Conférence « What is the Imagined North? Ethical Principles »

Daniel Chartier (cochercheur CRILCQ, UQAM) donnera la conférence « What is the Imagined North? Ethical Principles ». L’événement se tiendra le 8 février 2024, dès 15h30, au IMRC Center de l’Université du Maine.


The North has been imagined and represented for centuries by artists and writers of the Western world, which has led, over time and the accumulation of successive layers of discourse, to the creation of an “imagined North” – ranging from the “North” of Scandinavia, Greenland, Russia, to the “Far North” or the poles. Westerners reached the North Pole only a century go, which makes the “North” the product of a double perspective: an outside one – made especially of Western images – and an inside one – that of Northern cultures (Inuit, Sami, Cree, etc.). The first are often simplified and the second, ignored. If we wish to understand what the “North” is in an overall perspective, we must ask ourselves two questions: how do images define the North, and which ethical principles should govern how we consider Northern cultures in order to have a complete view (including, in particular, those that have been undervalued by the South)? In this presentation, Daniel Chartier, Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal and Director of the International Laboratory for Research on Images of the North, Winter and the Arctic, will address these two questions, first by defining what is the imagined North and then by proposing an inclusive program to “recomplexify” the cultural Arctic.

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jeudi 08 février 2024, 15:30
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