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Powers of Imagination. Historical Approach. 2013–2014



Seminar EHESS/CNRS organised by Elizabeth Claire (chargée de recherche au CNRS), Béatrice Delaurenti (maître de conférences à l’EHESS), Roberto Poma (maître de conférences à l’Université Paris Est-Créteil), Koen Vermeir (chargé de recherche au CNRS).



The notion of imagination is today seen as a legitimate object of study, after having long been discredited in academic research. Nevertheless, in modern literature, the imagination is generally considered in a negative way, a mental faculty susceptible to provoke error, illusion or sin. We would like to contradict this conception by studying an alternative and repudiated intellectual and practical tradition. From the 12th century onwards till the early 19th century, thinkers and practitioners from a diverse set of disciplines, expressing themselves from different institutional positions, have supported the idea that the imagination has great power.

As for the previous year, around these texts, the seminar will function as a workshop and aims at generating a collective discussion by analyzing and confronting sources from different periods.

Current year. Archives :
2014–2015, 2012–2013, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018.

CALENDAR 2013-2014 : Fridays, 13:00 – 15:00 or 14:00 – 17:00.



22 Nov.
, 13:00 – 15:00, Room 5, EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 Paris

Roberta Agnese

« Robusti sensi e vigorosissime fantasie » : Vico et la vigueur corporelle de l’imagination.




24 Jan.
, 13:00 – 17:00, Room 1, EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 Paris

13:00 – 15:00
Koen Vermeir (CNRS)

L’imagination démoniaque.



15:00 – 17:00
Béatrice Delaurenti (EHESS)

Voir du rouge fait-il saigner ? Un débat médical sur le pouvoir de l’imagination (XIVe-XVe siècles).




14 March
, 13:00 – 17:00, Room 4, EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 Paris

13:00 – 15:00
Roberto Poma (UPEC) et Elizabeth Claire (CNRS)

L’imagination et le vertige.



15:00 – 17:00
Sophie Vasset (Univ. Paris Diderot)

Stérilités et imagination au XVIIIe siècle.




13 June
, 13:00 – 17:00, Room 1, EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 Paris

13:00 – 15:00
Denis Sepper (Univ. of Dallas)

The integrative machine of Descartes’s imagination.



15:00 – 17:00
Meryem Sebti (CNRS)

La fonction médiatrice de l’imagination dans l’anthropologie d’Avicenne.