10h30 → 12h30
Screening "Experimental pedagogies"
Mangrove School – Filipa Cesar, Sónia Vaz Borges (2022, 34 min)
“We returned to Guinea-Bissau this time to investigate the conditions of students in guerrilla schools in the heart of the mangroves. But we soon became the learners ourselves, and the first lesson was how to walk. If you walk straight ahead, putting your heels on the ground first, you quickly slip and fall into the dikes of the flooded mangrove rice field or get stuck in the mud. You need to lower your body, bend your knees and stick your toes vertically into the mud, extend your arms forward in a conscious, present movement. At the mangrove school, learning is done with the whole body.”
Le Ghetto expérimental – Jean-Michel Carré & Adam Schmedes (1975, 101 min)
This film tells the story of the Université de Vincennes. After May 68, anyone could come and take classes there, without needing a baccalaureate or a diploma. A generation of intellectuals who would later be acclaimed and read the world over (Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Jean-François Lyotard, Helene Cixous, etc.) taught there. Interviews with professors and students, speeches by political activists and footage of the theater department’s activities make this film an invaluable testimony to the revolutionary student spirit of the early 70s and the pedagogical creativity of an avant-garde university that resonates with many of today’s issues: the university’s links with society, with intellectuals, with workers, the invention of a pedagogy as a place of emancipation.
14h30 → 16h
For a pirate ecology
A meeting with Fatima Ouassak, political scientist and environmental activist
“In Europe today, we lack an ecologist project capable of resisting the policies of suffocation in an increasingly unbreathable world. A project initiated in working-class neighborhoods, which would articulate enﬁnment with the land and freedom of movement. A project with its sights set on Africa, aiming to establish a broad internationalist front against global warming and the destruction of life itself. A project that would make the Mediterranean an autonomous space and a rallying point for mutinies in the North and South. A project that would see the liberation of land, animal liberation and equal human dignity as fundamentally linked. A project that assumes secession in the face of increasingly threatening right-wing extremist forces. A project that would take to the high seas in search of One Piece, the famous treasure from the manga of the same name, which has become a symbol of the thirst for freedom in working-class neighborhoods. A project that would put itself at the level of children and seek their well-being and liberation. This project is that of pirate ecology.
Fatima Ouassak is a political scientist and co-founder of Front de mères and Verdragon, a popular ecology center to be set up in 2021 on the heights of Bagnolet, Seine-Saint-Denis. She has contributed to several collective works: Féminismes dans le monde (Textuel, 2020), L’Écologie au xxie siècle (Reporterre/Le Seuil, 2020), Sororité (Point Seuil, 2021), Feu! Abécédaire des féminismes présents (Libertalia, 2021) and numerous articles. After her acclaimed first essay, La Puissance des mères (La Découverte, 2020, Poche Points, February 2023), which won the Prix de l’essai féministe Causette 2021, she published Pour une écologie pirate. Et nous serons libres (La Découverte), a reflection that combines ecologist, feminist and internationalist perspectives.
16h → 17h30
Deserting, surviving, forming a body, inhabiting trouble: a wilderness of one's own.
Meeting with Corinne Morel Darleux, author and ecosocialist essayist
“A wilderness is a place from which one withdraws from all human contact. Here, a forest house, a vegetable garden, the mountains, a small animal, the stain of wild boars and an icy torrent will enable the narrator to learn to become one with the living, with herself, her own animality, her share of delirium and her unconscious. With this novel, Corinne Morel Darleux offers us a literature of trouble, between dream and madness, on the borders of “normality” and the so-called civilized world. She will talk to us about the making of La sauvagière and read excerpts from it around the themes of desertion, sustenance, care, the living, the body and slowing down.”
Corinne Morel Darleux
Corinne Morel Darleux lives and writes at the foot of the Vercors mountains. Elected in the Drôme region for ten years, she now devotes her time to writing and grassroots activism. She is the author of the essay “Plutôt couler en beauté que flotter sans grâce” (Libertalia, 2019), as well as several books for young people and adults. She recently published “La sauvagière” with Dalva Editions and “Être heureux avec moins?” with La Martinière Jeunesse.