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French Natures: Conference & Festival

Organized by Frédérique Aït-Touati (CNRS, EHESS, Sciences Po) and Phillip John Usher (NYU)

As Emmanuel Macron’s call to “make the planet great again” reminds us, there is a cultural aspect to climate change — each culture maps its understanding of the physical world (nature, physis) in different ways. This conference-festival titled French Natures thus asks: What do French and Francophone literature, film, visual art, theater, and philosophy make of our planet? How can they help us understand our world marked by environmental catastrophe?