The Center for Research on the Imaginary of Grenoble (CRI) was founded on 2 December 1966 by Léon Cellier, Paul Deschamps and Gilbert Durand. This colloquium, fifty years to the day after its creation, aims to examine the contemporary theoretical and conceptual issues of the interdisciplinary object that constitutes the imaginary. Today, science and technology have adopted the concept, both to combat desiccating positivism and to find the sources of a "philosophy of innovation".
At the same time, the human and social sciences grasp the question and the practice of narrative in order to refound itself. The technological, political and epistemic upheavals in our societies are also conducive to the "return" of the imaginary, in the academic sense as well as in the usual sense (and it will also be necessary to analyze the uses of the term). The three-and-a-half-day colloquium will thus aim to re-situate Gilbert Durand's work in the light of his own time and to produce a synthesis, hitherto unpublished, of the fortune of Concept of "imaginary" in the preceding years and which accompany the assertion of "imagination in power".
On the other hand, it will be a question of making an inventory of the actuality of the research on the imaginary and the perspectives that open up to think the world of tomorrow. The symposium has the particularity of being internationally recognized (thanks to the very active CRI2i network, of which the Grenoble IRC is a co-founder), while being very strongly anchored at regional and metropolitan level. It is being developed in collaboration with the LLSETI of Savoie Mont Blanc University, where IRC was created, and will be held at both sites.
It is also the fruit of meetings between researchers from diverse disciplines within the universities and schools of the site, who wanted to question the convergence of their stakes and their research practices. The hypothesis of an "alpine crucible", forged in the 1970s and still active, will be submitted to the reflection of researchers who have passed through the site's institutions over several generations, around major works published by researchers at our universities. This fiftieth anniversary colloquium deliberately adopted an original form, favoring dialogue in its most varied forms (time for discussion after conferences, workshops, dialogue discussions, round tables, shared readings, poster sessions, urban crossings), to make These anniversary days a constructive and dynamic state of the place.