Work, enterprise and moral conflicts in 20-21 century literature and cinema (Strasbourg)

Today’s employee is regularly screened from joining the company (where they must be selected by the recruiters) to exiting (where the reasons for leaving the job are varied: economic reason, misconduct, downsizing plan, professional pressure, etc.). Organizes other employees (HRD, site directors, etc.). circulation. These situations lead to moral conflicts and raise even more ethical questions: for example, what to do when the supervisor of a hypermarket and his well-liked colleague engage in “stealing” discount coupons? ? This is the dilemma that Vincent Lindo finds himself in the film of Stefan Brize. Market law (Screened Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m.): a security guard recently hired at a department store must decide: should he protect his morals or should he prioritize keeping his job (on which his family depends)?

The colloquium on October 12-13-14 is concerned precisely with the way French, European and African literature and cinema think about sorting, not only in the business world or the working class, but also in the farming community or the public. employment services. It welcomes literary and film researchers, two French writers (Arno Bertina and Gérard Mordillat), a troubled psychologist (Marie Péze) and a former HRD (Didier Bille) whose job it is to lay off employees..

Tuesday, October 11

18:00: demonstration Market law, film by Stefan Brize (2015). Presentation of Rafael Szollösi’s film, followed by a debate.

Wednesday, October 12

13:30: Speech by Anthony Mangeo, Professor of Francophone Literature,

13:40: Introductory speech by the conference organizers (Corinne Grenouillet and Aurore Labadie)

Session 1: Neoliberal capitalism and the logic of sorting (14:00-16:45) Chair: Patrick Werly

  • Raphaël Szöllösy (University of Strasbourg), “Stephane Brizé: imaginary totalitarian rule »
  • Andreas Häcker (University of Strasbourg), “How to thank and rearm the fighters of capitalism? French adaptations The best dogs by Urs Widmer »

Coffee break 15:30-15:45.

  • Thomas Voltzenlogel (University of Strasbourg), From ‘adaptation’ to ‘grand rejection’: the specter of capitalism in cinema.
  • David Becerra Mayor (Universidad autonoma de Madrid), “Work, Exploitation or the Impossible Symbolization of the Real in the Spanish Narrative of the ‘Return of Politics'”

Break 16:45-17:00.

17:00-18:00: HRD, sorting machine: meeting with Didier Bille, former HRD, author DRH, grinding machine (2018) and actor Another world (2021)

Thursday, October 13

Session 2: Suffering and conflict at work (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) Chairman of the meeting: Fabien Gris

  • Great conference: Marie Peze, new faces of suffering at work
  • Patrick Werly (University of Strasbourg), ” According to Matthew Xavier Beauvois (2000) and Two days, one night Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2014): dismissal, silence and the reconquest of speech”

Coffee break 11:00-11:15

  • Vivienne Poltier (University of Lausanne), “Explaining the traumatic conflict of selection: the France-Télécom case Crushed Faces by Marin Ledun »
  • Aurelie Adler (University of Picardy Jules Verne), ” burning castles and Those who endure a lot By Arno Bertina: Tales of Refusal to Sort

Session 3: Sorting out cases (14:00-15:30) Chairman of the meeting: Simon Bréan

  • Britta Benert (University of Strasbourg), “Borders and Sorting in the Nameless Country: A Novel Yesterday by Joke van Leeuwen »
  • Corinne Grenouillet (University of Strasbourg), “The Great Elimination Game (Pierre Lemaître, Gérard Mordillat, Michel Crespi, documentary) Mouth of employment)”
  • Aurore Labadie (Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris 3): “Standardize, sanction, strike. Sorting out the unemployed from Ken Loach to Jean-Francois Lae »

16:00-17:30: Round table: Arno Bertina and Gerard Mordillat Hosted by Aurélie Adler, Corinne Grenouillet and Aurore Labadie

Friday, October 14

Session 4: Sorting Archeology in the 1930s (10:00-11:00) Chairman of the meeting: Bertrand Marquer

  • Matthias Kern (University of Dresden), “Portrait of the Disgusted Class: Control, Election and Resignation of the Working Class. Factory (1931) Jean Pallu »
  • Samia Myers (University of Strasbourg), “ write the location. Work and ethical reflection in the literary writings of workers since the first half of the 20th centurye century”

Coffee break 11:00-11:15

Session 5: Peasant World (11:15-12:15) Chair of the meeting: Corinne Grenouillet

  • Cyrille François (University of Lausanne), “There is no shortage of ploughmen: blackmail, dismissals and low bids Single life By Emile Guillaumin
  • Fabien Gris (Sorbonne University), “Peasant refusals: agriculture between constraints and choices in contemporary French literature and cinema”

12.15-14.00: Buffet

Session 6: Ecological and Futuristic Perspectives (14-15:30) Chair: Anthony Mangeon

  • Alice Desquilbet (Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris 3), “Ethical problems of working with stones in documentary film Congo in four acts By Dieudo Hamadi and in the novel Group photo by the river By Emmanuel Dongala »
  • Carlo Baghetti (University of Aix-Marseille), GomorrahBy Roberto Saviano: the transmedial quintessence of neoliberal ideology and the triple sorting (literal, metaphorical, ethical). »
  • Simon Bréan (Paris-Sorbonne University), “On the planned obsolescence of workers in French dystopian SF (1975-1980)”

15:30: End of the conference

This work is part of the Interdisciplinary Thematic Institute LETHICA of the ITI 2021-2028 program of the University of Strasbourg, CNRS and Inserm. It received financial support from IdEx Unistra (ANR-10-IDEX-0002) and financial support under the Future Investments program as part of the SFRI-STRAT’US (ANR-20-SFRI-) project. 0012).

This work of the Interdisciplinary Thematic Institute LETHICA as part of the ITI 2021-2028 program of the University of Strasbourg, CNRS and Inserm was supported by IdEx Unistra (ANR-10-IDEX-0002) and SFRI-STRAT’US. project (ANR-20-SFRI-0012) under the French Investments for the Future Program.

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