subject of violence and the issue of its objectification. By analyzing, chronicling, processing and criticizing violence, we are reasoning by dissonance. We thwart, undo, and deconstruct it. In return, we manufacture perceptions, consciousness, concepts and visions, from down below, at ground level, of inner worlds, in the form of historical positivities, and carnal densities. We open, relay and revive conflict. During these two days of encounters, we will be grasping the know-how inherent in these different forms of contemporary criticism, and mapping it out. We will look into the art of the everyday, flesh and fiction, concept, languages and life, as well as the art of storytelling, archives and choirs. From out of it, we will be seeking to build up an inventory of the various weapons we have collected and the forces behind them. In philosophy, history, history of art and in contemporary creation, literature and sociology, what can we learn from critiques of violence?

Elsa Dorlin

Elsa Dorlin is a professor of contemporary political philosophy at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, and she has been working for over twenty years on writing another history of bodies through a genealogy of modern power dynamics. She was awarded the bronze medal from the CNRS in 2009 for her research on feminist philosophy and epistemology. She was a visiting professor in Berkeley University in 2010-2011, a Fellow in the Columbia Institute for Ideas & Imagination in 2018-2019, and a resident in the Camargo Foundation (2020-2021). She is the author of La Matrice de la race. Généalogie sexuelle et coloniale de la Nation française, Paris, La Découverte, 2006/2009, and Sexe, genre et sexualités. Introduction à la philosophie féministe, Paris, Puf, 2008/2021. She published Se Défendre. Une philosophie de la violence in 2017 (originally published by Zones editions and translated in several languages), which was awarded the Frantz Fanon Prize from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. She recently directed Feu ! Abécédaire des féminismes présents, Paris, Libertalia, 2021. Continuing her reflection on the complexity of processes like domination, sexism, racism and capitalism, she focuses on physical resistance – the ways in which bodies resist in their flesh, in their bones and in their senses.