On 16 September, the series of lectures Les Reckitts began at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris. Claudine Gauthier, professor of anthropology at the University of Bordeaux, was the first expert to speak on the topic of collapse.
The aim of the new conference session, which has just begun at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, is not the least: to think of new imaginings to recreate the future. inaugural conference, “Imagine the downfall from yesterday to today”, in which Professor and Researcher Claudine Gauthier in Religious Anthropology was the guest, relied on the Renaissance, a temporary exhibition launched at the Cité des Sciences in early July.
The exhibition, both open to the public and accessible online, offers visitors and Internet users a futuristic adventure through various scenarios of the Fall. But, unlike this exhibition, Claudine Gauthier’s approach is not to think about a possible future. Rather, it invites the public to look to the past to better understand the fears and fantasies of the present.
Through this approach, she defends the idea that the Judeo-Christian heritage deeply influenced contemporary and Western representations of the end of the world. It is by telling the story of the religious myths of the Garden of Eden or the Tower of Babel that she explains that the end of the world has been conceived, contemplated and reinterpreted over the centuries and, thus, the idea that the Fall is nothing new.
Yet, if in the past fears or eschatological expectations were associated with religious beliefs, it is easy to see today that the upheaval of ecosystems is no longer just a myth, but a reality. However, this observation is not an end in itself, it can be renewed if different strategies of resilience are thought of. Will see specifically the next conference of the cycle on this topic.
Claudine Gauthier’s conference was broadcast on the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie YouTube channel. Check it out here.
release, Event participants will regularly submit articles, interviews and forums on topics addressed during these conferences which will be held by January 2022. to find here. Detailed schedules and schedules on the Cité des Sciences website.