Beyond the archive


Beyond the archive
June 19, 2021
13:00-23:00 | Auditorium
Artistic, political and social cooperative La Générale
39, Rue Gassendi – 75014 Paris

Hybrid event
Open to all in videoconference | On reservation onsite


Following a year of seminar around “Dreams (the archive between poetics, politics and the violence of history)”, we are organizing a one day forum this saturday, June 19, 2021 in order to come back to the main questions that brought us together and reopen them. This day will be an opportunity for the researchers invited to intervene, to emit and discuss proposals for approaches and research problems in the form of open projects, from inter- and transdisciplinary and political studies points of view. An evening of readings will conclude the day.

The increased concern for the archive, if it refers to a present that escapes, where recourse to the past, and the search for sources, could open up new continuities, bringing with it its share of repetitions, at the same time opens up absentee dimensions of history. With them, other temporalities, other genealogies and other modalities of the history settle, such as those in an exemplary way of the oral archive, and of the militant inquiry, where writing has become co-writing, and where the voices are multiple. The archive is then no longer just a repository but the support for a reflexive analysis within the very contexts from which it comes.
On the other hand, this search for other potentials of the archive as a living and spoken archive in different languages ​​leads to the exploration of new issues such as that of the epistemology of the point of view, of subjectivity, and translation, and a notion of politics at the scale of the paths of life.
The enunciation resulting from poetic praxis, which is at the same time political, then opens privileged access to the archive, and to the awakening of the past, and its unexplored tracks, where the surface of inscription of the history and memory has extended to our very subjectivities like Freud’s writing block which had fascinated Derrida, and where the process of the archive and that of the dream resemble each other: an incessant recall to become.


13:00 — Opening

  • Paola Bacchetta (University of Berkeley): “Re-presences. Three moments of reflection”

14:00 — Fieldworks (1st part)

  • Oreste Scalzone: “History returns. An italian chronicle”
  • Nicola Valentino (Sensibili Alle Foglie): “The dreams of the prisoners of Palmi and the birth of the archive of writings, manuscripts and irritated art of the Sensibili alle foglie cooperative” – In italian and french. Translation: Cosimo Lisi (AIAC-Paris 8)
  • Fatma Çıngı Kocadost (CMH-EHESS): “Women’s dreams in Kurdistan”

17:30 — Fieldworks (2nd part)

  • Barbara Glowczewski (LAS-EHESS): “Places as archives of dreams according to australian aborigines”
  • Marina Nebbiolo (Medfil Institute of Humanities): “From memory to the imagination of places (Australia, Palestine, Italy)”
  • Esteban Radiszcz (LaPSoS-University of Chile): “Dreams in quarantine in Chile”

19:00 — Fieldworks (3rd part)

  • Arianna Cecconi (ENSA-Marseille) and Tuia Cherici (Multi-disciplinary artist): “Oniric archives in Peru and France between ethnography and art”
  • Lucía Brienza, Bruno Carignano, Flavia Castro, Victoria Farruggia, Florencia Harraca, Leandro Levi, Cecilia McDonnell, Soledad Nívoli, Sofía Payaro, David Sibio, Julián Varela (Cepe-UNR): “A Beradtian lesson. Intervention in five acts and two languages” – In spanish and french
  • Isis Castañeda Capriroli (LCSP-Paris Cité / LLCP-Paris 8): “The dream as a singular source of political creativity”

21:30 — Readings
With the participation of: Nina Živančević, Eden Tinto Collins, Blaise Marchandeau-Berreby, Luciana Alonso, Jad Orphée Chami.

Referents: Béatrice Rettig ( and Isis Castañeda Capriroli ( for the Political studies group in networks | Emmanuel Ferrand ( for the Artistic, political and social cooperative La Générale.

Department of philosophy and Laboratory for studies and research on the Contemporary Logics of Philosophy at Paris 8 University
University research school (EUR) ArTeC