The Program of the Conference*

(updated to / aggiornato al 04.06.2010 - this document is subject to change / il documento è passibile di cambiamenti)

18th International Simone de Beauvoir Society Conference
Simone de Beauvoir: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
2010, 23 - 26 june, Galleria Comunale d'Arte, Centro Comunale d'Arte e Cultura "Il Ghetto"
Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy)

Informiamo che i panel della 18th Simone de Beauvoir International Society Conference si terranno lingua inglese, francese e italiana e non prevedono traduzioni simultanee. E' prevista la pubblicazione online di schede riepilogative dei singoli interventi. La presenza di pubblico in qualità di normali auditori è gratuita e fortemente gradita.

We inform that the panels of the 18th Simone de Beauvoir International Society Conference will be held in English, French and Italian. The service of simultaneous translation is not provided.  The abstracts of the speeches will be published on our web site as soon as possible.


June 23rd – Galleria Comunale d’Arte (Sala "Depero")

MORNING

9:00 – 10:30: Registration of the conference participants and welcome coffee break

10:30 – 11:15: Greeting of the President of the Simone de Beauvoir Society (Prof. Yolanda Astarita Patterson) and welcome of the local authorities – official opening of the conference

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SESSION 1: Beauvoir as a writer

11:15 – 12:20: First panel: Critical approaches

Chair: Helge Vidar Holm (University of Bergen, Norway)

Papers:

-           Annlaug Bjørsnøs (University of Trondheim, Norway) - Vivre / écrire le temps. Conceptions de la temporalité dans la narration de Simone de Beauvoir.

-          Triantafyllia Kadoglou (University of West Macedonia, Greece) - Les diverses manifestations du non-dit significatif chez Simone de Beauvoir

-          Liva Bodil Kalvik (University of Bergen, Norway) - «On ne naît pas femme, on le devient»: le devenir féminin dans Anne, ou quand prime le spirituel.

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12:20 – 12:40: Coffee break 

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12:40 – 13:35: Second panel: Existentialism and writing

Chair: Tove Pettersen (University of Oslo, Norway)

Papers:

-          Skye Cleary (Macquarie University, Australia) - Simone de Beauvoir today: loving existentially

-          Johanna Sjöstedt (University of Gotheburg, Sweden) - The concept of action in the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir

-   Delphine Nicolas-Pierre (Université Sorbonne-Paris IV, France) - L'ethos de l'écrivain chez Simone de Beauvoir: ambiguïtés et contextualisation.

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13:35 – 15:20: Lunch

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AFTERNOON

SESSION 2: The Second Sex

15:20 – 16:45: Third panel: The reception of “The Second Sex” in three countries

Chair: Liliane Lazar (Hofstra University, USA)

Papers:

-          Céline Leon (Grove City College, USA) - Réception américaine du Deuxième Sexe (1953)

-          Maria Menegaki & Loukia Efthymiou (University of Athens, Greece) - La réception de l’œuvre de Simone de Beauvoir en Grèce : une histoire à multiples facettes

-          Maria Isabel Corbi Saez (University of Alicante, Spain) - Simone de Beauvoir et la critique universitaire espagnole: aujourd’hui et demain? 

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16:45 - 17:05: Coffee break

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17:05 – 17:50: Fourth panel: Rereading “The Second Sex” – Closure of the first day

Chair: Maria Corona Corrias (University of Cagliari, Italy)

Papers:

-          Mimoza Pachuku (Central European University, Hungary) - The gendered implications of The Second Sex

-          Gloria Sardara (independent researcher, Italy) - Libertà  e reciprocità, una lettura del Secondo Sesso di Simone de Beauvoir

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EVENING

19:00 – 21:00 - Centro Comunale d’Arte e Cultura “Il Ghetto”

“La settima arte per Simone” (“The seventh Art for Simone”) - Mini-film festival

Memory and rebirth: Hommage to Hélène de Beauvoir and Carole Roussopoulos

1) Hommage to Carole Roussopoulos

FILM: “Des fleurs pour Simone de Beauvoir” (France, 2007) – Director: Carole Roussopoulos. Language: French.

Introduction: Elisabeth Euvrard, Vice-President of the  Alliance Française - Cagliari

2) Hommage to Hélène de Beauvoir

- Yolanda Astarita Patterson (President of the Simone de Beauvoir Society)

- Claudine Monteil (writer and women's rights specialist)

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21:30: Welcome dinner


June 24th – Galleria Comunale d’Arte (Sala "Depero")

MORNING

SESSION 3: Simone de Beauvoir: the woman before the myth

9:00 – 10:25: Fifth panel: Beauvoir before Beauvoir: the juvenile autobiographical writings

Chair: Yolanda Astarita Patterson (California State University, East Bay, USA)

Papers:

-          Liliane Lazar (Hofstra University, USA) - Simone avant le Castor

-          Barbara Klaw (Northern Kentucky University, USA) - Troublesome Translations and Elusive Allusions in Beauvoir's Diary of a Philosophy Student

-          Tove Pettersen (University of Oslo, Norway) - Simone de Beauvoir and The Meaning of Philosophy. Reflections on Diary of a Philosophy student 

-          CANCELLED Claire Guerin (St. John’s College, Oxford) - Simone de Beauvoir’s Cahiers de Jeunesse and Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée : The Production of a Literary Identity 

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10:25 – 10:45: Coffee break

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10:45 – 11:30: Sixth panel: Beauvoir in love

Chair: Barbara Klaw (Northern Kentucky University, USA)

Papers:

-          Jean-Pierre Boulé (Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom) - Beauvoir, Sartre and Generous Passion

-          Lise Gélinas (Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, Canada) - Simone de Beauvoir et Nelson Algren : une Sanseverina à Chicago?

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11:30-11:50: Coffee break

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11:50-12:55: Seventh panel: Simone and the others: crossed portraits

Chair: Claudine Monteil (writer and feminist, France)

Papers:

-          Chiara Cretella (University of Bologna, Italy) - Le donne sadiane. Simone de Beauvoir e Angela Carter

-          Fatma Kalpakli (University of Konya, Turkey) - Alternative Life-Styles in Jane Chambers’ Eye of the Gull

-          Sabina Žnidaršič (University of Primorska, Slovenia) - Gender and Destiny, Angela Vode (1892-1985)

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12:55 – 15:00: Lunch

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AFTERNOON

SESSION 4: Ethics and political engagement

15:00-16:25: Eigth panel: The ethics of ambiguity

Chair: Céline Leon (Grove City College, USA)

Papers:

-          Christine Daigle (Brock University, Canada) - Ambiguous Living: Beauvoir’s Embodied Ethics and Politics

-          Mariolina Graziosi (University of Milan, Italy) - Existential Ethics and the formation of the subject in contemporary society

-          Magda Guadalupe Dos Santos (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brasil) - Beauvoir. Memoria e ricezione estetica.

-          Laura Piccioni (University of Urbino, Italy) - Simone de Beauvoir, un’idea di morale

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16:25 – 16:45: Coffee break

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16:45-17:50

Ninth panel: From the theoretical elaboration to the political engagement – Closure of the second day

Chair: Magda Guadalupe Dos Santos (Pontificia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brasil)

Papers:

-          Claudine Monteil (writer and feminist, France) - La modernité et l’engagement de Simone de Beauvoir au XXIème siècle

-          Matteo Tuveri (writer and independent researcher, Italy) – 150 anni di donne italiane; ma chi sono? Dal Codice di famiglia del 1865 ai giorni nostri. Un'analisi beauvoiriana

-          Nadia Santoro (University of Calabria, Italy) Simone de Beauvoir: Il corpo della politica, la politica del corpo

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EVENING

19:00 – 21:00 - Centro Comunale d’Arte e Cultura “Il Ghetto”

“La settima arte per Simone” (“The seventh Art for Simone”) - Mini-film festival

FILM: "Portrait croise de Jean-Paul Sartre et de Simone de Beauvoir" (Canada, 1967). Interviewers: Madeilene Gobeil-Nöel / Claude Lanzmann; operator: Max Cacopardo. Language: French with English subtitles.

Introduction: Madeilene Gobeil-Nöel


June 25th – Galleria Comunale d’Arte (Sala "Depero")

SESSION 5: Beauvoir beyond Beauvoir

MORNING

9:00-10:05: Tenth panel: Beauvoir and queer theory

Chair: Patrizia Tancredi (feminist, Belgium)

Relatori:

-          Laura Sarnelli (University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Italy) - La sfida di Antigone: da Simone de Beauvoir a Judith Butler

-          Marina De Chiara (University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Italy)  - Judith Butler rilegge Simone de Beauvoir

-     Pablo Pérez Navarro (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)- On ne naît pas queer:  From The Second Sex to Male Pregnancy

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10:05-10:25: Coffee break

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10:25-11:30: Eleventh panel: Beauvoir and Asia

Chair: Prof. Annamaria Baldussi (University of Cagliari, Italy)

Papers:

-          Andrea Duranti (University of Cagliari, Italy) - The Orient par de Beauvoir: travel memories and anti-colonial issues

-          Meng Li (University of Sydney, Australia) - A Beauvoirian Glimpse over Chinese Intellectual Women: Huang Beijia’s Novella in the 1980s

-          Mauro Trentadue (University Uniecampus, Italy) - Memorie di cristallo - Ricordare, immaginare, agire, secondo Azar Nafisi e Simone de Beauvoir

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11:30-11:50: Coffee break

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11:50-13:15: Twelth panel: Beauvoir  and Africa 

Chair: Liliane Lazar (Hofstra University, USA)

Papers:

-          Eric Levéel (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) - Simone de Beauvoir en Afrique : le rendez-vous manqué

-          Chet Fransch (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) - “From past to present: The [re]reading of Simone de Beauvoir’s “violence in marriage” within the changing political, social and economic climate of South Africa, c. 1949-2010”

-          Caroline Messa (University of Limoges, Francia) - De Beauvoir à Beyala... Un féminisme universel ?

-          Laurence Pilot-Darier-Bazière (San José State University, USA) - Au vif d’une conscience écorchée : Le corps féminin selon Bâ et Beauvoir

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13:15-15:45: Lunch

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AFTERNOON

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15:45-16:30: Thirteenth panel: Beauvoir and art, art and Beauvoir

Chair: Jean-Pierre Boulé (Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom)

Papers:

-          Dominique Van Hoof (San José State University, USA)  -  La soif du savoir : «le fruit défendu» des femmes tel qu’il est représenté dans la peinture féminine.

-          Sylvie Blum-Reid (University of Florida, USA) – Transatlantic passages

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16:30-17:00: Coffee break

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17:00-18:00:

Special presentation – Women and Art: a gendered guided visit of the Galleria Comunale d’Arte of Cagliari in English and French (kindly provided by the Direction of the Galleria Comunale d’Arte).

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EVENING

19:00 – 21:00 - Centro Comunale d’Arte e Cultura “Il Ghetto”

“La settima arte per Simone” (“The Seventh Art for Simone”) - Mini-film festival

FILM: "Dinner in Purgatory" (UK, 1994). Director: Kerry Kiernan. With: Yvonne Bonnamy, Edward Halsted, Elizabeth Jasicki, Chris Johnston, James Reynard

Introduction: Andrea Duranti


June 26th – Galleria Comunale d’Arte (Sala "Depero")

SESSION 6: contemporary perspectives on Simone de Beauvoir

MORNING

9:00 – 10:05: Fourteenth panel: A current reading of “The Useless Mouths”

Chair: Suzanne Fernandez (Alliance Française Cagliari, Italy)

Papers:

-          Evelyne Cudel (Michigan State University, USA) - Pour une nouvelle philosophie du théâtre contemporain : l’éthique au cœur de l’argumentation avec pour fondation Les Bouches Inutiles de Simone de Beauvoir    

-          Catherine Naji (indipendent researcher, Irlanda) - ‘The Useless Mouths’ Desiring

-          Tiphaine Martin (Université Paris 7-Denis Diderot, Francia) - Faim et politique : La nourriture dans les récits de voyages autobiographiques beauvoiriens

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10:05 – 10:25: Coffee Break

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10:25 – 11:30: Fifteenth panel: Beauvoir and psychoanalysis

Chair: Andrea Duranti (University of Cagliari, Italy)

Papers:

-          Henri De Serray (psychoanalist and independent researcher, France) – Le genre second

-          Eva Bahovec (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) – Beauvoir after Freud

-          Mercedes López Jorge (Universidad de La Laguna, Spain) - Conflitti edipici con Simone de Beauvoir: L’immanenza e la trascendenza

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11:30-11:50: Coffee break

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11:50-12:35: Sixteenth panel: The Beauvoirian thinking and the social sciences

Chair: Margherita Sabrina Perra (University of Cagliari, Italy)

Papers:

-          Claudia Gather (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin, Germany) - Women, the Second Sex: The concept of the Myth according to Simone de Beauvoir as a feminist framework to study how gender is constructed in everyday lives

-          Mónica Tarducci (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina) - Simone de Beauvoir, Anthropology and the Feminist Studies of Kinship

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12:35-13:30: Closure of the conference and greetings to the participants

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AFTERNOON  

17:00 – 17:45: Guided tour of Cagliari with the “Trenino Cagliaritano” (tourist train)

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EVENING

19:00 – 19:30 - Galleria Comunale d’Arte, Sala “Francesco Ciusa / Boccioni" (ground floor)

La sedia vuota. Liturgia della parola per Alda Merini (“The empty chair. The liturgy of the Word for Alda Merini”)

Poetical reading conceived and directed by Matteo Tuveri and Giulia Marini

Reader: Giulia Marini


“The reading will take place at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte di Cagliari, in the central hall of the ground floor, which hosts a great number of artworks by contemporary artists, here including the works by Francesco Ciusa. The reading, composed by several poems selected from the wide poetical production of Alda Merini, aims at offering to the audience the strength of the words of this woman poet, recently passed away, and at offering to the latter a homage not only through the reading of her works, but also through an imaginary dialogue between poetry and visual art, especially through the dialogue that the actress Giulia Marini will develop with three sculptures by Francesco Ciusa: La Tessitrice (“The weaver”), Il Bacio (“The kiss”) e La madre dell’’ucciso (“The mother of the murdered”); the Galleria Comunale hosts the original versions in gypsum made by the artist. The audience will be able to follow the actress through an ideal triangle composed by the three works, a triangle that will be recomposed by the words of Alda Merini.

The reading was conceived as an actual Liturgy of the Word, with three focuses corresponding to the abovementioned works by Ciusa:


-          Antiphon:  Poesia – “Poetry”   (artwork: La Tessitrice)

-          Liturgy of the Word: Amore – “Love”   (artwork: Il Bacio)

-          Liturgy of the Eucharist:  Dolore  - “Sorrow”  (artwork: La Madre dell’ucciso)

-          Concluding rite:  La sedia vuota – “The empty chair”


The reading will be closed by the reading of a poem by Alda Merini beside an empty chair, symbol of the disappearance of the artist”.




*updated to / aggiornato al 04.06.2010 - the program is subject to change / il programma è passibile di cambiamenti