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We often refer to the digital sphere and its new technologies in terms of deterritorialization, visualization, immateriality, or even derealization. This dialogue, although now relatively outdated, has deeply challenged the concept of the body, essential to 20th-century philosophy which sought to reconcile itself with materiality in order to counter idealism.




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Colloquium "Les mythes au XXIe siècle" (Myths in the 21st Century)

May 12-13, 2022

Emmanuelle Lescouet gives a lecture titled "Mise en scène de l'autre : renversement de la morale patriarcale" (Staging of the Other: Reversal of Patriarchal Morals) in the colloquium organised as part of the ANR program "Aiôn, socio-anthropologie de l'imaginaire du temps" (Aion, Socioanthropology of Time's Lore) at the University of Besançon on May 12-13, 2022, which will lead to the publication of its proceedings in Number 36 of the journal ¿ Interrogations ?


PhD candidate Margot Mellet will give, on March 18, 2022, at 11:30 a.m., a lecture titled "Textapes et profil numérique. Analyse de l’œuvre transmédiale Les Textapes d’Alice" (Textapes and Digital Profile: Transmedial Analysis of Les Textapes d'Alice) at the 19th Comparative Canadian Literature student colloquium of the Université de Sherbrooke "At the Crossroads: Intermediality As a Meeting Point" online here.


Enrico Agostini Marchese, « Entre le son et la cloche, l’air cristallin », Sens Public, mars 2018.

Quel est le rôle de la médiation et du medium dans les structures perceptives des êtres humains ? En refusant le cloisonnement du débat philosophique sur la phénoménologie de la perception de langue allemande des années 1920, Heider déplace le centre de la réflexion philosophique au-delà des oppositions classiques entre homme et monde, esprit et sens, sujet et objet. À travers la problématisation de la notion de médium, Heider nous amène à reconsidérer nos modalités d’appréhensions du monde, en développant une théorie phénoménologique de la médiation fondée sur le concept de milieu perceptif.


Projet Profil

Initially conceived for strictly practical reasons, users’ profiles have little by little become unexpected spaces of self-expression and writing. This project aims to understand this new profiling structure, in order to analyze the theoretical and aesthetic issues at play.


Marcello Vitali-Rosati, « The Chiasm as a Virtual - A Non-Concept in Merleau-Ponty’s Work (with a Coda on Theatre) », in Merleau-Ponty and the Art of Perception, North Carolina University Press, 2016.

Philosophers and artists consider the relevance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy for understanding art and aesthetic experience. This collection of essays brings together diverse but interrelated perspectives on art and perception based on the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Although Merleau-Ponty focused almost exclusively on painting in his writings on aesthetics, this collection also considers poetry, literary works, theater, and relationships between art and science. In addition to philosophers, the contributors include a painter, a photographer, a musicologist, and an architect. This widened scope offers important philosophical benefits, testing and providing evidence for the empirical applicability of Merleau-Ponty’s aesthetic writings. The central argument is that for Merleau-Ponty the account of perception is also an account of art and vice versa. In the philosopher’s writings, art and perception thus intertwine necessarily rather than contingently such that they can only be distinguished by abstraction. As a result, his account of perception and his account of art are organic, interdependent, and dynamic. The contributors examine various aspects of this intertwining across different artistic media, each ingeniously revealing an original perspective on this intertwining.


Marcello Vitali-Rosati, « Pornspace », Medium, 2016, p. 307‑317.

Du pornographique au numérique : homologie normative dans deux espaces contraints. La pornographie subvertit les règles de notre « espace principal » : elle implique ainsi la production d’un espace autre, celui que Foucault appelait « hétérotopie ». Beatriz Preciado a déjà souligné cet aspect en proposant le terme de « pornotopie ». L’hétérotopie est un espace réel mais parallèle à « l’espace principal » où se déroule la majorité de la vie sociale. [...]

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