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Powers of Imagination. Historical Approach. 2016-2017

Seminar EHESS/CNRS organised by Koen Vermeir (CNRS) with Elizabeth Claire (CNRS), Béatrice Delaurenti (EHESS), Roberto Poma (University Paris Est-Créteil)

The notion of imagination is today considered as an object of study in its own right after having been discredited for a long time by scientific research. Nevertheless, in modern and contemporary literature, the imagination is generally presented in a negative way, as a mental faculty capable of provoking error, illusion or sin. We would like to go against this conception by studying an alternative and unknown intellectual and practical tradition: from the 12th to the 13th centuries until the beginning of the 19th century, thinkers and practitioners from various disciplines, speaking from varied institutional positions, supported the idea that the imagination possesses great powers.
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.

To current year & archives 2012-

PROGRAMME 2016-2017
On Fridays, at EHESS 105 bd Raspail, 75006 Paris, Room 5

27/01, 24/02, 24/03, 12/05

January 27
  • 13:00–15:00 Robert Iliffe (Univ. of Oxford)
    Changing conceptions of the scientific imagination, 1740-1790.
  • 15:00–17:00 Sorana Corneanu (Bucarest)
    Logic Re-Disciplined: Joseph Glanvill on the Imagination and the Acts of the Intellect.

February 24

  • 13:00–15:00 Guido Giglioni (Londres, Warburg Institute)
    Le pouvoir de l’imagination dans le Marteau contre les sorcières.
  • 15:00–17:00 Béatrice Delaurenti (EHESS)
    Le pouvoir de l’imagination à distance : réception et transformations
    de la doctrine d’Avicenne sur la fascination.

March 24

  • 13:00–15:00 Gaia Gubbini (Berlin, Freie Universität)
    L’imagination, les fées et le merveilleux dans les Lais bretons.
  • 15:00–17:00 Dominik Perler (Berlin, Humboldt-Universität)
    Was Adam Prone to Error? A Medieval Thought Experiment.

May 12

  • 13:00–15:00 Manuel Quinon (University Paris Diderot)
    Université ésotérique et ésotérisme universitaire : la conception de l’imagination
    chez Henry Corbin (1907-1978) et Gilbert Durand (1921-2012).
  • 15:00–17:00 Roberto Poma (UPEC) & Christian Delorenzo (UPEC)
    L’homme enceint.

elizabeth.claire (at) ; poma (at) ; koen.vermeir (at)