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July 2019

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Calamantran © Dominique Laugé

July 2019

On July
at the Fondation des Treilles

Seminars

2019 FSER Winners Meeting and FSER Board of Directors, organized by Patrick Mehlen and Héloïse Dufour

Seminar “Around the Rothko Chapel”, organized by Annie Cohen-Solal and Noit Banai.

The Rothko Chapel, inaugurated in 1971, is a space of a new kind, which was inspired by three individuals with strong spiritual impregnation, all immigrants to the United States at a particularly critical historical period. Dominique and Jean de Ménil – philanthropes, collectors, curators, engaged intellectuals – and Mark Rothko artist, educator, engaged intellectual, with a talmudic education. The seminar Around the Rothko Chapel would allow to analyze in depth the genesis of this experiment, as well as its achievements and role of model for similar companies.

Ernst Haeckel (1834 – 1919) and the French, organized by Laura Bossi. On the occasion of the centenary of the death of the great German Darwinist scholar Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), this colloquium aims to deepen his relations with France. Haeckel was as famous in his day as Darwin. His books for a non-specialist audience were the first source of Darwinism in the world. Haeckel was also the inventor of the term “ecology” and his monistic philosophy was considered the theoretical foundation of modern ecologism. His theory that embryogenesis recapitulates phylogeny has had a lasting influence on psychology, criminology, and psychoanalysis. In France, the importance of Haeckel remains underestimated; although in his lifetime he had a triumphal welcome, the break of scientific relations between France and Germany during the First World War has undoubtedly left deep traces. This symposium will explore the French reception of this great figure of the intellectual debate around 1900.

André Gide Jean Schlumberger Centre

Arnauld Pierre is coming to write a book to be published under the title “Magic Moiré. Art and Science of the ever-changing Effect, 1955-1975. Iridescent motifs are one of the great visual successes of 1960s art, especially in optical and kinetic art (op art). The projected book is articulated around the now-forgotten figure of the artist and scientist Gerald Oster whose essay “Iridescent Patterns”, published in 1963 in Scientific American, revealed to a wide audience the mysteries of art and the science of iridescence.

Nikol Dziub, laureate of the Catherine Gide Foundation Prize, returns to continue her research on “André Gide and The NRF against the USSR”.

Author’s residency prize

Co-winner in 2018, Spyridon Tegos will continue the two-month residency that was awarded for his project to write an essay on the theme “Courtesy without a court? The French sources of Adam Smith and the genealogy of middle-class manners”.