May 2019 Culture and society

Read the articles selected in May 2019

L’apocalypse selon Jirm Jarmush

Source: Le Temps, 15 May

The Dead don’t die by Jim Jarmush is a story of zombies and policemen which begins getting out of the canons. A narrative genre codified and closed to any  trascendental trasfigurations, but thanks to the humour, the mechanisms of the citations and the mix of genre builds a deregulated narration about our fears.

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Le “ManifesteCyborg”, ou l’invention d’une histoire féministe

By Paloma Soria Brown

Source: Libération, 14 May

A collective work retraces the history and the ideas of Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifest, which has used from a feminist point of view the relation between human and new technologies to subvert the c Western conceptual categories that have legitimated the power relations and founded the social control.

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Art contemporain

By Valérie Duponchelle & Béatrice de Rochebouët

Source: Le Figaro, 11 May

New energy goes through the Venice Biennale, which excludes from its setting up the market of the art and opens the doors to topics like the migrations. But whether the use of certain categories recurring in the  aesthetic communication gives breath or not to a renovated sensitivity is decided only by the spectator. 

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Warum Schönheit überall anders klingt

By Doris Griesser

Source: Der Standard, 15 May

At the Graz University , a symposium of experts from all the world on the musical etnoesthetic has wanted to overcome the eurocentrism of the musical aesthetic as a discipline, looking for the universal criterions that give shape and emotion to a melody, as well as the social factors that model the tastes.

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Peurs bleues et idées vertes

By Thibaut Sardiers

Source: Libération, 9 May

Fear, anxiety, melancholy, are the dominant  moods in the perception of climate change, the driver of the environmentalist movements. Taking into account the collective fear and transforming it in hope is a task of modern democracies, in their function to represent the popular sovranity.

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What the Lefkandi textile reveals about the Greek Dark Ages

Source: The Economist, 4 April

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens shows the Lefkandi textile, a piece of a burial site found on the island of Eubae, which sheds light on the Greek civilisation around 950 BC, in the dark intermezzo between the palace-based civilisation around 1150 BC and the city-states from 800 BC onward.

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La Anunciación, como la pintó Fra Angelico

By Ángeles García

Source: El País, 9 May

The Annunciazione by Fra Angelico, restored with its original beauty and mistic light after an expensive restoration, will be exposed in the Museum of Prado from 28 May to 15 September in an exhibition dedicated to Fra Angelico and the beginning of the Florence Renaissance.

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De Copernic à Galilée, l’union fait la science

By Laurent Jauffrin

Source: Libération, 2 May

The history of science belongs to the history of Europe, and this wouldn't have been done without the intense exchanges between scientists and artists, that through the expansion of the knowledge have created one cultural identity and one common civilization.

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Charlemagne, grand-père de l’Europe unie

By Laurent Jauffrin

Source: Libération, 30 April


Charlemagne has been the first symbol of the European unity, which conjugated the ties between the royal families with the administrative uniformity and the religious homogeneity. The Europe of the cathedrals, the cloisters and the universities represents the legacy of a common civilization, anterior to the newborn nations.

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Francois Reynaert: “ Il y a bel et bien une histoire européenne”

By Thibaut Sardier

Source: Libération, 29 April

The European Union is not such an artificial building, but it has a natural reason. The medieval christianity has been at its heart and its glue, and the whole history of the continent shows that being for Europe is not a declaration of blind pacifism, but of prudent rationalism.

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Europe: se projeter plutot que se protéger!

By Jean-Dominique Giuliani

Source: Les Echos, 19 April

In 75 years of history, Europe has built a continent where peace, democracy and prosperity have guaranteed  its citizens such a quality of life and protected rights that are even contested from outside. The comeback of the Power States mustn’t make us lose the vision of the future which has been the key of our success.

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The era of a protective Europe is dawning

Source: The Economist, 13 April

The European mission to protect its citizens, the declared reason of the recent Franco-German industrial pact, risks to harm the economic freedom, the competitiveness and the openness of Europe’s space. In the new international scenario, European is looking its way to ensure its sovereignity, security and stability.

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