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Powers of Imagination. Historical Approach. 2014–2015



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, SPHERE).
The concept of imagination is today seen as as a legitimate object of study, having long been discredited by scientific research. However, in modern and contemporary literature, imagination is generally considered in a negative way, as a mental faculty that can cause disease, error, illusion or sin. By cons, its role was very important, because the imagination formed the necessary link between body and soul.
So that was the preferred place to act to perform bodily healing as well as spiritual. We would go against this idea of ​​imagination by studying intellectual tradition and alternative and misunderstood practice. Since the XIIth and XIIIth centuries until the early XIXth century, thinkers and practitioners from a diverse set of disciplines, expressing themselves from different institutional positions, supported the idea that imagination has great powers on the body and on the body and mind of others.
Like last year, the seminar will work around texts in the manner of a workshop, and be joined to implement a collective work of discussion, analysis and comparison of sources over the long term.



CALENDAR 2014-2015 : Fridays, 13:00 – 17:00, EHESS, 105, bd raspail, Paris 6th.



Jan. 23
, Room 10
13:00–15:00

  • Philippe Hamou (Nanterre/CNRS/MPIWG Berlin)
    ’Le cheval échappé’. Montaigne et les enfantements fantasques de l’esprit.

15:00 – 17:00

  • Roberto Poma (UPEC)
    Imagination et douleur, de Marsile Ficin à Thomas Willis.


Feb. 13 , Room 9
13:00 – 15:00

  • Koen Vermeir (CNRS)
    La force de l’imagination chez Francis Bacon.

15:00 – 17:00

  • Saverio Ansaldi (Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne)
    Giordano Bruno et l’imagination.


March 13 , Room 9
13:00 – 15:00

  • Guido Giglioni (Londres, Warburg Institute)
    Imagination and the experience of dreaming in the 16th century.

15:00 – 17:00

  • Pascal Sévérac (UPEC)
    Vices et vertus de l’imagination selon Spinoza.


April 10 , Room 9
13:00 – 15:00

  • Ana Debenedetti (Londres, The Victoria and Albert Museum),
    Imagination et participation: art et philosophie à Florence.

15:00 – 17:00

  • Jean-Marc Mandosio (EPHE)
    L’imagination et les pouvoirs des esprits selon Pierre de Zélande (fin du XVe siècle).



Contact :
elizabeth.claire (at) ehess.fr ; beatrice.delaurenti (at) ehess.fr ; poma (at) u-pec.fr ; koen.vermeir (at) univ-paris-diderot.fr