The Mad Act

Programme ACMAP (EHESS, Centre ANHIMA and Université de Lille III)

presentation of the colloquium, 28-29 june 2010
"l'acte fou": comparative analyses of a method for action and presence

organised by Jean-Michel Carrié (EHESS, Centre ANHIMA) Catherine Darbo Peschanski (CNRS, Centre HALMA Lille) Frédérique Ildefonse ((CNRS, Ivry and Centre ANHIMA) Renée Koch Piette (EPHE and Centre ANHIMA)

  • Monday 28 June: at the INHA, 2 rue Vivienne, from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm 
    Tuesday 29 June at the musée du quai Branly, in the cinema
    from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm

These study days are the second event organised by the ACMAP group (Beyond the subject. Comparative studies of methods for action and presence). They examine "l'acte fou" (literally, "the mad act"), in a variety of cultural traditions and from the point of view of the following: India, ancient Greece, China and Rome, contemporary Japan and Guinea-Bissau.

The "mad act" is the act that a given culture characterises in its language, words or references as a deviation, something that can be rejected, tolerated or magnified. The idea is as follows: working with the "mad act" should provide us with a lateral means of access to the analysis of the act that would not be open to us in another manner.

Working on the "mad act" is, in the context of this singular act, pursuing the examination of the act, to the extent that this is possible by means of an enquiry into the different cultural characterisations of those psychisms that favour dynamics rather than seeking to establish a cartography of the soul's faculties. The analysis of the act enables us to displace the frontier between interior and exterior, or at least to see it move a little. This then becomes the ally of our group's approach; a group that intends to consider the interior as distinct from interiority and to suspend any premature use of concepts such as "the subject", "the person", "the me", or "the individual and the self".

open and download the programme of the "L'acte fou" colloquium (pdf document, 136 kB, new window)