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Powers of Imagination. Historical Approach. 2018–2019

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

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

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.
As in the previous years, the seminar will work around these texts in the manner of a workshop, and will endeavor to implement a collective work of discussion, analysis and comparison of sources over the long term.
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SCHEDULE 2018-2019
On Fridays, 9am–5pm, at EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, Paris 75006

5/04, Room 4,

  • 9:00–10:30 : Sofia Zuccoli (UPEC)
    L’imagination comme maladie. Les pouvoirs maternels et la filiation à l’époque moderne
  • 10:45–12:15 : Lindsey Drury (Berlin)
    A Cosmic Dance of St Vitus: The danced Paracelsian disease of imagination and the astral Olympi Novi
  • 13:30–15:00 : Michelle Karnes (University of Notre Dame)
    Imagination, Marvels, and Creativity in the Middle Ages
  • 15:15–16:45 : Concetta Pennuto (CESR, Tours)
    L’imagination des femmes : pouvoirs et représentations

10/05, Room 7

  • Olga Lizzini (VU University, Amsterdam / Université de Genève)
    Parce que leur intelligence est quelquefois obscurcie par la passion, les maladies ou le sommeil … (Aristote, De anima, III, 3, 429 a) : autour de l’imagination et de la vérité chez Avicenne (et Aristote) .

7/06, Room 4

  • 9:00–10:30 : Francesco Paolo De Ceglia (Université de Bari)
    Naturel, préternaturel et surnaturel à l’époque moderne
  • 10:45–12:15 : Didier Kahn (Paris, CNRS)
    Imagination, alchimie et paracelsisme
  • 13:30–15:00 : Roberto Poma (UPEC)
    Les merveilleux effets de l’extase. Pouvoirs du corps, de l’esprit ou de l’imaginatio ? (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle)
  • 15:15–16:45 : Julien Vella (ENS Lyon & SPHERE)
    Par suggestion. Remarques généalogiques sur une technique d’influence (XVIIIe-XXe siècle)