Jacques Rancière: The Politics of Fiction / CANCELLED
Date: 15.11.2017 19:00 - 15.11.2017 00:00
Place: Trade Fair Palace
Délka programu: 60 min.
Action type: Přednášky a diskuze

Jacques Rancière (b. 1940) is a French philosopher and professor emeritus at the University Paris VIII in Saint-Denis. He deals with the relationship between politics and philosophy, Marx’s concept of the proletariat, the concept of equality and matters of pedagogy and aesthetics. He was a student of Louis Althusser at the École Normale Supérieure, and worked with him on the well-known anthology Reading Capital (1968). His book Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy (1995, 2011) was also published in Czech. His major works include Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art (2013) and The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation (1987).

The Politics of Fiction

The democratic revolution in fiction is not a great invasion of the masses onto the scene of history. On the contrary, this revolution comes at a moment when the order that helps arrange events is the same order that makes something happen to those to whom nothing is meant to happen. This is the paradox in which the political aspect of literature lies. We would often be happy if politics made fighters take things by storm and accompanied only the victorious movement of a historical process. But maybe their history is far from History with the capital H; maybe these politics really upset a time in which we envision such storm-taking and victory. It may be why Walter Benjamin emphasized this “upsetting”, when he deemed it important to separate “the tradition of the oppressed” from the time of the victors with which Marxist science had originally connected him, and to say that dialectics is not only the forward motion of time, but also its halting or staggering. Before Benjamin, many literary works had pointed to this phenomenon creating the fiction patterns of something of an upheaval of the temporal order. These fiction patterns are opposites of historical victories; rather, they stand at the edge of time where the dividing line between passive and active individuals is obliterated.

Admission free of charge. The lecture will be interpreted into Czech.

The lecture takes place within the framework of the conference

1968–1989: PARIS – PRAGUE
The philosophical legacy of the historical events of 1968 and 1989

November 14, 2017, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The French Institute in Prague

Štěpánská 644/35, Prague

The international conference 1968–1989: Paris – Prague examines the influence of the historical events in 1968 and 1989 on philosophical thinking. Speakers include the philosopher Jacques Rancière, who was a figure in the May 1968 events in France, experts on 20th-century French philosophy (Patrice Maniglier, Vincent Jacques), philosophers specializing in the tradition of central European Marxist thought in the 1960s (Katarzyna Bielinska, Ivan Landa) and the Canadian historian James Krapfl, whose book about the Velvet Revolution in 1989 (Revolution with a Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989–1992) was recently translated into Czech.

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