The Coming Story – Culture 31

“Uses of the false” with the festival The history to come

These last two years the world of culture has been affected by the health crisis causing the closure of cultural places or even the cancellation of events. This is the case of the The Coming Story Festival, which could not take place in 2020. To maintain its 4th edition “we bet on a different organization in 2021 in order to continue our meetings with the Toulouse public. around research in history and its contemporary issues ”, explain the organizers. So from December 3 to 4, 2021, we invite you to continue exploring the “Uses of falsehood”, particularly in debates relating to environmental issues, and our perennial themes, “Writing history”, and particularly in these pre-election times. , “History and democracy”, add the initiators of this event. As a reminder, this festival was created in 2017 in Toulouse with a desire to “show that history can and must help us understand the challenges of contemporary debates”. To do this, historians, philosophers, social science researchers, writers and artists share their ideas and research through numerous events.

Illustration: Marius de Zayas, Portrait of Picabia, charcoal on cardboard, 1913-1916

Thus, in several places in the city it will be possible to attend round tables, conferences, workshops, performances or even “original and inventive” storytelling. For the opening on December 3, at the Ombres Blanches bookstore, a meeting will be possible with Camille le Toledo around his book “The river that wanted to write. The hearings of the Parliament of the Loire ”released in 2021 in the Les liens qui liber edition. On the same day, at the Quai des Savoirs, a meeting was organized with Fabrice Chassot (professor of 18th century French literature at the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès) and Yves Le Pestipon (writer and poet), moderated by Philippe Chométy (professor of French literature of the 17th century at the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès).

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Greenwashing: ecology in trompe-l’oeil

At the Garonne theater, a round table will take place in the presence of Aurélien Berlan (philosopher at the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès), Guillaume Carbou (teacher in information and communication sciences at the University of Bordeaux), Steve Hagimont (contemporary historian at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Vanessa Léa (archaeologist at the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès), Laure Teulières (contemporary historian at the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès ) and Marie-Anne Verdier (teacher-researcher in management sciences at the University of Toulouse Paul-Sabatie). In detail, they will discuss “greenwashing”. The organizers explain what it consists of: “It is a greening of the facade. We can, in many fields, explore its manifestations since ecology has become a question of society ”. Through this round table, some elements of intellectual self-defense (from Greenwashing. Manual for cleaning up the public debate, to be published at the Threshold in 2022) will be proposed to thwart false promises, reassuring illusions and forms of smoking that mask the tendency to pursue the same trajectory, while the situation requires real bifurcations ”, continue the organizers.

Through a coffee-debate with “the historian Émilien Ruiz, part of whose work focuses on the digital transformations of the writing of history, we will reflect on how we can rely on this method to keep up-to-date. a good distance from the flow of information to which we have access today. To approach Wikipedia, blogs and social networks, historical criticism remains strikingly topical ”explain the organizers. A history lab organized at the Garonne theater to deal with the theme of “conspiracy and teaching of history”, the initiators of “The history to come” detail: “from their experiences as historians and teachers, Laurence De Cock, a specialist in history pedagogy, and Anne-Claude Ambroise-Rendu, media historian, will reflect on what history teaching can do in the face of the conspiracies that run through society, even in the classroom. Can we effectively combat the false plots arguments, which are deployed in theory, by transmitting the story as a “true story” in practice? How to achieve it? ”.

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Note that the 5th edition of L’histoire à vivre will take place in Toulouse from May 12 to 15, 2022.

Liliana Brel

The Coming Story Festival