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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Asia

    Myths of origin in Asian societies

    Un proverbe indien dit qu’il ne faut pas chercher l’origine d’un fleuve, ni l’origine d’un saint. L’observation directe conduit à peu de chose. Mais l’esprit va au-delà. Il crée un mythe. Qui n’a pas rêvé de son origine, de l’origine d’une nation, d’une langue, d’un thème littéraire ou artistique, de l’origine de l’homme, de l’origine du monde, de l’origine des dieux ? Le mythe n’est cependant pas le rêve incontrôlé. Il est un imaginaire qui transpose la nature profonde d’une âme humaine, d’une société, d’une religion, d’une civilisation. Un mythe d’origine définit un commencement, pose une limite initiale. Or la raison ne peut concevoir une origine absolue. Un mythe d’origine pose un jalon, un repère dans un continuum de temps ou d’espace. Chaque civilisation d’Asie dit par un mythe d’origine quel repère elle a choisi pour le début de son histoire. Et ceci est révélateur des caractères dans lesquels elle s'affirme.

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  • Louvain-la-Neuve

    Conference, symposium - Thought

    Philosophical Hermeneutics in the Islamicate Context

    This conference would like to engage with one specific context among all those which were and still are, as it were, “affected” by philosophical hermeneutics: the Islamicate context. The latter seems particularly relevant: on the one hand because it is intimately intertwined with the Western context; on the other hand because the Islamicate context retains a clear reference to religion that makes its entanglement with philosophical hermeneutics a burning challenge for all parties involved. The universality of the hermeneutic order should be put to the test of the Islamicate context within three different angles: the exegetical aspect, in order to see in what extend philosophical hermeneutics can contribute to rethink the understanding of the Koran in the contemporary context; the interpretative aspect, to address different contemporary attempts to reinterpret the classical – philosophical, spiritual or legal – heritage; the critical aspect, to present different political and critical issues raised by the question of the encounter between philosophical hermeneutics and Islamic thought.

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  • Aix-en-Provence

    Conference, symposium - Asia

    Iran: between pluri-secular heritage and contemporary realities

    Ce colloque proposera des interventions de la part de spécialistes aixois, français et étrangers issus de nombreuses disciplines : anthropologie, cinéma, histoire, histoire de l’art, islamologie, linguistique, sciences politiques, sociologie. L’objectif est de témoigner du dynamisme des recherches actuelles sur l’Iran à travers des thématiques aussi diverses que les images, les pratiques socio-politiques et religieuses de l’Iran contemporain, les relations de l’Iran avec ses voisins (Arménie, Anatolie, Irak abbasside, Asie centrale, Inde) à travers les âges, le développement du soufisme ou encore les phénomènes de circulation et d’échanges.

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  • Paris

    Lecture series - Thought

    The great Arab thinkers through history - the current state of thought

    Actualité de leur pensée

    Poètes,  philosophes, historiens, musiciens, les explorations intellectuelles et sensibles de ces grands penseurs recouvrent tous les champs du savoir, de la musicologie et de la mystique, aux mathématiques, de l’astronomie à la médecine. Ces quatre grands penseurs des IXe, XIIe et XIVe siècle, furent également de grands voyageurs, curieux du monde et de leur époque. Ils  vécurent dans les cités qui firent le rayonnement de l'empire islamique, de Séville à Damas, du Caire à Bagdad.  La réception de leur œuvre dépasse largement les frontières de leurs régions d’élection, comme de leur époque.

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  • Louvain-la-Neuve

    Call for papers - Thought

    Philosophical hermeneutics in the Islamicate context

    This conference would like to engage with one specific context among all those which were and still are, as it were, “affected” by philosophical hermeneutics: the Islamicate context. The latter seems particularly relevant: on the one hand because it is intimately intertwined with the Western context; on the other hand because the Islamicate context retains a clear reference to religion that makes its entanglement with philosophical hermeneutics a burning challenge for all parties involved. The universality of the hermeneutic order should be put to the test of the Islamicate context within three different angles: the interpretative dimension, to address contemporary thinkers from the Islamicate world who have engaged with philosophical hermeneutics; the comparative dimension, in order to deal with possible transactions on the basis of common traits and divergences; and the creative dimension, to present attempts at using philosophical hermeneutics in order to develop new interpretations of canonical or traditional ensembles of texts.

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  • London

    Call for papers - Asia

    Art and History Museums in the Middle East as places of social and political production

    This panel aims at studying how works of art are defined in Middle Eastern museums and how this definition encompasses their political project. We would like to study how museums are perceived, socially and politically, including on a commercial level, by local and international audiences.

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