Imaginary-reality

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Thinking beyond the representational paradigm, the separation between real and imaginary is traditionally based on the possibility of clearly distinguishing between the space of dialogue and the space outside of dialogue. The imaginary differs from the real because it is located inside the space of dialogue. Today, the digital sphere blurs these boundaries between imaginary and real, or, furthermore, it produces an overlap between the two terms to such an extent that their differences become nearly irrelevant.

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Servanne Monjour, La littérature à l’ère photographique : mutations, novations, enjeux : de l’argentique au numérique, Montréal, Université de Montréal et Université Rennes 2, 2016, 477 p.

Désormais, nous sommes tous photographes. Nos téléphones intelligents nous permettent de capter, de modifier et de partager nos clichés sur les réseaux en moins d’une minute, tant et si bien que l’image photographique est devenue une nouvelle forme de langage. Réciproquement, serions-nous également tous écrivains ? Il existe en effet une véritable légitimité historique à penser que la notion d'écrivain, comme celle de photographe, s'étend le long d'un paradigme allant de la « simple » possession d'une aptitude technique jusqu'à la gloire des plus fortes figures de la vie culturelle collective. Cette thèse vise à déterminer comment se constitue une nouvelle mythologie de l’image photographique à l’ère du numérique, comprenant aussi bien la réévaluation du médium argentique vieillissant que l’intégration d’un imaginaire propre à ces technologies dont nous n’avons pas encore achevé de mesurer l’impact culturel sur nos sociétés. À cet égard, la perspective littéraire est riche d’enseignements en termes culturels, esthétiques ou même ontologiques, puisque la littérature, en sa qualité de relais du fait photographique depuis près de deux siècles, a pleinement participé à son invention : c’est là du moins l’hypothèse de la photolittérature. En cette période de transition technologique majeure, il nous revient de cerner les nouvelles inventions littéraires de la photographie, pour comprendre aussi bien les enjeux contemporains du fait photographique que ceux de la littérature. Nowadays, we are all photographers. Our smart phones allow us to take, edit and share our snapshots on social media in less than a minute, to the extent that the photographic image has become a new form of language. Reciprocally, have we all become writers as well? There truly is historical legitimacy in seeing the notion of the writer, like that of the photographer, as spanning a paradigmal spectrum, running from “simple” possession of technical aptitude, to the glory of the loftiest figures in our collective cultural life. This thesis aims to determine how the new mythology around the photographic image takes shape in the digital age, while also re-evaluating the aging medium of film, as well as integrating a newly imagined sphere of ideas surrounding these new technologies, for which we have yet to measure the cultural impact on our societies. In this respect, a literary perspective is rich in cultural and even ontological lessons, since literature has interacted with photography for nearly two centuries, and thus contributed to its invention : this is at least the central hypothesis of photoliterature. In this period of major technological transition, we must therefore identify photography’s new literary inventions, so that we can better understand the contemporary issues surrounding both the worlds of photography and literature.

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Colloquium

Colloque international
sous la direction de Bertrand Gervais, Servanne Monjour, Jean-François Thériault, Marcello Vitali-Rosati
Université de Montréal
24-25 mai 2019

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Congress 2016

The Canada Research Chair will attend the 2016 Congress, in the framework of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH/SCHN) conference
Calgary
30-31 mai 2016

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Rewriting the Trans-Canada Highway in the Digital Age

How can we think of space in the digital age? This project aims to explore this question by proposing both theoretical and practical avenues of reflection. The mythical space of the Trans-Canada Highway will be just as much the field of study as the field of exploration for our research.

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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.

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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.

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The status of the Author in Digital Era (FRQSC)

Questions relating to the author in the digital era constitute a major social issue that concerns entire communities of writers and readers. Since authors are the authority, how can we rethink the process of validation and legitimization of literary content published online today?

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