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Civil Discord Conference series 2010-2011 organized by Domenic A. Beneventi and Simon Harel in collaboration with the Blue Metropolis International Literary Series


Poster : BCh

by Mark Kingwell, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto

with the participation of Sherry Simon (Concordia), Domenic Beneventi (CELAT-UQAM) and Simon Harel (études littéraires, UQAM)

Within the context of series of conferences titled Spaces of Civil Discord, the Zones of Tension Research Group at UQAM was pleased to welcome Mark Kingwell, philosopher and professor at the University of Toronto, whose areas of research include social and political theory; philosophy of art, architecture and design, and 20th-century continental philosophy. Professor Kingwell has authored 15 books, including Dreams of Millennium (1997); The World We Want (2000); Concrete Reveries (2008); and, with Patrick Turmel, Rites of Way: The Politics and Poetics of Public Space (2009).

Friday, September 17, 2010 at 1pm
Amphithéâtre du Coeur des sciences, UQAM,
200 Sherbrooke-Ouest, Montreal


As part of the second series of lectures Sur la 417 (On the 417) organized by the Onoups and the CELAT, on the theme “Politics & (Political) Geography,” Simon Harel gave a lecture entitled Le claustrum dans l’oeuvre de Gérard Étienne (Confinement in Gérard Étienne’s Writing)

Fauteux Hall, FTX-316 (University of Ottawa), 57 Louis Pasteur St., Ottawa
Friday, 12 February 2010, at 14:00

Drawing on two little-known works, Le nègre crucifié and Un Ambassadeur macoute à Montréal by Gérard Étienne, I attempted to describe the impact of torture (and it is not difficult to imagine the violence associated with this term) on the author (and his characters) as reluctant victims. Thus, the elements of claustrophobia in Gérard Étienne’s novels represent the nightmare-world of destructive spaces. At first glance, migration, an important issue in Gérard Étienne’s works, can be seen as the expression of the subject’s ability to move within the world of signs. Yet, psychological mobility intersects with other issues, as shown in the recent works of René Kaës and Janine Altounian, who emphasize the resilience and plasticity of the psyche. For this lecture, I used psychoanalysis, which is one of my fields of expertise. Psychological mobility, in fact, implies that subjects are able to (re)construct successfully throughout their lives the (often repressed) “selves” of their being-to-the-world, their way of being self-aware and aware of others in both personal and social space.

The Zones of Tension team and the Canada Research Chair in Esthetics and Poetics (CEP) presented a lecture by Pap NDiaye, Associate Professor of History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences sociales, author of La condition noire (Gallimard, 2008).

What Is a Black Artist or Intellectual in French Society?

In the presence of the poet and essayist Joël Des Rosiers

Tuesday, 16 February 2010, at 14:30, UQAM, room DC-2300 (279 Ste-Catherine St. E, 2nd Floor)

As part of the LIVING TOGETHER series of activities and lectures, the CELAT presented an important lecture by Simon Harel (Études littéraires / Literary Studies, UQAM) Living Together in an Era of Conflict

Tuesday, 6 October 2009, 11:00-13:00
Université Laval
Pavillon Charles-de-Koninck, room 5172

Talk as part of the activities of the CELAT, UQAM


Domenic Beneventi, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Zones of Tension research team, gave a talk entitled  « Errances urbaines : le sans-abri dans les littératures canadienne et québécoise » (“Urban Wanderings: Portraits of the Homeless in Canadian and Québécois Literatures”).

Thursday, 1 October 2009, 12:30-14:00, UQAM, room DC-2300 (279 Ste-Catherine St. E, 2nd Floor)

Series of Lectures-Screenings-Discussions - Cultural Mobility

Under the supervision of Simon Harel (Études littéraires / Literary Studies and Interim Director, CELAT, UQAM)
Organization and presentation by Nellie Hogikyan (Post-Doctoral Fellow, CELAT, UQAM)

The series took place at the CELAT, UQAM, room DC-2300 (279 Ste-Catherine St. E, 2nd Floor).

Nellie Hogikyan, 15 January 2009, photo : © BCh

Simon Harel (Département d’études littéraires / Department of Literary Studies and CELAT, UQAM), « Mobilité culturelle et littérature » (“Cultural Mobility and Literature”).
Friday, 4 December 2009, 10:00.

Simon Harel, 4 December 2009, numeric image: © BCh

Anouk Bélanger (Département de sociologie / Department of Sociology, UQAM), « Le projet du Quartier des Spectacles : une mise en scène de la nouvelle économie culturelle ? » (“The Theatre District Project: Staging the New Cultural Economy?”).
Friday, 27 November 2009, 10:00.

Heike Härting (Département d’études anglaises / Department of English Studies, Université de Montréal), “Cultural Mobility and Diaspora: The Politics of Metaphor”.
Friday, 13 November 2009, 10:00.

Heike Härting, 13 November 2009, numeric image: © BCh

Will Straw (Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University), "Montreal's Place Emilie Gamelin: Layered Meanings, Shifting Conflicts".
Friday, 23 October 2009, 10:00.

Will Straw, 23 October 2009, photo: © BCh

13 March 2009: Anita Aloisio (filmmaker, Montréal)
Screening of her French-language documentary Les enfants de la Loi 101 (The Children of Bill 101).

13 February 2009: Annie Roy, ATSA (Action terroriste socialement acceptable, Montréal) - ATSA (Socially Acceptable Terrorist Actions)
Discussion about their “mani-festival” État d’urgence (State of Emergency)..

Annie Roy, le 13 February 2009, photo : © BCh

29 January 2009: Karen Spencer (artist, Montréal)
Discussion about her installation Porteur de rêves / Dream Listener / Portador de sueños.

15 January 2009: Eric Roach Denis (filmmaker, Montréal)
Screening of his documentary S.P.I.T. Squeegee Punks in Traffic.

Eric Roach Denis, 15 January 2009, photo : © BCh

Lecture Series by Janine Altounian

(AIRCRIGE, France), 3-7 March 2008, UQAM.

Organized by Nellie Hogikyan (Post-Doctoral Fellow, CELAT, UQAM) in collaboration with Simon Harel (Études littéraires / Literary Studies and CELAT, UQAM)

I. Talks given as part of Simon Harel’s seminars in Études littéraires / Literary Studies:

A. « L'apprentissage de la langue du conflit à l’école de la république d’autrefois, en France » (“Learning the Language of Conflict at School in the Former Republic, in France”) - 3 March 2008, Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, UQAM.

B. « La transmission des mots absents dans la mélancolie des survivants » (“The Transmission of Absent Words in the Melancholy of Survivors”) - 6 March 2008, Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, UQAM.

II. Talk given as part of the conference Le Père : Diaspora, Nation et Transmission (The Father: Diaspora, Nation, and Transmission):

A. « La littérature comme sauvetage de la figure du père » (“Literature as the Saviour of the Father Figure”) - 5 March 2008, CELAT, UQAM 5 mars, 2008, CELAT, UQAM.

Round table on The Transmission of a Traumatic Inheritance. 7 March 2008.

With Janine Altounian (AIRCRIGE, France), David Benhaïm (Société psychanalytique de Montréal / Montreal Psychoanalytic Society), Claudie Gagné (Trent University), Arpi Hamalian (Concordia University), Simon Harel (UQAM), and Nellie Hogikyan (CELAT, UQAM).
7 March 2008, Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, UQAM.