26 January
  • Welcome Remarks: TOGETHER

    18:00-18:30 -
     
    Catherine Colonna, French Ambassador to the UK, will launch the Night of Ideas 2021. This new edition will focus on what “Together” means today.
     
    With



  • Feeling for Others

    18:35-19:35 - Debate
     
    The health crisis we are experiencing has produced new practices of sociability, a
    need for more inclusiveness and a call for compassion. What are the new solidarities that have emerged? To what extent can feeling or caring for others change our way of life?

     
    With

    • Tinneke Beeckman, Philosopher of Moral Science & Writer
    • Sandra Laugier, Philosopher in Gender Studies and Ethics of Care, Sorbonne University
    • Christie Watson, Former Nurse & Author of The Courage To Care: A Call For Compassion

    Chaired by Rachel Cooke, Journalist & Columnist for The Observer



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  • Lonely Together

    19:40-20:40 - Debate
     
    Social media bring individuals together, opening them up to the world while enclosing them in bubbles of mimetic identification. Digital networks can increase social withdrawal, but it has also proved to be a unique way to combat lockdown loneliness. Can we be emotionally connected in the digital world?

     

    With

    Chaired by Tim Markham, Professor of Journalism and Media, Birkbeck College, University of London



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  • “Un film dramatique”

    20:45- 22:45 - Film
    Film
    FRA | 2019 | 120 mins | dir. Éric Baudelaire | in French with EN sub
     
    For four years French artist Éric Baudelaire regularly met with students from the film group at Dora Maar middle school in Saint-Denis in the North of Paris. Compiling individual and communally-made film footage, Un film dramatique – which won Baudelaire the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2019 – features the students’ insights on their young lives. Time for them to grow together, time to find the form of a film in which they would be the true subjects: its characters, its authors and its promise.

     
    £2 | ⏯️ Watch it online on 26 Jan

    In partnership with the Centre national des arts plastiques



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    27 January
  • Learning (Décolonisations)

    18:30-19:30 - Film - Episode 1
    Film
    FRA/BEL | 2020 | 52mins | dir.s Karim Miské, Marc Ball & Pierre Singaravélou | In English
     
    A three-part documentary series, Décolonisations brings a new understanding of colonisation through the point of view of the colonised. Made over several years and using a trove of archival footage and sound, each episode highlights the role of famous and lesser known figures who, from Asia to Africa, have organised their own form of resistance to the empire. From the Indian rebellion of Cipayes in 1857 to the trial of the Mau Mau descendents in Kenya in 2013, this impressive work gives us a renewed understanding of the struggles of women and men often ignored by history books, who changed the course of history in their own community.
     
    Episode 1: Learning (L’apprentissage)
     
    From the 1857 Sepoy Rebellion to the astonishing Republic of the Rif put in place between 1921 and 1926 by Abdelkrim el-Khattab in Morocco, the first episode, L’apprentissage (Learning), shows that resistance, in other words decolonisation, started even before the conquest itself.

     
    £2 | ⏯️ Watch it online on 27 Jan

    In partnership with Arte
     



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  • Old Empires and New Umpires

    19:35-20:35 - Debate
    A half-century of post-colonial studies has enshrined the idea that empires have essentially undermined societies around the world and left psychological scars that may never heal. Contemporary anti-imperialists construe colonial empires as historical singularities that mankind has a moral duty not to replicate. Yet, aren’t we witnessing a rebirth of imperialist temptations whose raison d’être seems more acceptable only because they are the product of new regional powers?

     
    With

    • Pierre Singaravélou, Historian & Professor of contemporary history, Sorbonne University
    • Samir Puri, Senior Fellow, Singapore’s International Institute for Strategic Studies
    • Olivette Otele, Professor of history of slavery and memory of enslavement, University of Bristol

    Chaired by Natalya Vince, Historian & Reader in North African and French Studies, University of Portsmouth



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  • Liberation (Décolonisations)

    20:40-21:35 - Film - Episode 2
    Film
    FRA/BEL | 2020 | 53 mins | dir.s Karim Miské, Marc Ball & Pierre Singaravélou | In English
     
    The second episode of the Décolonisations docu-series, Liberation (La Libération), is that of confrontations taking place between 1927 and 1954, whether through the words of the Algerian writer Kateb Yacine who, at 15, discovers, with the 1945 Sétif Massacre, that the new French Republican values are unequally applied, or that of poet Sarojini Naidu, close to Gandhi, who will see her dreams of fraternity fall apart with the bloodbath of the 1947 partition of India. Thus a wave of resistance emerges, leading to the independence of almost all colonies in the 1960s.
     

     
    £2 | ⏯️ Watch it online on 27 Jan

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  • The World is Ours (Décolonisations)

    21:40-22:35 - Film - Episode 3
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    FRA/BEL | 2020 | 52mins | dir.s Karim Miské, Marc Ball & Pierre Singaravélou | In English
     
    This third episode of the Décolonisations docu-series, The World is Ours (Le Monde est à nous), presents us events and characters active between the era of independence and that of post-colonies, between 1956 and 2013. It opens with the words of renowned French psychiatrist, philosopher and activist Frantz Fanon, who will go underground and join the National Liberation Front during the Algerian war of independence.

     
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    28 January
  • Living with One Another

    18:05-19:05 - Debate
    Now that the UK is not a member of the EU anymore, maybe it’s time to question the European identity. Is the idea of “nation” back on tracks or are there new forms of social cohesion, a new sense of belonging and citizenship? Where do younger generations place their hopes? What do we mean when we say “we” on a political level?

     

    With

    • Stephen Clark, Director for the European Parliament Liaison Offices at European Parliament
    • Robert Tombs, Historian & Author, Cambridge University
    • Ulrike Guérot, Head of the Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems
    • Louis Williams, Author of An Optimist’s Brexit: A Millennial’s Vision

    Chaired by Matthew Parris, Former MP, Writer & Broadcaster



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  • Speaking to Each Other

    19:10-20:10 - Debate
     
    The social fabric is being ripped apart by violent forms of intolerance. The increasing number of conflicts born of intellectual oppositions often lead to radicalisation that affects us all. How can we produce a genuine debate of ideas while avoiding intolerance, exclusion or ideological conformism? Is free speech still a right?

     

    With

    Chaired by Philippe Sands, Professor of Law, University College London



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    29 January
  • Looking at Others

    18:00-19:00 - Debate
    History of art can be read as an objectification of women. In this aspect, the “female gaze” we can now experience in some contemporary works of art is a real revolution, literally giving voice to the voiceless. But as we fight against old and rooted stereotypes, isn’t there a risk of creating new ones?

     

    With

    • Fatoş Üstek, Curator, Author & former Director of the Liverpool Biennial
    • Laure Prouvost, Visual Artist
    • Camille Morineau, Art Curator & Co-founder and Director of AWARE (Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions)

    Chaired by Hilary Robinson, Professor of Feminism, Art, and Theory, Loughborough University



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  • Different Together

    19:05-20:05 - Debate
    Racial discrimination has been an awful part of European history. Successive waves of national emancipation and progressive laws have slowly built a theoretically inclusive society of equals, regardless of race or origin. However, aren’t Africa and the people (wrongly or duly) associated to it still objectified in European discourse, be it artistic or political?

     

    With

    • Éric Baudelaire, Artist & Filmmaker Un Film Dramatique (Prix Marcel Duchamp 2019)
    • Pap NDiaye, Author & Professor of history, Sciences Po Paris
    • Chi-Chi Nwanoku, Founder, Artistic & Executive Director of Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Junior Orchestra
    • Patrice Naiambana, African Performing Artist & Founder of Tribal Soul Arts

    Chaired by Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Journalist & Columnist for The Telegraph



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  • Closing Concert

    20:10-20:40 - Online
     
    2020 Diaphonique laureate French composer, musician and producer Angèle David-Guillou will close the Night of Ideas with original music from her albums released on Village Green. “I approach instruments lyrically, thinking about the meaning of what’s being said. I need to hear an instrument speaking. I’m always thinking about this as I write music.”
      
    The programme includes:

      Vraisemblance (‘En Mouvement’)
      Anti Atlas (‘Kourouma’)
      L’Enfer C’est Les Autres (‘Kourouma’)
      Forgetting Trees (‘A Question of Angles’)
      Too Much Violence (‘En Mouvement’)

     

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  • “Un film dramatique”

    21:00- 23:00 - Film
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    FRA | 2019 | 120 mins | dir. Éric Baudelaire | in French with EN sub
     
    For four years French artist Éric Baudelaire regularly met with students from the film group at Dora Maar middle school in Saint-Denis in the North of Paris. Compiling individual and communally-made film footage, Un film dramatique – which won Baudelaire the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2019 – features the students’ insights on their young lives. Time for them to grow together, time to find the form of a film in which they would be the true subjects: its characters, its authors and its promise.

     
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