Discussion with Gérard Régnier (alias Jean Clair)


Doctor in Humanities, Gérard Régnier studied philosophy and history of art, first at the Sorbonne, then at the Harvard University (USA). In 1966, he was appointed curator of the Museums of France at the National Museum of Modern Art, then he joined the Georges Pompidou Centre from 1980 to 1989. In 1989, he was appointed chief curator of the heritage and director of the National Picasso Museum. It is also, under the name of Jean Clair, the author of monographs on Bonnard, Balthus, Cartier-Bresson, Duchamp, Giacometti, Music, Picasso, Szafran, and numerous essays and literary works. He is a regular contributor to the following journals: “Nouvelle Revue Française”, “Le Débat”, “Commentaire”, “La Nouvelle Revue de Psychanalyse”, “FMR”, etc.

Seminar: “Ferdinand de Saussure: Neuroscience, psychoanalysis and semiology”


Thursday 3rd of October 2013, 9am-5.30pm


With the participation of the Group SEMSA, Universidad de Antioquia
Speakers: Daniel Petit, Guillemette Bolens, Philippe Vernier, Jeanette Zwingenberger, Jean Daviot, François Leguil, Claudia Méjìa, François Ansermet and Pierre Magistretti.
Moderator: Alain Grosrichard.


Le Cénacle, 17 Promenade Charles-Martin – 1208 Genève

Entry policy

Entry by invitation.


Discussion with Guillemette Bolens


Guillemette Bolens holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Geneva. She spent a year at Cornell University on a research fellowship. She taught Medieval English Literature as an assistant and “maître-assistante” before being appointed full professor at the University of Geneva in 2005. Her research interests are in the history of the body and corporeal logics in classical, medieval, and contemporary literatures. Her current research project focuses on kinesics and the analysis of gestures, postures, movements, and facial expressions in visual and verbal arts. This interdisciplinary project links the fields of narratology and rhetoric (in literature), gesture studies (in sociology and anthropology), action understanding (in philosophy and psychology), embodied cognition (in neuroscience), and kinesthetic semiotics (in dance theory).

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