Michel Serres : Darwin, Bonaparte et le Samaritain, une philosophie de l’histoire

[ndlr] Mise en ligne le 22 novembre 2016 d’une conférence de Michel Serre. Playdoyer pour une philosophie de l’histoire : questionnements sur la mémoire, les oublis, les écritures du temps, la guerre et la paix, la violence…

Texte de présentation sur Agora des Savoirs :

Darwin raconta l’aventure de flore et de faune ; devenu empereur, Bonaparte, parmi les cadavres sur le champ de bataille, prononça, dit-on, ces mots : « Une nuit de Paris réparera cela ». Quant au Samaritain, il ne cesse, depuis deux mille ans, de se pencher sur la détresse du blessé. Voilà trois personnages qui scandent trois âges de l’histoire.

Le premier, long, compte des milliards d’années. Réussissant à dater les événements dont elles s’occupent, les sciences contemporaines racontent le Grand Récit de l’univers, de la planète et des vivants, récit qui déploie nos conditions d’habitat et de nourriture, sans lesquels nous ne vivrions ni ne survivrions.

Pendant des milliers d’années, le deuxième, dur, répète cette guerre perpétuelle dont un chiffre bien documenté dit qu’elle occupa 90% de notre temps et de nos habiletés.

Quant au dernier, doux, il glorifie, depuis quelques décennies seulement, l’infirmière, le médecin, la biologiste dont les découvertes et les conduites redressèrent à la verticale la croissance de notre espérance de vie ; puis le négociateur, qui cherche la paix ; enfin l’informaticien qui fluidifie les relations humaines.

Histoire ou Utopie ? Il n’y a pas de philosophie de l’histoire sans un projet, réaliste et utopique. Réaliste : contre toute attente, les statistiques montrent que la majorité des humains pratiquent l’entraide plutôt que la concurrence. Utopique : puisque la paix devint notre souci, ainsi que la vie, tentons de les partager avec le plus grand nombre ; voilà un projet aussi réaliste et difficile qu’utopique, possible et enthousiasmant.

Professeur à l’université de Stanford, membre de l’Académie française, Michel Serres est l’auteur de nombreux essais philosophiques et d’histoire des sciences, dont les derniers, Petite Poucette (Le Pommier, 2012) et Le Gaucher boiteux (Le Pommier, 2015) ont été largement salués par la presse. Il est l’un des rares philosophes contemporains à proposer une vision du monde qui associe les sciences et la culture.

 

Mauro Carbone : Mobilité, visibilité, désir : le cinéma dans la réflexion de Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Lyotard (7-12-2016)

La section arts du département lettres et arts de l’ENS de Lyon accueillera une conférence de Mauro CARBONE, mercredi 7 décembre à 14h, salle Dutilleux :

Mobilité, visibilité, désir : le cinéma dans la réflexion de Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Lyotard

 

Mauro Carbone, spécialiste d’esthétique, est professeur de Philosophie à l’Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 et membre senior de l’Institut Universitaire de France. Il a été longuement Professeur d’Esthétique Contemporaine auprès de l’Università degli Studi de Milan.

Carbone est le fondateur ainsi que l’un des directeurs de la revue Chiasmi International. Publication trilingue autour de la pensée de Merleau-Ponty. Il dirige aussi la collection « L’œil et l’esprit. Esthétique, phénoménologie, textes plurilingues » auprès de la maison d’édition Mimésis (Milan-Paris). La pensée de Merleau-Ponty, dont il est l’un des plus importants spécialistes de sa génération, inspire entre autres La chair des images : Merleau-Ponty entre peinture et cinéma (Paris, Vrin, 2011 ; Albany, NY, SUNY Press, 2015 ; Shanghai, VI Horae, 2016, traduction japonaise en cours).

carbone_philosophieecransSes recherches actuelles sont focalisées sur les rapports entre l’expérience visuelle contemporaine et la philosophie à faire aujourd’hui. À ce sujet, parmi ses livres, il faut rappeler aussi Être morts ensemble : l’événement du 11 Septembre 2001 (Genève, MētisPresses, 2013) et Philosophie-écrans (Paris, Vrin, 2016 ; Milan, Raffaello Cortina, 2016).

 

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France 80, une terre d’accueil – un film de Bùi Xuân Quang

[ndlr] Film intéressant mis en ligne le 25 novembre 2016 sur la chaîne YouTube du réalisateur.

En 1980, le Haut Commissariat aux Réfugiés (HCR) a demandé à Bui Xuan Quang de réaliser un témoignage sur les réfugiés de l’ancienne Indochine. Voici  » France 80, une terre d’accueil », un regard à la fois objectif et personnel.

MSU Vietnam Group Archive : South Vietnam 1955-1962

[ndlr] Présentation en ligne du centre d’archives sur le Viêt-Nam de l’Université du Michigan (MSU, Michigan State University). Une mine pour la recherche sur la (première) République du Viêt-Nam 1955-1963.

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MSU Vietnam Group Archive

The MSU Vietnam Group Archive includes roughly 80,000 pages of digitized documents, maps, and images. Most of these materials date from 1955-1962, when Michigan State University led a range of US-funded technical assistance programs in South Vietnam for the purpose of producing a stable non-Communist ally in Southeast Asia.

These materials contain rare and valuable information about politics, economy, and society in South Vietnam during the critical decade from the country’s formation in 1954 to the intensification of the Vietnam War in the mid-1960s. During this time, MSU-led programs in rural development generated significant information about land tenure, crop yields, and market structures in South Vietnam’s rural areas. MSU’s training programs for new political administrators produced hundreds of detailed biographical files on South Vietnamese political classes, with information about their geographic origins, socio-economic backgrounds, and educational histories.  MSU’s police training programs generated detailed material about the structure and administration of the regime’s security forces. Finally, MSU officials also produced a range of research studies and training manuals, as well as collecting a significant amount of local materials such as newspaper clippings, election posters, photographs, and many others.

The MSU Vietnam Group Archive will give students and scholars greater insight into the study of the social and economic history of Vietnam, the transition from colonial to post-colonial states and economies, American development programs in the Cold War era, and the transformation of American higher education in the mid-twentieth century.

Source : Vietnam Project MSU

Philippe Olivera : « Dans la tête des poilus » (Conférence 2014)

[ndlr] Intervention de l’historien Philippe Olivera sur l’historiographie de la guerre de 1914-1918 et la littérature de témoignage : analyse de l’évolution de l’historiographie du témoignage de guerre et retour sur la controverse française sur la « culture de guerre » (école de Péronne). Présentation sur la chaîne de Jacques Paul.

Invité par la section rennaise de la Ligue des droits de l’Homme, l’Université Rennes II et l’association Histoire deux, l’historien Philippe Olivera démonte [les] dérives de la « nouvelle histoire », qui, depuis la disparition des derniers poilus, entend se mettre dans leur tête, et déformer voire contester leurs témoignages. Il souligne les enjeux historiques et politiques de cette « entreprise d’histoire à succès », d’histoire « décomplexée »… Une conférence salutaire et passionnante.

Pour en savoir plus :

Nguyen, Hai Hong : Political Dynamics of Grassroots Democracy in Vietnam [parution]

[ndlr] Avis de parution. Présentation de l’éditeur.

haihongnguyen_political-dynamicsofgrassroots-democracyinvietnamIn Political Dynamics of Grassroots Democracy in Vietnam, Hai Hong Nguyen investigates the correlation between independent variables and grassroots democracy to demonstrate that grassroots democracy has created a mutually empowering mechanism for both the party-state and the peasantry.

Hai Hong Nguyen is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia. He holds a Masters in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Lund University, Sweden, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Queensland, Australia. He has been teaching international human rights law, international relations, and politics in Vietnam and Australia.

Review :

‘Hai Hong Nguyen’s Political Dynamics of Grassroots Democracy in Vietnam is a path-breaking study of Vietnam’s attempt to apply its concept of grassroots democracy to local government in response to rural unrest in the late 1990s. Based on field work in Vietnam, it represents a major milestone in the study of politics in Vietnam and will be the foundation for all future studies on political change in Vietnam.’ – Carlyle A. Thayer, Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia

Source : Palgrave

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[Nguyen, Hai Hong est aussi le coauteur avec Pham Quang Minh d’un article récent sur le processus de démocratisation du Viêt-Nam :]

Hai Hong Nguyen and Minh Quang Pham. “Democratization in Vietnam’s Post-Doi Moi One-Party Rule: Change from Within, Change from the Bottom to the Top, and Possibilities”. In Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo, Boike Rehbien, and Surichai Wungaeo (Ed.), Globalization and Democracy in Southeast Asia: Challenges, Responses and Alternative Futures, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

The analysis in this chapter shows that Vietnam is undergoing a process of democratization that is driven by Đổi Mới. While the authors concur with many others that political reforms are taking place more slowly than economic liberalization, the authors contend that these reforms will eventually materialize. The question of regime change in Vietnam, from one-party rule to a multiparty system, lies beyond the scope of this chapter, as regime change is influenced by myriad factors, including citizens’ emotions.

The chapter focuses on 3 questions: (1) What are the reforms and actual changes that have taken place in Vietnam in the last three decades since the CPV officially introduced the Đổi Mới policy in the late 1980s? (2) How are these reforms and changes significant to the life of the people? (3) What are the latest developments that could have an impact on Vietnamese politics at present and in the future? The analysis, which focuses on three areas, namely economic liberalization, political reforms, and the emergence of civil society, shows that even under the rule of one single party, democratic institutions do exist and are continuously being reformed in order to respond to pressures from within society.

The authors argue that democratization is occurring in Vietnam’s one-party authoritarian regime, but it is strictly controlled and limited to cautious political experiments and reforms under pressure from within the party and society. Based on the analysis, the authors characterize this process as change from within, change from the bottom to the top, and slow but steady change, in contrast to democratization processes in other places that occur quickly but are unsustainable, perhaps even resulting in chaos. The authors label this process as democratization with Vietnamese characteristics.

Source : Palgrave

The Vietnam Center and Archive : “1967 – The Search for Peace”

[ndlr] Appel à communications.

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Conference Call for Papers and Panels
“1967: The Search for Peace”

April 28-29, 2017, Lubbock, Texas

 

The Vietnam Center and Archive and the newly-created Institute for Peace & Conflict (IPAC) at Texas Tech University are pleased to announce a conference focused on the year 1967 and the search for peace in Vietnam. We hope and expect in this conference to approach the events of 1967 in the broadest possible manner by hosting presentations not only on the antiwar and peace movements at home and abroad, but also on efforts to end the conflict through international diplomacy as well as military and diplomatic means in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Recent scholarship has focused on 1967 as a pivotal year in the Vietnam War, as the broad consensus that had supported the war in its early years started to break down and the country fractured over whether the United States could successfully achieve its stated objectives in Vietnam. In streets and on campuses across America, critics of the war demanded an immediate U.S. withdrawal—a position rejected by the Johnson administration as naïve and irresponsible. In April, Martin Luther King became the most famous opponent of the war, much to the chagrin of President Johnson. Behind closed doors, an increasing number of officials within the administration began to question official U.S. strategy and they looked for ways to change course. In May, the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) was created to hopefully “pacify” the rural areas controlled by NLF and PAVN troops, and win the “hearts and minds” of the villagers. In a speech in San Antonio in September of that year, President Johnson offered to suspend the bombing campaign in exchange for concessions from North Vietnam, prefiguring his more famous offer of a bombing pause announced in the wake of the Tet Offensive the following year. Meanwhile, a force increase to 480,000 troops, operations such as Cedar Falls, Junction City and Rolling Thunder had not defeated the will of the enemy to continue fighting. The depth of this divide behind closed doors was perhaps symbolized most profoundly by the resignation of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara that fall. While this conference will reflect upon the 50th anniversary of all of the events that took place during that critical year, we also encourage the submission of papers and panels that will address the theme of peace over the course of the war from as many perspectives as possible.

This two-day conference will be hosted at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas. Conference organizers welcome both individual presentation proposals as well as pre-organized panel proposals that include two to three presentations. Conference sessions will follow the standard 90-minute format to include 60 minutes for presentations and 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations by veterans are especially encouraged as are presentations by graduate students. Graduate student travel grants will be made available to select students.

Proposal submission deadline is January 15, 2017. Please submit a 250 word abstract and separate two-page CV/resume to 1967vietnamconference@gmail.com. The program committee of Justin Hart, Dave Lewis, Steve Maxner, Laura Calkins, and Ron Milam will evaluate all paper proposals and develop a program that reflects the many remarkable aspects of 1967. If submitting a panel proposal, please include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker.

Thank you for your interest in participating in this conference.

Source : Steve Maxner / VSG

‘Hồn Tử Sĩ, Nghĩa Trang Quân Đội Biên Hòa’ [DVD]

[ndlr] Annonce de la sortie du DVD consacré à la mémoire des soldats de la République du Viêt-Nam et du cimetière de l’armée à Bien Hoa dans lequel ils reposent.

dvd_hontusiWESTMINSTER, California (NV) – Vào trưa Chủ Nhật, 13 Tháng Mười Một, các nhà văn Trần Phong Vũ, Huy Phương, cựu quân nhân QLVNCH Ngô Chí Thiềng cùng ca sĩ Ngọc Đan Thanh sẽ tổ chức một buổi giới thiệu DVD “Hồn Tử Sĩ, Nghĩa Trang Quân Đội Biên Hòa” tại Westminster Civic Center.

Lire la suite : Người Việt, 09/11/2016.

Billy Noseworthy : a few words to introduce Chamstudies.net

[ndlr] Présentation du site de recherche dédié aux études sur le Champa. Billet publié avec l’aimable autorisation de son auteur.

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Chamstudies.net website is committed to the preservation and promotion of the cultural values of the Champa civilization, and serves as a space for the dissemination of research in the field of Cham studies. With this in mind, Chamstudies.net actively circulates collections of scholarly resources and short essays, as well as information pertaining to conferences and scholarships.

isvanchampaChamstudies.net is the brainchild of Isvan Champa (MA Hawai’i, current PhD student at the University of Queensland).

Isvan had been running a Vietnamese academic site « Young Anthropologists » after he completed his Masters at Hawai’I and returned to Vietnam to begin a significant body of fieldwork on Austronesian ethnic minorities. When I say significant, I mean that his mastery of languages quickly jumped from English, Vietnamese and Cham, to the inclusion of four others: Raglai, Churu, Ede and Jarai.

When I first met Isvan we had shared the idea of starting a new academic journal that would address the need of bringing Cham studies to readership who were themselves Cham in Vietnam. Such a journal did not exist at the time. There was the literary serial Tagalauand the almost entirely historical-studies focused Champaka. Neither was focused on bringing together Champa and Cham studies into a single multidisciplinary project, a la Journal of Vietnamese Studies, however, which we upheld as a model. In 2012 « Young Anthropologists » was going strong and I joined the founding editorial board of TapukBhapRohDuahIlimo Cam (Journal of Cham Studies) in 2012.

TapukBhapRohDuahIlimo Cam is primarily an academic journal, published in Vietnamese, in Vietnam, although the journal has included English and Japanese abstracts of the articles published. It is produced by the Cham-UNESCO research center in Ho Chi Minh City, and bridges the gap between the popular scholarly output of the Cham community and Vietnamese language academic publishing. Primarily headed by the efforts of Sakaya (Dr. Truong Van Mon), the center also published a Cham-Vietnamese-English 16,000-word dictionary in 2014, which I was one among a number of co-authors on. Later in 2014, Dr. Toshihiko Shine & Sakaya published a Japanese version of the same dictionary.

As Tagalau, TapukBhapRohDuahIlimo Cam and Champakawere already covering the necessary journal publication markets for Champa and Cham studies, Isvan saw a new problem, however. There were still many scholars of Champa and the Cham who were working outside of Vietnam who weren’t using the works of those inside, and vice versa. The main problem was access. Print materials could be brought in and out, but shipping and transportation were tedious means of exchanging knowledge. Chamstudies.net was founded to mitigate that problem in 2015.

On the initial board of Chamstudies.net Isvan invited myself and Julie T. Underhill, as we were graduate students and researchers covering substantially different topics in the field. We then invited Dr. Mohammend Bin Abdul Effendy (NUS, Singapore) and Dave Paulson (PhD, candidate, Temple) to join us. Currently the website features presentations in Vietnamese, Malay, English of new articles, links to downloadable and more difficult to find resources, announcements for scholarships, profiles of researchers and more. We have particularly been focusing on circulating announcements that will allow other students and young researchers from Vietnam to study abroad. When Isvan was admitted to the University of Queensland this was a major break for all of us, and we hope that more students will be able to bridge the research gap by working across borders in the Americas, Europe and the Pacific, as well as Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia.

The main features of the website, as it stands, are collections of your standards area of Art and Literature, Culture, History, Language, and Religion. Although we also have a substantial media collection, and a worthwhile « Network » section that will give you a sense of the field of Cham Studies. While there are many websites that feature articles on the Cham, ours is the only one that hosts a substantive amount of English, Vietnamese, Cham and Malay language material. We welcome French and Cambodian material as well, and have been working with many Cham studies scholars in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, France, Japan and the United States to expand our collections.

Should you have any questions, OR wish to contribute something, please don’t hesitate to contact: chamstudies2015@gmail.com.

billynoseworthyBilly Noseworthy, grad student, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Image « à la une » : La tour Cham Thap Poshaknu Cham près de Mũi Né – Wikipédia 2005

La décolonisation et la guerre vécues par les populations du Viêt-Nam, du Laos et du Cambodge