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The notion of chance underlines the absence of any cause of events that can be predicted, understood, or controlled: things happen without plan or intent, just accidentally. On the contrary, the idea of destiny supposes the presence of an ultimate power or agency that determines the course of events in advance.

The 10th UCSB Interdisciplinary and International Graduate Conference in French and Francophone Studies would like to explore the tensions between these two notions, which raise philosophical, historic, and aesthetic issues. We would like to develop conceptual and theoretical reflections, as well as to analyze related cultural and artistic practices.