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Crossing borders

La traversée des frontières

Existential philosophy, poetry and the visual arts in the work of Benjamin Fondane

Philosophie existentielle, poésie et arts visuels dans l’œuvre de Benjamin Fondane

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Published on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 by João Fernandes

Summary

The aim of the colloquium is to provide a platform for debate on the interdisciplinary relation between philosophy, literature, poetry, and visual arts in Fondane’s work. As a Romanian Jewish émigré, who adopted French as his language after his exile in 1924, Benjamin Fondane offers one of the rare examples of a poet able to cross languages, cultures and genre frontiers: his work encompasses poetry, philosophy, aesthetics, theory of cinema and filmmaking, playwriting and photography.

Announcement

April 19-20, 2018, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Argument

Proposals are invited for the first large-scale international conference on Benjamin Fondane in North America. The aim of the colloquium is to provide a platform for debate on the interdisciplinary relation between philosophy, literature, poetry, and visual arts in Fondane’s work. As a Romanian Jewish émigré, who adopted French as his language after his exile in 1924, Benjamin Fondane offers one of the rare examples of a poet able to cross languages, cultures and genre frontiers: his work encompasses poetry, philosophy, aesthetics, theory of cinema and filmmaking, playwriting and photography. After his death at Auschwitz in October 1944, Fondane has undergone a period of relative neglect until his revival in the 1980s, when his posthumous works were published and his main works were re-printed. Thanks to recent translations, his work is now also becoming better known in the English speaking world.

This conference aims to highlight the relevance of Fondane’s literary and philosophical texts in the context of crossing frontiers. Fondane’s works cross cultural, linguistic, and geographical borders from Romanian culture and language to French language, including works made in Argentina such as his lost film Tararira (1936). His literature of existential voyage, of migration and exodus echoes not only the Jewish diaspora, but also the construction of identities, historical and cultural migrations, as well as universalism. This colloquium is also open to studies exploring the translation of Fondane’s works in several languages, including the reflection of contemporary translators.

Main topics

Proposals preferably in English for papers may address one of the following topics:

  1. Crossing frontiers between poetry and philosophy.
  2. Crossing frontiers between visual arts(cinema, photography, avant-  garde experiments) and philosophy.
  3. Crossing frontiers between performative arts, drama and philosophy.
  4. Crossing frontiers between politics, poetry and religious thought.
  5. Crossing linguistic and cultural frontiers: Benjamin Fondane in translation. 

Submission guidelines

Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words, along with a brief biography, to  FondaneConference2018@gmail.com

by October 15, 2017. 

There is the possibility of financial aid to support travel for those presenting papers.

Organizing Committee

  • Michel Carassou, Association Benjamin Fondane (Paris)
  • Thomas Connolly, Yale University
  • Julia Elsky, Loyola University Chicago
  • Olivier Salazar-Ferrer, Association Benjamin Fondane / University of Glasgow  
  • Ramona Fotiade – Lev Shestov Studies Society, University of Glasgow

Places

  • Beinecke Library - 121 Wall Steet
    New Haven, America (CT 06520)

Date(s)

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017

Keywords

  • Benjamin Fondane, philosophie existentielle, Léon Chestov, conscience, malheureuse, migration, frontière

Contact(s)

  • Olivier Salazar-Ferrer
    courriel : FondaneConference2018 [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Olivier Salazar-Ferrer
    courriel : FondaneConference2018 [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Crossing borders », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, September 05, 2017, http://calenda.org/414910