Do Acontecimento

Louis Quéré

Do Acontecimento

© Carlos Lança

June

1518.30hTue

RIVOLISmall Auditorium

Conference
Conferences – Universidade Lusófona do Porto
Price Free entrance
Age >6
At a time of calculation, rules and prevention all of a sudden emerges the unexpected, something that disrupts the course of events and threatens the flow of life. In a sort of paradox, the more one anticipates the accident, the more catastrophic and unmanageable it is when it occurs. It is understandable that in this respect the notion of Event, contingent and unpredictable, has been gaining ground to account for forces that exceed historical forms, either coming from Nature, like a catastrophe, or from within the history we make, widespread as a fire or an epidemic. There’s a certain amount of panic in the face of excessive force and the weakness of forms, even if a considerable part of human culture has been based on the wait for a decisive event, a revolution, through which peace or justice may triumph once and for all. Some bare witness to it, others announce it, and others lose all hope tired of waiting. Only art, thought and technique are able to respond to the Event and create the labyrinth where—much like the ancient Minotaur—we can be close to it and its power without the illusion of cancelling or controlling it.


LOUIS QUÉRÉ (1947) is a French sociologist, research emeritus director of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and former director of the Marcel Mauss Institute (EHESS-CNRS). His research mainly focuses on sociology of action, epistemology of social sciences and ethnomethodology. His approach falls within the legacy of the thinking of Jürgen Habermas, the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer, and the pragmatism of John Dewey and George Herbert Mead.

June

1518.30hTue

RIVOLISmall Auditorium

Conference
Conferences – Universidade Lusófona do Porto
Price Free entrance
Age >6