Art, Psychanalyse, Politique


UNESCO "Looking at the Universal and Diversity"

UNESCO and INSISTANCE magazine : Universal and Diversity"
2010 World Philosophy Day for The International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

INSISTANCE magazine (Art-Psychoanalysis-Politics) and UNESCO -
Thursday 18 and Friday 19 November 2010

The idea of a universal humanity is a recent development in history. The way in which it appeared for the first time in Europe, in Athens, clearly demonstrates the difficulty which such a notion poses to the human mind. The path which led the Greeks to develop universal logos did not exempt them from an ethnocentricity that drove them to label anyone who appeared alien to their logos as "barbarians". Thus, no sooner was it attested than the idea of the universal was challenged by the encounter with cultural diversity. The history of civilizations shows that this contradiction repeated itself endlessly, as if the unveiling of the universal systematically required its veiling. Biblical thought, which came to the idea of a universal by inventing the "One", excluded Pagans. Christianity presented itself as good news for all, except those who did not believe in Christ. Hindu thought conceived of a man who was cosmically unlimited but socially limited by a caste system.Today, we need to elaborate on how to avoid the "universal/diversity" dualism by explaining - with the help of philosophers, psychoanalysts and artists - how what is diverse, different and alien can be seen as deriving from a notion of the universal that is more complex in conception than those left to us by history.


UNESCO Headquarters, 125 avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris - Room I




Thursday, 18 November 2010




9 a.m.-9.30 a.m.

Welcoming participants Ségur Hall UNESCO

09.30a.m.-10 a.m.

Opening ceremony for World Philosophy Day


10 a.m.-10.15 a.m.

Welcome speech by Paolo Lollo on behalf of Insistance magazine

10.15 a.m.-10.45 a.m.

Introduction by Alain Didier-Weill


10.45 a.m.-10.50 a.m.


Presentation of the works of Jean Daviot, projected during the symposium


10.50 a.m.-11.10 a.m.


Insistance film: "Attesting to or detesting the Universal" (Part 1)


11.10 a.m.-12.40 p.m.


Round table forum I "The Greek Universal" with Paul-Laurent Assoun, Bertrand Vergely, Denise Maurano. Moderated by Jacques Barbier.


12.40 p.m.-2 p.m. - Lunch


p.m.-2.15 p.m.


Insistance film: "Attesting to or detesting the Universal" (Part 2)


2.15 p.m.-3.45 p.m.


Round table forum II "The Biblical Universal" with Fethi ben Slama, Jean-Pierre Winter, Patrick Landman, Judith Cohen Solal


3.45 p.m.-4 p.m. - Discussion


4 p.m.-4.30 p.m.


Tribute to Mohamed Arkoun


4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. - Break


5 p.m.-7 p.m. Conference organized by UNESCO: "Philosophy, Cultural Diversity and the Rapprochement of Cultures"


7 p.m. - Concert






Friday, 19 November 2010




9 a.m.-9.30 a.m.


Welcoming participants


9.30 a.m.-10 a.m.


Insistance film: "Attesting to or detesting the Universal" (Part 3)


10 a.m.-11.30 a.m.


Round table forum III "The Christian Universal" with Eric Marty, Franklin Rausky, Jean-Michel Rey


11.30 a.m.-12.45 p.m.


Round table forum IV "The Ayurvedic Universal with Michel Cazenave, Kyran Vyas, Eva Füzesséry


Baul singing: Mitchélée


12.45 p.m.-1 p.m. - Discussion


1p.m.-2 p.m. - Lunch




2 p.m.-3.30 p.m.


Round table forum V "Art and the Universal" with Baldine Saint Girons, Claude Maillard, Jean-Luc Paliès, Serge Barbuscia, Frédéric de Rivoyre


3.30 p.m.-5 p.m.


Round table forum VI "Psychoanalysis and the Universal" with Jean-Michel Vives, Anne Dufourmantelle, Jean-Jacques Blévis, Paolo Lollo


5 p.m.-5.30 p.m.


Questions? Alain Didier-Weill


5:30 p.m.


Concert by Aldo Romano with the participation of FIVE




Paul-Laurent Assoun, Jacques Barbier, Serge Barbuscia, Jean-Jacques Blévis, Michel Cazenave, Judith Cohen Solal, Emmanuel Dayan, Alain Didier-Weill, Anne Dufourmantelle, Jean Daviot, Eva Füzesséry, Patrick Landman, Paolo Lollo, Claude Maillard, Denise Maurano, Mitchélée, Eric Marty, Jean-Luc Paliès, Franklin Rausky, Fréderic de Rivoyre, Jean-Michel Rey, Axelle du Rouret-Didier-Weill, Baldine Saint Girons, Fethi Ben Slama, Sébastian Texier, Bertrand Vergely, Jean-Michel Vives, Kyran Vyas, Jean-Pierre Winter.


Moufida Goucha, Head of the Human Security, Democracy and Philosophy Section (UNESCO)


Feriel Ait-Ouyahia, Programme Specialist, Human Security, Democracy and Philosophy Section (UNESCO)


Jean Michel Vives, Editor-in-Chief of Insistance magazine


Jacques Barbier, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Insistance magazine


Jean Daviot, Artist (works projected during the symposium)


Emmanuel Dayan, Director, "Attesting to or Detesting the Universal"


Aldo Romano and Henry Texier in concert


Caroline, Félicia, Hortense, Victoria du Rouret and Axelle du Rouret-Didier-Weill: FIVE



Contacts and information:


Insistance magazine (art-psychoanalysis-politics) - -


Paolo Lollo, Secretary, Insistance, Symposium Coordinator,


Phinith Chanthalangsy, UNESCO Coordinator,


Léa Didier, Communication,


Nil Didier, Public Relations, Participant Coordination, 06 26 80 34 71