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The Night of Ideas - La Nuit des Idées

From 30 January 2020 18:00 to 31 January 2020 00:00

The Institut français d’Ecosse is taking part in the Night of Ideas, a project launched by the Institut français in 2016 and staged simultaneously in Paris, London, Edinburgh and worldwide on 30th January 2020.

Join us for the Night of Ideas, a thought-provoking programme of FREE debates, talks and screenings! Crossing French, British and European perspectives, this new edition will engage audiences in free debates with the theme ALIVE as the common thread to tackle the latest ideas behind issues central to our times.

For more information, check out La Nuit des Idées Official UK Website. ⠀


La Nuit des Idées aka The Night of Ideas
Thursday, 30 January 2020 | 6:00pm onwards
English and French Event
Free & Open to all

Download our Night of Ideas 2020 Events Programme

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6 - 6:15 pm, Hall, 1st Floor - Opening Reception: La Consule générale de France in Edinburgh and Glasgow and Director of the Institut français d’Écosse Laurence Païs will launch the Night of Ideas.

6 pm, Salle Boulez - Visual arts exhibition “Alive!” (30 Jan - 9 Feb)
Curated by a group of MA/MFA Illustration students, Alive displays their own take on ‘alive’, using a large variety of illustrative methods; from traditional printing processes such as lithography to digitally draw.

6:15 - 6:45 pm, Salle Angoulême - Debate: Les joutes oratoires performed by six students of the Edinburgh University

6:45 - 7:00 pm, Salle Angoulême - Talk: The Ethics of Food: is veganism the answer? by Christina Rebh

7:00 - 7:15 pm, Salle Angoulême - Talk: Human rights in Calais: a grassroot approach to the refugee crisis by Mikaela Loach

6:45 pm - 7:20 pm, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard - Documentary: Le pays des sourds by Nicolas Philibert (French + English subtitles) - How do you see the world when you live in silence and communicate with signs? Discover this world where touch and look have a different meaning.

7:30 - 8:20 pm, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard - Talk: Shark Attack! Again by Melissa McCarthy (English) - Reintroduction of the shark – that concentration of fear, teeth, and sudden death – as our vital companion in the arts of reading and being alive. Carving a trail past the football Zidane, the literary genre of the newspaper obituary, and the optical biology of the great white, she proposes that we adopt the philosophical position of the surfer: in perfect balance, trying time and time again, gliding through the turbulence. The aim: to be truly alive, though the creature constantly threatens, just beyond the mirror of the sea.

8:30 - 9:20 pm, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard - Talk: Napoleon Lives! Performance and Resurrection in Nineteenth-Century French Napoleon Plays by Dr. Laura O’Brien (English) - In late 1830, a Parisian newspaper described the latest theatrical trends and the surge of plays dealing with revolutionary and imperial history, commenting: ‘It is going to rain Napoleon Bonapartes on our theatres.’ And rain it did: the nineteenth century saw the growth of a craze for ersatz Napoleons to take the French stage, sating a popular desire for a glimpse of Napoleon, and to see the Emperor ‘live’ long after his death on Saint Helena in 1821. This talk explores the growth of the ‘Napoleon play’ in nineteenth-century France, and how these performances sought to make Napoleon ‘live again’, particularly the role of actors in bringing Bonaparte back to life. The talk also highlights the contemporary resonances of this phenomenon: why are performances of real people, whether on stage or in biopics, so perennially popular? Why do audiences long to see famous figures, whether historical personalities or celebrities, live again before their eyes? And how do our ‘resurrections’ of the famous dead relate to their contemporary social and political contexts?

9:30 - 10 pm, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard - Documentary: Ondes noires by Ismaël Joffroy-Chandoutis (French + English subtitles) - In an ultra-connected society, three people intolerant of electromagnetic radiation share how they are surviving in this world that appears more and more restrictive.

10-10:30 pm, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard - Documentary: Lo Pastre by Greta Loesch (French + English subtitles) - The struggling journey of a young shepherd who tries to perpetuate traditional living and savoir-faire.

10:30 pm, Hall (1st Floor) - A Toast : Closing drinks

Institut français d’Ecosse
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and the Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard are fully accessible with step-free access available at West Parliament Square and George IV Bridge.

This event is free for members, but booking is strongly recommended.
Book directly online via our platform or via Eventbrite. Alternatively, contact us at 0131 285 6030 or send a mail to ifecosse.edimbourg-cslt diplomatie.gouv.fr

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