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Yesterday, Walls and Bridges season 3 opened with François Chaignaud, Jon-Jon Goulian, Silke Grabinger, Salette Gressett and Gia Kourlas at the Austrian Cultural Forum for a panel on the social construction of human beauty.

You may read François‘, Silke’s and Salette‘s contributions to the topic.

(François’ text in the original French is also available here.)

Photo credits : Dorothy Hong-Koboy

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An overview of the second season of Walls and Bridges. Photos by David Ingaszewsky and Keke Keukelaar

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« Jean-Paul Sartre, in one of his finest pieces of prose, “Venice from My Window” (1953), describes an experience of happiness and disorientation—or, if I may put it this way, a crisis of style. At the beginning of the text, we see him sitting by the window of his Venetian hotel. Observing the lagoon, he describes the particular configuration of space that he sees before him. The usual coordinates of his sensory existence are missing. He meditates upon his discomfort in the face of this evanescent, changing, feminine spectacle, and offers us a sort of balcony on his perceptual experience.  » Marielle Macé

Marielle Macé, Simon Critchley, Wyatt Mason and Pierre Pachet were invited at the Austrian Cultural Forum to discuss the role of the humanities in building one’s freedom. Find below their essay:

A Literary Style: Looking Out on Life from a Balcony by Marielle Macé, translated by Arthur Goldhammer (Un style littéraire, un balcon sur la vie)

Wyatt Mason’s work is available here. Find also Pierre Pachet’s essay in a previous post.

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At the Fiaf on the 21st of April, novelists Yannick Haenel, Laurent Nunez, Victoria Patterson and a copyright specialist, Siva Vaidhyanathan, discussed borrowings, quotes, and embezzlements. Find below their essays.

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Writing within Writing by Yannick Haenel, translated by Naomi Norberg (La version originale est disponible ici)

Self as Other by Laurent Nunez, translated by Naomi Norberg (Soi-même comme un autre)

The Continuous Dialogue Between Writers by Victoria Patterson (La traduction par Hannah Pascal est disponible ici)

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Walls and Bridges and Cabinet‘s second « Fair for Knowledge » took place at Jo’s and invited six thinkers to talk about clouds. Diners were welcome to order some food for thoughts to be served along with their meal. UnionDocs team was there too, and covered the event for those who were unfortunate enough to miss it! Listen to Sina Najafi, Pierre Pachet, Luc Steels, Carole Talon-Hugon, Deborah Coen, Lytle Shaw and Ginger Strand.

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« We commonly see exile as having a spiritual, intellectual or artistic dimension. Out of this experience of deracination, illustrious figures have emerged, have even come into their own through a veritable tradition of exile literature. (…) Today the historical situation is radically different. The people whom we used to call exiles no longer arrive anywhere where they can start to plant the seeds of the story, the poem or party of their exile. The figure of the exile no longer has any ground upon which to grow simply because there is no longer any place that is recognized as the exile’s place, unless it is a camp, a place of exclusion, of obstructed movement. We have gone from the spiritual grandeur of the exile to the institutional deprivation of the refugee or the ‘undocumented foreigner.’  » Michel Agier

Photo credit: David Ignaszewski

At The Cooper Union, panelists from various backgrounds exchanged their visions on hospitality, refuge, and asylum. The discussion was a great opportunity to hear diverse points of view, whether deriving from the panelists’ work experience or academic analysis. Find below their essays or watch the full video on Dailymotion.

How can we talk about exile, refuges and hospitality in a world with no outside? by Michel Agier (La version originale est disponible ici)

Asylum, Hospitality and the Urban Fringe: Thoughts on the Situation of “Migrant Roma” in French Cities by Olivier Legros (Asile, hospitalité et marges urbaines : réflexions sur la situation des « Roms migrants » dans les villes françaises)

Asylum in the Administrative State, by Philip G. Schrag (La traduction de Pascale Torracinta est disponible ici)

Download here the essay by Ashley Caudill-Mirillo, Supervisory Asylum Officer.

For a broader view on asylum, migrations and exodus, do not miss the two panels dedicated to the topic, as part of the International Forum of the Novel. The panel « Migration » will address the different ways to write about a country that one has fled or left. The round-table « Leaving » will focus on the links between escape and literature.

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« The colors we see, the words we read, the music we play and listen to – in short, our entire sensory experience is part of the brain’s attempt to create a stable environment that we can understand. Our individuality, our subjectivity is a direct consequence of this sensory world the brain creates. » Israel Rosenfield

Photo credit : Keke Keukelaar

Israel Rosenfield and a small group of neuroscientists discussed the role of the brain in determining our relation to the world. The debate, held at the Institute for Public Knowledge on April 12th gathered hundreds of people who were curious to learn more about the possibilities that the brain offers.

If you missed the event, find below the panelits’ essays :

What does the brain do? By Israel Rosenfield (le texte traduit est disponible ici)

Pleasure and Pain and the Physical Brain, by Edward Ziff ( Le plaisir, la douleur, le cerveau physique )

How the brain may work, by Roberto Llinas.

Find also Sue Barry’s essay and other approaches to the topic in previous posts.

Revivez l’expérience des neurosciences grâce à Claire Richard.

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