From the left d. : Florent Pigeon, President of Jean Monnet University, Larry F. Norman, Doctor Honoris Causa of Jean Monnet University, Christelle Bahier Porte, Vice-President for Research of Jean Monnet University and Gabriele Fioni, Vice-Rector for Higher Education, Research and Innovation Auvergne-Rhône- Alpes academic region.
Jean Monnet University presented an Honorary Doctorate to Professor Larry F. Norman of the University of Chicago on December 7, 2022, in a ceremony under the banner of literature and the arts. Later, Larry F. Norman offered a lecture to the public, which was followed by a round table discussion around the ARTS institute.
The ceremony, chaired by Mr. Gabriele Fioni, vice-rector for higher education, research and innovation of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Academic Region, led by the president of the university, Florent Pigeon, took place at the Modern Museum. and Contemporary Art in Saint-Étienne. Larry F. Norman, a distinguished person for his academic and scientific career, was awarded an honorary doctorate.
The Honorary Doctorate degree indicates the recognition of a University to an extraordinary scientific, intellectual, artistic or political figure who marks the era with his creativity, works or scientific products.
Larry F. Norman, Professor, University of Chicago
Larry F. Norman, professor of Romance languages and literature, is recognized in the academic world for the excellence of his research in the history of theater, literature, and the history of ideas of 17th and 18th centuries in France.
Larry F. Norman joins the University of Chicago as an associate professor after studying French literature between France and the United States.
Since 2011, he has been a professor, and in 2014 he became the owner of the Franck L Sulzberger Chair as a professor of Romance languages and literatures, theater and performance studies.
In 2019, he was named Distinguished Service Professor by the University of Chicago, a scientific title given to professors who have distinguished themselves for their services to their universities and their countries.
His research is particularly interested in early modern French literature (16th and 18th centuries) and the theater of the classical period, with a focus on the 18th century, and the way literary history and the history of ideas were formed. built.
As vice president of the University of Chicago, Larry F. Norman also helped establish the Center for Creative and Performing Arts, which became the Logan Center for the Arts. Collaborating with a wide range of cultural institutions designed to serve the creative life of the university campus and the city of Chicago, the center has a mission to advance artistic practice and teach the arts and arts studies.
“The Controversy of the Ancients and the Moderns: The Case of Molière” conference offered by Larry NORMAN
During the conference, Professor Norman shared his research on French literature, especially “The Controversy of Ancients and Moderns: The Case of Moliere”. He develops an original approach by combining the study of the plays with the analysis of the unique relationship Moliere established with his audience. He proposes a re-reading of the conflict between the ancients and the moderns in what he perceives as a real intellectual conflict, valuing each above its opposites, as opposed to a purely polemical “controversy”. ‘, i.e. current literature on the role of culture and its transmission.
Round table of ARTS Institute and partner institutions
Later, the actors of the ARTS Institute (Arts Research Territorial Knowledge) met in a round table to take inventory of the project that connects the University’s laboratories and faculties with various art institutions from 2019. territory, around a common issue, art.
Actors and partners of ARTS Institute gathered around the round table
Directed by Zoe Schweitzer and Anne Damon and coordinated by Cécile Josse, the ARTS institute brings together within the first circle of higher education and cultural institutions in the area: the National School of Architecture of Saint-Etienne (ENSASE), the Ecole Saint-Étienne and the Urban School of Art and Design ( ESADSE-Cité), Comédie de Saint-Étienne – Saint-Étienne Higher School of Dramatic Arts and Center National Drama Theater -, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMC+), Saint-Étienne Museum of Art and Industry and Mining Park-Museum.
The institute also federates other cultural institutions in the region: le Fil, Ensemble Orchestra, Cinémathèque de Saint-Étienne and galleries such as L’assault de la Menuiserie or Les limbes. The diversity of these partners enables the area to be subtly integrated and offers many opportunities for collaboration.
Born from the desire to strengthen the pre-existing links of Jean Monnet University’s culture and cultural institutions with national higher education schools, ARTS aims to facilitate exchanges between these various institutions dedicated to training, research or creation. Its mission is to create a real intellectual and creative dynamic through the implementation of academic projects or special activities that call on the arts – architecture, digital art, visual arts, design, literature, music, theater – to represent, understand and transform. modern world. Benefitting from sophisticated and thoughtful multidisciplinarity, as well as the existence of a productive continuum between research, teaching and creativity, the ARTS institute supports projects across a variety of themes and formats.
Among the developed measures, we can mention in particular:
- “Art and the Anthropocene” international research project ECLLA and EVS labs at UJM and several partners, ESADSE and MAMC+. The project culminated in a workshop, symposium, and publication at Hermann in fall 2022.
- “Fair steel” exhibition, The result of the collaboration between ESADSE’s IRD Laboratory and Master Altervilles “Forms and tools of research in social sciences”. It shows work on documentary photography and its uses as a result of three study days organized at the University in 2021. This collaboration is illustrated by the Biennale du Design exhibition in Saint-Etienne, which is currently ongoing with a project with São Paulo.
- Actions in favor of the development of practices facilitating the integration of students into professional life, especially through the presentation of student work during exhibitions, such as “In the Showcase! on the Tréfilerie Campus. The institute also encourages students to advance doctoral contractsespecially “research and practice” and “research and creativity” as well CIFRE abstracts.
- ARTS also means a two-year call for projects, 56 accepted projects and 36 supported projects, as well as a contribution to the Biennale du design in 2022 or the identification of two intersecting scientific themes: “art, childhood, territory” and “living, found, imagined do.”
In the coming months, ARTS Institute has great projects waiting for it : Signing of an agreement between the University and partner institutions in early 2023; creating a digital platform that connects research and education, resources and projects; implementation of a training program through research and innovation (ANR-SFRI); or strengthening European and international cooperation.
Photos by Laurent Carpentier