The programme Fabula in theory in two theoretical tables shakes the state of human vulnerability and sensitivity. How to consider the individual and the society, how we treat vulnerable groups, minorities and their life circumstances, how small and brittle are we when faced with the all-encompassing system, and how vulnerable can we allow ourselves to be in this time of inhumaneness and social apathy just some of the questions we will be looking for together with one of the greatest French authors of our time, Didier Eribon, and currently the most outstanding name in Nigerian literature, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who has won over both Anglophone and the general public.
In a lecture by the French sociologist and philosopher Didier Eribon (1953), we will face issues of social class, sexuality, intellectual community and the complex, often conflicting confluence of social and psychological identity.The conversation with the author will also be related to the Slovenian translation of his major work, Returning to Reims (Cf*, 2022), which begins with the authors return to the city he fled as soon as possible and without looking back. The weaving of his autobiography and a the tectonic social movement of his thoughts paint the image of the problematisation of the working class, the helplessness and power of the political left, and the importance of fighting for your own (and basic human) rights, but never at the expense of rejecting others or favouring your own identity. The author built his academic career all across the globe, as a sociology professor in Amiens, and as guest professor at the Californian University of Berkeley, the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, the Harvard and the Yale, and the New York University and the University of Columbia. He drew international attention with his socially engaged autobiography Return to Reims (2009), in which he describes the fracturing of the French society. His work Insult and the Making of the Gay Self (1999) became a classic and one of the founding texts of queer studies. Among his latest published works we can find La société comme verdict (2013) and Principes d’une pensée critique (2016).
In collaboration with the *cf publishing house, Fabula is proud to present a Slovenian translation of Return to Reims.
The talk will be held in French with translation into Slovenian provided.