World Philosophy Day 2022 — UNESCO

The Human to Come

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From 16 to 18 november 2022
UNESCO Paris - 7 place de Fontenoy - Paris

To celebrate World Philosophy Day 2022, UNESCO and Le Fresnoy - National Studio of Contemporary Arts organize a symposium and exhibition on the theme "The Human of the Future" at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Room II, from 16 to 18 November 2022.

What do we call human today?

The “human” has always been defined in terms of its own evolution and historical development. But has our contemporaneity subjected it to an upheaval such that it, the “human”, overflows and exceeds its own historical becoming? In other words, are we today facing a metamorphosis, a “turning point” at which the “human” is radi-cally transformed and carried towards something other than itself – something other than the defi-nition, the determination, the identity deployed in and by its own history? Are we witnessing a transfiguration such that the traditional distinc-tion between the being and the becoming of humanity is boldly surpassed? Does the figure of “the human to come” exceed – and in what sense? – the essentialist and humanist determination of the human? And furthermore, how, today, can we confront this unprecedented figure of the human to come? Moreover, will we not be dealing with a multiplicity of figures of the coming human?

This is both a political and philosophical demand, and some would add an ethical duty: to think in the direction of these new manifestations of the human and thus of the humanities. From what place and from what law can we embody this philosophical and political demand? And how will this profound alteration of the human modify our thinking, and what will be the political consequences of this mutation in the history of humanity?
These philosophical, political and ethical ques-tions are also central to the work of artists, filmmakers and architects. Their different approaches, their singular way of thinking in images, and in particular of reflecting on the places and spaces of experience, will create a certain interval at the heart of our common research and will open up a different view of our contemporaneity and the alterations that are taking place in it.

The “L'humain qui vient” research group, founded at Le Fresnoy — Studio national des arts contem-porains in 2019 and directed by Alain Fleischer (Le Fresnoy), Olivier Perriquet (Le Fresnoy) and Raphael Zagury-Orly (Institut catholique de Paris, Collège International de Philosophie, Paris), is a partnership with the CRAL at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Reims the Fondation pour l’Innovation Politique (Fondapol), the LASCO IdeaLab of the Institut Mines-Télécom, Penn State University (USA), and the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin (Ireland). For more than three years it has been conducting seminars and conferences, workshops and interdisciplinary academic meet-ings on the fundamental question of the future of humanity in the light of contemporary tech-nological and scientific advances

We think it is vital, on such an important issue, to bring together a variety of fields of knowledge, in order to provide a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural perspective, a dimension that UNESCO can ideally foster.

Mandatory reservation : HERE

For the duration of the conference, an exhibition will be presented in the Mirő room, bringing together the photographic works of Hugo Deverchère, Stéphanie Roland and SMITH, as well as films by Moufouli Bello, Emanuele Coccia, Fernando Colin Roque, Bianca Dacosta, Nicolas Gourault, Louis Henderson, OV, Momoko Seto, Hadrien Tequi, Yuyan Wang, Agata Wieczorek, produced by Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains.

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Wednesday 16 November

Audrey Azoulay, Director General, UNESCO
Charlotte Casiraghi, President, Les Rencontres philosophiques de Monaco
Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director General for the Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
Alain Fleischer, Director, Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, Founding member of the research group "The Human to Come"
Raphael Zagury-Orly, Founding member of the research group "The Human to Come"
Olivier Perriquet, Artist and scientist, Founding member of the research group "The Human to Come"

Moderator: Pauline Palma – France - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector
Gabriela Ramos - Mexico - Assistant Director General for the Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
Joffrey Becker - France - PhD in social anthropology and ethnology from EHESS, researcheraffiliated to the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale
Pierre Cassou-Noguès - France - Philosopher and writer, professor at the University of Paris-VIII, co-editor of the journal SubStance
Olivier Perriquet - France - Artist and scientist, Founding member of the research group "The Human to Come"

13h – 14h30 : lunch break

Moderator: Martial Zebelinga - Cameroun - General History of Africa network, UNESCO
Paulin Ismard - France - Professor of history, University of Aix Marseille, specializing in Antiquity
Sarah Mazouz - Tunisia/France - Sociologist, Centre national de recherche scientifique CNRS
Hourya Bentouhami - France - Philosopher, specialist in political philosophy and lecturer at the University of Toulouse-Jean-Jaurès
Achille Mbembé - Cameroun - Historian, political scientist, and university professor

30 min break

Moderator: Camille Guinet – France - Sector of Human and Social Sciences, UNESCO
Alain Damasio - France - Writer and typographer of science fiction and fantasy, grand prix de l'Imaginaire 2006 and 2020
Alexandre Gefen - France - Director of research at CNRS, literary critic
Maylis de Kerangal - France - Writer, winner of the 2010 Médicis Prize for her novel Naissance d'un pont

20h - Screening evening (cinema room)
De Humani Corporis Fabrica, by Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2022
In the presence of Verena Paravel

Thursday 17 November

Moderator: Juan Carmach - Chile - Sector of Human and Social Sciences, UNESCO
Tim Ingold - UK - Anthropologist, University of Aberdeen
Malini Sur – India - Environmental and socio-cultural anthropologist, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Western Sydney University
Ivan Alechine - Belgium - Poet and novelist

30 min break

Moderator Anna Longo – France - Collège International de philosophie
Yuk Hui - China - Philosopher and professor, computer engineer at the University of Hong Kong and philosopher at Goldsmiths College, London, member of the jury of the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture, initiator of the Philosophy and Technology Research Network. Article to be published in the November issue of the UNESCO Courier
Nicolas Nova - Switzerland - Socio-anthropologist, researcher, professor and Franco-Swiss curator. He is an associate professor at the Haute École d'art et de design in Geneva
Maël Montevil - France - CNRS researcher in biology / synthetic biology

13h – 14h30 : lunch break

VI. GENDER TO COME – 14h30-16h30
Moderator Garance Sarlat - France - Sector of Human and Social Sciences, UNESCO
Maria Lucia Rivera Sanin - Colombia - D. in philosophy, research professor at the Department of Bioethics of the University of Bosque, Colombia, member of the Latin American network of women philosophers (REDDEM)
Laurie Laufer - France - Professor at the Université de Paris Cité and Director of the Centre de recherche en psychanalyse, médecine et société (CRPMS)
SMITH – France - Photographer, filmmaker and visual artist, Le Fresnoy – Studio national graduate
Taous Dahmani – Algeria/France - Art historian, writer and curator, specializing in photography

30 min break

Moderator: Stéphane Habib – France - Psychoanalyst and philosopher
Stéphane Habib - France - Psychoanalyst and philosopher, member of the Institute of Psychoanalysis of the Sainte-Anne Hospital, Paris
Sophie Mendelsohn - France - Psychoanalyst
Silvia Lippi - Italy - Psychoanalyst Doctor in psychopathology and psychoanalysis, clinical psychologist (EPS Barthélémy Durand)
Patricia Janody - France - Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and writer

20h - Philosophical dance performance (Room I) (1h30)
Created by a young company of artists, "Le Bal des Philosophes" is a poetic dance show combining sound, video and light. Inspired by 7 philosophers, he immerses us in the movements of thought of Heraclitus, Plato, Descartes, Hegel, Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty and Simondon, in the form of 7 paintings in movement carried by the breath, the body, the voice. and the laughter of the dancers...

Friday 18 November

Moderator: Stephanie Roland – France - Artist, Le Fresnoy - Studio national graduate
Nicolas de Warren - France - Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Penn State University
Lucie Taïeb - France – Writer, poet, translator, professor of compared literature at the University of Brest
Thom van Dooren - Australia - Writer and environmental philosopher, professor at the University of Sydney and the University of Oslo (zoom intervention)
Benoît Pelopidas - France - Founder of the Nuclear Knowledges Program, Research Affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University

30 min break

Moderator: Olivier Perriquet – France - Artist and scientist, Founding member of the research group "The Human to Come", Le Fresnoy - Studio national
Sylvia Ekström - Switzerland - Astrophysicist, scientific collaborator at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Geneva
Hugo Deverchère - France – Artist, graduate of the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs de Paris and Le Fresnoy – Studio national
Claudine Cohen - France – Philosopher, palaeontologist  and historian of science, director of studies at EHESS

13h – 14h30 : lunch break

X. THE FUTURE AND THE HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE HUMAN BEING - Eschatologies, teleologies, finalities of history – 14h30- 16h30
Moderator: Camille de Toledo – France - Essayist and writer
Georges Didi-Huberman - France - Philosopher and art historian
Mathieu Potte-Bonneville - France - Philosopher, professor at the École normale supérieure de Lyon, currently director of the department of culture and creation at the Centre Pompidou
Raphael Zagury-Orly - Israël - Philosopher, visiting professor of philosophy at the Institut catholique de Paris, founding member of the research group "The Human to Come", founding member of Les Rencontres philosophiques de Monaco
Divya Dwivedi - India - Philosopher and writer, professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, member of the International Network of Women Philosopher

30 min break

Moderator: Mathieu Potte-Bonneville – France - Philosopher, professor at École normale supérieure in Lyon, director of the Department of Culture and Creation at the Center Pompidou
Anne Simon - France - Researcher in literary studies, director of research at the CNRS
Jacques Tassin - France - Agronomist, doctor in ecology and researcher at the Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development
Camille de Toledo - France - Essayist and writer. He is also a visual artist, video maker and lecturer at ENSAV (La Cambre) in Brussels
Joëlle Zask - France - Philosopher, lecturer at the University of Aix-Marseille

Mariagrazia Squicciarini, Head of the Executive Office of the Humanities and Social Sciences Sector, UNESCO
Alain Fleischer, Director, Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains

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