From Science Fiction to Reality: Conference (19th of December 2012, Paris, France)

    „Science fiction, the creative and free exploration of the possible future can provide new insights, supply in an original way a discussion on our society and enrich the prospective thinking. If the deployed imaginary worlds seem far removed from our daily lives, the genre opens reflection on society’s concerns about future scientific applications and their potential social, environmental and ethical implications and issues. The range of scenarios that science fiction is exploring is actually a real tool for thinking about the possible future of our societies. How the look of the science fiction authors can enrich our reflection ?”


    14.00: Introduction

    Vincent Chriqui, Director of the Centre for Strategic Analysis

    14.10: Panel 1 – Post human: from the repaired human to the augmented human?

    Moderator: Simon Bréan, Lecturer in French Literature at the University of Paris-Sorbonne


    • Marc Atallah, Director of the Maison d’Ailleurs (House of Elsewhere, Yverdon, Switzerland) and Professor of French literature at the University of Lausanne
    • Jean-Michel Besnier, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, author of „Tomorrow, the post-humans: the future  still need us ?” (Fayard, 2010)
    • Claude Ecken, science fiction writer
    • Pierre-Henri Gouyon, Professor at the National Museum of Natural History


    15:10: Discussion with the audience

    15:30: Break

    15.40: Panel 2 – After the Earth? Preserving our planet or terraforming another?

    Moderator: Eric Picholle, physicist at National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis


    • Christian Chelebourg, Professor of Literature at the University of Lorraine, Director of the Jean Mourot, Literary Studies Center, author of „Ecofictions – Mythologies of the end of the world (Les Impressions nouvelles 2012)
    • Ferenc Fodor, semiotics and linguistics researcher, author of „Climate of Fear. The imaginary of climate change” (2011, with V. Brunetière)
    • Jean-Marc Ligny, science fiction writer, author of „AquaTM” and „Exodus” (L’Atalante), two novels on climate change
    • Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Climatologist, Director of Research at the Laboratory of Climate and Environment, Gif-sur-Yvette
    • Pierre Papon, Physicist, Professor Emeritus at the School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry in Paris, former Director of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Ifremer, Honorary President of the Observatory of Science and Technology

    16:40 Discussion with the audience

    17:00 Conclusion of the conference:

    Ugo Bellagamba, Lecturer in History of Law, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, writer and artistic delegate of the International Festival of Science Fiction, Utopiales.

    Palais de la Découverte : Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008 Paris, France


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