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The Hidden Gods of French & Francophone Science Fiction

Metaphysics, Religion and Politics? 1950-2010  : 21st -23rd November, Auditorium of the City Library of Bordeaux,  France

LAPRIL (Laboratoire Pluridisciplinaire de Recherches sur  l‘Imaginaire appliquees a la Literature/ Multidisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Imaginary applied to the Literature) is organizing a three days international colloquium between the 21st – 23rd of November with the support of Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux3 University (Bordeaux, France) on the theme “The Hidden Gods of French & Francophone Science Fiction: Metaphysics, religion and politics? 1950-2010“.

The prospects of this colloquium will be:

– The conditions of production and creativity of french&francophone science fiction from 1950s to nowadays, considered an artistic and cultural heritage in itself, heir to the advance of scientific miraculous and extraordinary journeys.
– The cultural “bridges” that could be established in the media and popular cultural production between literature, comics and movies from the same period.
– The ideological, religious and philosophical foundations  presiding consciously or unconsciously to a singular artistic creation; how the link can be made between creativity using various media and the willingness to stand by a formal bound avant-garde in the context of 1960s and 1970s.

Writers, artists and guests:

Gérard Klein, writer and critic (Paris)
Serge Lehman, writer (Paris)
Pierre Bordage, writer (Nantes)
Xavier Mauméjean, writer (Valenciennes)

Laurent Queyssi, writer (Bordeaux)
Jean-Luc Rivera (Paris)

Maël le Mée (Bordeaux)

Elisabeth Vonarburg, canadian writer
Sylvie Bérard, canadian writer, critic and academic

With the participation of Roger Bozetto (University of Aix-Marseille)

Organizing and scientific committee:

Natacha Vas-Deyres (EA CLARE Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 University)
Florence Plet-Nicolas (EA CLARE Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux  University)
Patrick Bergeron (Department of French Studies at the University of New Brunswick)
Patrick Guay (Canada Research Chair on the Modern Novel, Quebec University in Chicoutimi, Canada)
Roger Bozzetto (University of Aix en Provence)
Danièle André (FLLASH, University of La Rochelle)


Hervé Lagoguey (University of Reims), Alexander Marcinkowski (Nantes), Pierre-Gilles Péllisier (Paris), Patrick Guay (Research Chair of the Modern Novel, Quebec University in Chicoutimi, Canada) , Isabelle Limousin (Picasso Museum, Paris), Thierry Jandrok (University of Strasbourg), Marc Atallah (University of Lausanne, Maison d’Ailleurs/House of Elsewhere, Switzerland), Cédric Chauvin (Paul Valéry Montpellier III University), Jean-Loup Heraud (Lyon I University), Gilles Menegaldo (University of Poitiers), Alain Sebbah (Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3), Danièle André (University of La Rochelle), Patrick Bergeron (University of New Brunswick, Canada), Laurent Bazin (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Philippe Clermont (University of Strasbourg), Claire Cornillon (Universities Paris 3 & Paris 13), Samuel Minne (Dijon), Julien Baudry (University Paris 7), Jerome Goffette (University Lyon I), Charles Combette (Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 University), Simon Bréan (University of Paris IV-Sorbonne), Florence Plet-Nicolas (EA CLARE Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux  University), Lauric GUILLAUD (Angers).

The second part of the colloquium will take place on October 25th -26th, 2013 at the Quebec University in Chicoutimi, Canada  : “Messac, Spitz and the others … the end of the anticipation or the french anticipation of the end ? (1890-1950)”

The program:

Wednesday, November 21st
(Auditorium of the City Library of Bordeaux)
9.00  Opening of the conference : Nicole Pelletier, Gérard Peylet, Natasha Natacha Vas-Deyres, Florence Plet-Nicolas
9.15 – 9.40 Introduction by Gerard Klein: “The french science fiction of the 1950s : rupture or hybridization ? ”

Session 1
Political fiction in French and Francophone SF.

Moderator: Gérard Peylet
9.40 -10.05 Hervé Lagoguey (University of Reims) : “The green horizons of Jean-Pierre Andrevon,  pillar of the Earth at the heart of french SF”
10.05 -10.30 Alexander Marcinkowski (Nantes) : “Francophone Cyberpunk to the test of history”
10.30 -10.55 Discussion and pause
10.55 -11.20 Pierre-Gilles Péllisier (Paris) : “When the political storm growls : the dystopias of Pierre Pelot”
11.20 -11.45 Patrick Guay (Research Chair of the Modern Novel, Quebec University in Chicoutimi, Canada)  : “The representation of language in Jean Tetreau’s The Nomads : political issues.”
11.45 -12.00 Discussion.

Session 2
Singularities and margins of the science fiction.
Moderator: Florence Plet-Nicolas
14-14.25 Isabelle Limousin (Picasso Museum, Paris) : “The « Science Fiction» Exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts  (1967-68)”
14.25-14.50 Thierry Jandrok (University of Strasbourg) : “Serge Brussolo or the hybrid voice.”
14.50 -15.15 Cédric Chauvin (Paul ValéryMontpellier III University) : “Anthropological imaginary and literary status – Pierre Bordage, Alain Damasio, Antoine Volodin.”
15.15 -15.45 p.m. Discussion and pause.
15.45 -16.30 p.m. Panel: “Writing science fiction in French: the imaginary and unique styles ? ”
With Gérard Klein, Sylvie Bérard, Pierre Bordage, Xavier Mauméjean, Elisabeth Vonarburg.
Moderator : Patrick Guay
16.30 -16.55 Marc Atallah (University of Lausanne, Maison d’Ailleurs, Switzerland): “The secret wish of verticality – the work of Michel Houellebecq: between modernity and post-modernity”
16.55 -17.20 Gilles Menegaldo (University of Poitiers) : “Metaphysics of time, trauma and memory in the french science fiction film: La Jetée (Chris Marker), Je t’aime, je t’aime (Alain Resnais). ”
17.20 -17.40 Discussion

Thursday, November 22nd
(Auditorium of the City Library of Bordeaux)

Session 3
Disharmony in the spheres of science fiction
Moderator: Roger Bozzetto
9.15 – 9.40 Jean-Loup Heraud (University of  Lyon I) : “The man has an end ?  Three contrasting figures in the French SF: humanity removed, primitive origins, alternative mankind. ”
9.40 -10.05 Danièle André (University of La Rochelle) : “Stammering Earth and Space Opera: from human to more than a human – the science fiction of Luc Besson.”

10.05 -10.30 Alain Sebbah (Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 University) : “Discrepancy time in a few films of science fiction: Babylon AD vy Mathieu Kassovitz, Immortal by Enki Bilal and The Origin of the twenty-first century by Jean Luc Godard and Anne Marie Miéville.”
10.30 -10.55 Discussion and pause
11.00 -11.25 Patrick Bergeron (University of New Brunswick, Canada) : “Ravaged land. Post-apocalyptic fiction in Quebec and France, Niourk time to death. ”
11.25 -11.40 Discussion
11.40 -12.15 Lectures on “The return of the body in French science fiction” by Elisabeth Vonarburg and Sylvie Bérard.

Session 4
Gods, religion and spirituality: paradoxes of science fiction ?
Moderator: Natacha Vas-Deyres
14.00-14.25 Simon Brean (University of Paris IV-Sorbonne) : “The thousand deaths of God in the French science fiction. ‘
14.25 – 14.50 Roger Bozetto (University of Aix-Marseille) : “Eritis Sicut Dei, You shall be as gods”
14.50 – 15.20 Elisabeth Vonarburg  : “Why create worlds ? ” Echoing Roger Bozzetto
15.20 – 15.45 Laurent Bazin (University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines) and Philippe Clermont (University of Strasbourg) : “The gods play with dice, churches and metaphysics in contemporary alternate history. ”
15.45 -16.30 Discussion and pause
16.30 -16:55 Claire Cornillon (Universities Paris 3 and Paris 13) : “Spirituality and science fiction in The Gospel of the Snake by Pierre Bordage.”
16:55 – 17.20 Samuel Minne (Dijon) : “The struck god: myth, ethics and politics in two novels by Nathalie C. Henneberg. ”
17.20 -17.35 Lauric Guillaud (Angers University, CERLI president) : “René Barjavel’s science fiction between pantheism and pessimism.”

17.45 -18.20 Panel : “The science fiction, imaginary confrontation of individual or collective ? ”
With Gérard Klein, Pierre Bordage, Serge Lehman, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Sylvie Bérard, Laurent and Xavier Mauméjean Queyssi.
Moderator: Jean-Luc Rivera

Friday, November 23rd
(Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine – Pessac)

Session 5
Hexagonal plates and Francophones: beyond science-fiction ?
Moderator: Patrick Bergeron
9.15 – 9:40 Julien Baudry (University Paris 7) : “The clash of traditions of science fiction for children in the immediate post-war period comics. ”
9.40 – 10.05 Jerome Gofette (University Lyon I)  : “Enki Bilal between gods and chaos. ‘
10.10 – 10.30 Discussion and pause
10.30 – 11.10 Panel : “Science fiction, a popular creation that reinvents its own media ? ”
With Gérard Klein, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Serge Lehman, Sylvie Bérard, Laurent and Xavier Mauméjean Queyssi.
Moderator: Danièle André
11.10 -11.35 Charles Combette (Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 University) : “Science as mythology. Updating of myths in William Blake and E.P. Jacobs’ Mortimer.”
11.35-12.00 Florence Plet-Nicolas (Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 University) : “And God in all this ? Valerian and Laureline.”
12.00-12.30 Discussion and closing of the conference.



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