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Workshop “Creativity, imagination, imaginary” organised by M. Lequin 12 jan 9h-17h

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Organisation: Mathilde Lequin (Université de Bordeaux / CNRS)

 with the support of :

Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Bordeaux (CNRS, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, université de Bordeaux)

GPR Human Past (Université de Bordeaux)

Teams EVODIBIO and SYMBOL, PACEA (UMR5199, Université de Bordeaux / CNRS / Ministère de la Culture)

 Venue: Salle Bordes, MSH, 10 Esp. des Antilles, 33600 Pessac


This two-day interdisciplinary workshop will involve researchers from the fields of paleoanthropology, archeology, primatology, neurosciences and philosophy of science

Day 2: Creativity, imagination, imaginary – January 12, 2024


The second workshop focuses on the links between creativity, imagination and imaginary. By drawing on the results of the first workshop, we aim to understand what inventing and innovating mean in terms of imagination and imaginary. How does creativity express in representations associated with symbolic behaviour, be it artistic productions, material cultures or social practices?

This day will be an opportunity to explore the plurality of imaginaries: not only do they vary according to time and place, but they can also be found, within the same culture, in dominant and alternative imaginaries, which can be apprehended in their aesthetic and cognitive, but also social and political dimensions. Still using concrete case studies, we will seek answers to the following questions:

  • How is the imaginary articulated with the reality in each of the symbolic systems studied?
  • How can we recognise what is imaginary, for example in the archaeological register?
  • What biological, cognitive, social and cultural mechanisms impact the creation of the imaginary at the individual or group level?
  • How can we decipher the network of meanings associated with an imaginary, by going back from the images to the underlying imaginations and modes of being?
  • How can we get out of our conceptual schemas in order to apprehend symbolic systems that are radically different from our relationship to reality?


Program – January 12, 2024

9-12 am: invited talks by Julien d’Huy (Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale, Collège de France, CNRS, EHESS), Adrien Meguerditchian (Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive, CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université) and Mathilde Salagnon (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Université de Genève)

2-5 pm: short talks, round-tables and synthesis