Wednesday 13th May 2015


The growth of knowledge in the landscape of memory 

4:00 - 5:30

Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen

More than any other discipline in the human sciences, anthropology has the means and the determination to show how knowledge grows from the crucible of lives lived with others. This knowledge consists not in propositions about the world but in the skills of perception and capacities of judgement that develop in the course of direct, practical and sensuous engagements with our surroundings. Thus knowing and growing are inseparable, and ways of knowing are to be differentiated by the paths they take through the landscape of memory, rather than by conclusions reached and set down for posterity. It follows that practices of learning and teaching, long and unjustly marginalised in an anthropology that remains obsessed with the shapes and forms of mature thought, should be restored to the centrality they deserve. Fundamentally, our concern should not be not with philosophies but with generations of being, not with ontologies but with ontogenies.


Film Plenary

Session Chair : Frederic Laugrand, Department of Anthropology, Laval University                                                   

11:00 – 12:30

André Gladu, ONF: Marron. La piste créole en Amérique  (ONF, 2006, 85 min)

(Abstract coming soon)

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

2:00 – 3:30

André Itéanu, EHESS : Lettre aux morts (CNRS Images média, 2002, 62 min)  

The film is about the encounter between tradition and modernity. In a small village of Papua New Guinea three exceptional men rival with each other in the field of rituals and artistic creation in order to win over their neighbours. They send a last letter to their dead who have abandoned them and who may have emigrated to a rich country from which the film-makers come.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker