“Dreams (the archive between poetics, politics, and the violence of history)”
Seminar 2020-2021
Department of philosophy and Laboratory for studies and research on the Contemporary Logics of Philosophy at Paris 8 University
University research school (EUR) ArTeC


The seminar “Dreams (the archive between poetics, politics, and the violence of history)”, looks back on the past from present aspirations. It addresses the issues of the archive through a cycle of meetings and interventions with the creation of an oral archive of proposals for historical, theoretical and poetic approaches, and the development of an associated documentary corpus.
The archival turn had little impact in France outside of feminist, gender and art studies, which in turn fed and borrowed the references and methodologies of microhistory, history from bellow, of the oral archive and the living archive, just as the analysis and militant inquiry that have accompanied several generations of struggles are often considered as not very objective.
The approach by a poetics and a politics of history linking corpuses of individual and collective memory, and following inter- and transdisciplinarities, by associating analysis and creation reopens the problem of the archive as an eminently institutional object devoid of life. It makes it possible to reflect from the margins and the movements of resistance for which a return to the past, and the opening to other futures to come, take as their starting point an inadequacy in the present. It opens up to the singular, and to critical examination where the epistemological approach can be linked to a political approach and narratives and life paths to history and collective memory.
We take up reflections on history, philosophies of the archive, and their affinities with literary writing and art, to associate analysis, situations of engagement in research, and creation as embodiment in the forms of expression that accompany it.

October 29, 2020
15:00-18:00 at the Artistic, political and social cooperative La Générale (39, Rue Gassendi – 75014 Paris) and via the Internet

  • Isis Castañeda Capriroli (LLCP-Paris 8 / LaPSoS-University of Chile): “The dream as an archive of violence”
  • Hugo Sir (CRESPPA-Labtop Paris 8 / LaPSoS-University of Chile): “The Apruebo or the chilean awakening of the past”
  • Oreste Scalzone: “Narrative socioanalysis”

November 16, 2020
15:00-18:00 via the Internet

  • Magdalena Brand (CRESPPA-CSU Paris 8 / LCSP-Paris Cité): “Subjective life and violence at work”
  • Juliette Petit (CEMTI-Paris 8 / ArTeC): “The archives of the program Parloir Libre: radio as a tool in the struggles against exclusion and prison”
  • Nicola Valentino (Cooperative Sensibili alle foglie): “Dreams of prison as a site of analysis”

December 10, 2020
15:00-18:00 via the Internet

  • Soledad Nívoli, Leandro Levi, Sofia Payaro, Lucia Brienza, Flavia Castro, Victoria Farruggia (Cepe-National university of Rosario): “Discussing-translating The third Reich of dreams by Charlotte Beradt”. Followed by “A Beradtian oniric archive in times of Covid-19”

January 21, 2021
15:00-18:00 via the Internet

  • Naji El Khatib (MedFil Humanities Institute): “Palestine’s unfinished dream”
  • Samah Jabr (PMED): “The right of the peoples to breathe”
  • Alexandra Dols (Hybrid Pulse): “The process of writing of the film Behind the Fronts. Resistances and resiliences in Palestine

February 11, 2021
15:00-18:00 via the Internet

  • Gulistan Sido (University of Rojava): “Oral literatures of Kurdistan”
  • Anders Fjeld (LCSP-Paris Cité), Mansur Tayfuri (LLCP-Paris 8): “Rancière as an archivist”

March 18, 2021
15:00-18:00 via the Internet

  • Marie Bardet (IDAES and IAMK-UNSAM / MUSIDANSE-Paris 8): “Escape in dance and philosophy”
  • Valentin Schaepelynck (EXPERICE-Paris 8): “Archives of Georges Lapassade”
  • Jean-Jacques Cadet (ENS of the State University of Haiti): “The colonial question in haitian marxist thought”

April 15, 2021
15:00-18:00 via the Internet

  • Mauricio Carreño Hernandez, Isis Castañeda Capriroli (LaPSoS-University of Chile): “Dreams in quarantine”
  • Vanessa Codaccioni (CRESPPA-CSU Paris 8): “The W5 archives. The pathologization of radical activism”

May 20, 2021
15:00-18:00 via the Internet

  • Pavel Abushkin (LLCP-Paris 8): “The dreams of Vera Pavlovna in What to do? by Nikolai Chernyshevski”

Readings and performances (opening session):
Gwladys Le Cuff, Zahra Pourazizi

Translation during multi-language sessions:
Cosimo Lisi, Assia Zaino, Sofia Payaro, Carlos Perez Lopez, Julie Alfonsi, Magdalena Brand

Contact: infopolitical-studies.net