Conférences

Continuing Education Conferences at the University : Conférences Université à Tout Âge

Université Gustave Eiffel offers themed conferences in French to adults looking to gain training, information and culture, and keen to learn and share new knowledge.

These conferences are free and accessible to all, with no age or education requirement.

This season’s themes:

  • Outside Europe
  • Women and Gender
  • The Environment
  • Representation, Images and Design
  • Current Issues
  • Services and the Industry

Conferences are held at the Cité Descartes, in the auditorium of the Georges Perec Library from 1.45pm to 4pm.

The number of people attending conferences is limited, and registration is free, so please sign up before noon, the Friday preceding the conference.

Depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 health crisis, the conferences might be offered online or cancelled.

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Programme

This conference gives an overview of the Brazilian construction of a myth of a culturally mixed nation which is therefore a stranger to racism. We will try to understand how this country, in which slavery was central until very recently (abolition of slavery in 1888) and in which skin colour continues to play a role in terms of social status, exposure to violence or the likelihood of being imprisoned, has been able to profoundly base its national identity on the imaginary belief of a “racial democracy”. 

Theme: Outside Europe

Speaker: Maud Chirio

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Should we consider South America as a civilisation area or rather, as a medley of cultural areas? The individuation of this region of the world must be considered within a global perspective, at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia.

Theme: Outside Europe

Speaker: Georges Lomné 

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“A good marriage, if it exists, must refuse the company and the conditions of love”, said Montaigne (Essais, 1580). What were the rules of the matrimonial game and how did one choose a spouse? What do we know about the sexuality of the French at the time of the Ancien Régime, marked by religious reforms and the Age of Enlightenment? 

Theme: Women and Gender

Speaker: Diane Roussel

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Women have a history: a history of fighting for their rights - gained, taken away and fought for -, a history of standing up against discrimination, a history of engagement for equality within the household, family, business or the city, for the right to vote, to access education, to defend oneself and to be in charge of one’s body. Workers and women of the bourgeoisie have fought alike. Heterosexual and lesbian women. Women in cities and women in colonies. They have fought regardless of skin colour or origins. 

The conference will outline feminist battles from the French Revolution to the current #MeToo movement, following the paths of Louise Michel, Michèle Halimi, as well as so many other forgotten women: tricoteuses, the women of 1848, pétroleuses, suffragettes, and more, including the women who put posters up against femicide at night, showing how these often unrecognised or silenced fights are interconnected across centuries.

Theme: Women and Gender

Speaker: Mathilde Larrère

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This presentation aims to question the origins of sex differences noticeable in mobility behaviour, especially in terms of accidents. What are the causes of the over-representation of men in serious and fatal accidents? Should we look for these within the field of biology, evolution, or are they an expression of gender, i.e. an expression of the social constructions linked to each sex?

Theme: Women and Gender

Speaker: Marie-Axelle Granié

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We will first look at the specific characters of mineral resources, whose uneven distribution across the world has been at the root of commercial trade for millions of years (salt trade of the Hallstatt civilisation from 1500 to 500 B.C., for example), and will briefly outline the evolution of the minerals’ importance at the time of the industrial revolution of the 19th century. We will then delve into current issues, looking at the obsolescence of some traditional metals (lead, etc.), the current needs linked to the development of sciences and techniques (rare earth elements, niobium, tantalum, lithium), the new opportunities offered by the discovery of mines, recycling and its effect on costs, and finally, the increasingly frequent and efficient intervention of the population, wishing to protect the environment.

Theme: The Environment

Speaker: Yves FUCHS

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Chemicals released by vehicles and production industries, whether in a gas phase or a liquid phase, have a major impact on our health and on the ecosystem. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified exterior air pollution as a carcinogenic for humans. Every year, air pollution is responsible for 7 million deaths across the world, including around 600,000 in Europe. Photocatalysis is a promising method (both in terms of ecology and the economy) for the decontamination of the air and water. The photocatalytic performance of nanomaterials has been proven.

Theme: The Environment

Speaker: Yamin Leprince

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In the second half of the 19th century, the first amateur and professional artist-photographers, inspired by Daguerre, Humbert de Molard, Nadar, Le Gray or Demachy, innovated in terms of materials (silver plates, paper, glass) and different techniques. Without a doubt, they transformed their trials into works of art.

Theme: Representation, Images and Design

Speaker: Margaret Calvarin

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Meeting game partners through online images, living phantasmagorical realities thanks to digital simulation... the promises that were once made have been kept, and have even become commonplace. We will analyse these through the lens of technology and sociology.

Theme: Representation, Images and Design

Speaker: Etienne Armand Amato

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Universal design is a strategy which aims to conceive and elaborate different environments, products, communications, information technologies and services in a way that is the most independent and natural as possible, accessible and understandable for all, preferably without the need for special adaptation or design. 
Universal design aims to transform the built environment, communications, products and services to make them as accessible and user-friendly as possible. 
It encourages design which is primarily user-oriented, by following a global approach. 

As such, the notion of universal design goes beyond questions related to the accessibility of buildings for disabled people and should be at the heart of our policies and the planning of all aspects of our society. 

Theme: Representation, Images and Design

Speaker: Bachir Kerroumi

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Although writing is an ordinary activity for most of us (scribbling on a post-it, sending a text message, etc.), it is also a practice which takes over the entire body. And as such, it can set us free: it enables us to express ourselves, to see things from a different perspective, to move away from the past and to take a step back. But it can also be an intimidating practice: will we meet our own expectations? “Everything has already been said and I am too late to the game?” “Text remains”, what we write is “set in stone”. It feels like a huge responsibility, and it is easy to step away from it, to hide away from it, at our own risks and perils.

We could also explore the functioning of writing, by shining a light onto our experience through philosophy, pedagogy, psychoanalysis or anthropology. This approach will highlight the freeing power of writing, which forces us to face our difficult freedom.

Theme: Current Issues

Speaker: Hélène Bah

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Telemedicine consists in undertaking medical acts on a patient, at a distance, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). Today, it is at the heart of current events (with the COVID-19 epidemic health crisis), although it is still relatively little known, even within the field of health. In the last ten years, it has been implemented with difficulty, slowly, and unevenly across the country, despite the original goals that were set. While this can be explained by the lack of ambition of the developing policies put in place, it is important not to minimise what is at stake in terms of work and organisation, linked on a local scale to daily activities and to the integration of this approach to health care at a distance: telemedicine leads us to rethink our professional practices and the organisation of healthcare. It is therefore important to observe the dynamics of the development of French telemedicine, starting from the point of view of the activities of the practitioners which have already implemented it.

Theme: Current Issues

Speaker: Alexandre Mathieu-Fritz

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Today, it is difficult to live well together in our global society, due to social inequalities or integration difficulties. As an institution, justice is confronted with these issues. As a value, justice could be the key to solving this difficult equation of living together.

Theme: Current Issues

Speaker: Yvan Martin

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It is a universal phenomenon and is very present these days. However, tiredness is a theme rarely studied by great authors and philosophers. If practising philosophy means thinking about life and living according to one’s thoughts, should we not try to understand it? Is it not an essential part of our human condition as we know it? Were humans of the past less tired than we are now? What is its nature, its origins and its different forms? Is there such a thing as “good tiredness”? But how should we live with “bad tiredness” (including its extreme form: burnouts), which sometimes makes our lives so much more difficult? We will try to demonstrate that is not by fighting it, but rather by befriending it that tiredness can become our ally; and that is possible for a human who is tired on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in November to enjoy life. Tiredness is different from laziness (which is a form of anticipated tiredness) and has a settling power which can reveal the beauty of faces that have been altered by time.

Theme: Current Issues

Speaker: Eric Fiat

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Nursing homes often make the headlines because of the poor living conditions they offer their residents. The health crisis has made this worse and has called into question the financially-based management of these institutions. We will try to understand the role of management tools and the lessons we have learnt from the crisis.

Theme: Current Issues

Speaker: Ingrid Fasshauer

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Auguste Detoeuf (1883-1947) is known by historians for having been the first president of Alsthom, but also by the public for his drawings of the torments of business life in a collection of aphorisms, Les propos d'Octave Barenton, a book which is constantly re-published since his death. He was also a thinker, focusing on what we now call management. During this conference, we will present his thought, by placing it in its historical contexts and by comparing it to that of other authors.

Theme: Services and the Industry

Speaker: Cédric Poivret

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In the last fifteen years, we have often used the term “service experience” to refer to service provisions. This terminology outlines the fact that services are perceived as a common experience which is set in time, subjective and highly influenced by our sensory perceptions. In order to approach the theme of services, it is important to understand how this service experience unfolds from a client’s perspective, and why not bring in fiction writing, which describes the external and internal environment of a service experience?

We will present two short stories written by T. Benaquista and G. Perec to highlight how these works - written without a pedagogical motive - help us understand fine and essential concepts in the analysis of services in management sciences.

Theme: Services and the Industry

Speaker: Marianne Abramovici

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