Second “Endangered Humanities” meetings June 21-22 2021

Knowledge of precariousness, precariousness of knowledge

21 June 13:00 – 17:30 and 22 June 14:00 – 20:00

Venues: Maison de la recherche Sorbonne Université (28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris), Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme (38 rue Saint-Sabin, 75011 Paris), Laboratoire Ecologique Zéro Déchets (20 avenue Edouard Vaillant, 93500 Pantin), and videoconference.

Organisation: Endangered Humanities Collective, GRIPIC (Sorbonne University), Laboratoire Ecologique Zéro Déchet, Programme Ecos-Sud Chili C18H03

Organizing committee: Joëlle Le Marec (Sorbonne University), Igor Babou (University of Paris), Carpanin Marimoutou (University of La Réunion), Amélie Monnereau (Laboratoire Ecologique Zéro Déchets: LEØ)

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The second meeting of the Endangered Humanities Collective ( will focus on the theme “Knowledge of precariousness – strength of knowledge, multiple precariousness”. It follows on from the work carried out on the extension of the space of production of knowledge, and the reflection on the protection of the humanities and social sciences as cultural forms (see the collective work “Knowledge from precarity”)

The Endangered Humanities collective ( is currently made up of researchers, teachers, publishers or actors in the human and social sciences (investigation, publishing, heritagization, experimentation) from different regions of the world and different institutions: metropolitan and overseas France, Spain, United Kingdom, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, Chile, Brazil, South Africa, India, Turkey (in particular via the Pause programme), Rojava, USA.

We wish to reflect on the situation and the protection of critical humanities and social sciences, considering them as cultural forms and social and political practices that are under threat.

The period we are living through, with its reduction of public liberties, its anti-intellectualist attacks, its renunciation of the free exercise of criticism, pushes us to regroup in order to build resistance and be a force of proposal. If we claim critical postures, we are well aware of the definitional vagueness of this term and of the importance of not reifying it in a conception stemming from the global North.

The initial team was therefore set up a year ago, at the intersection of several research collectives and inter-institutional alliances, and we are also partners of non-institutional actors or collectives. Our spaces of investment are multiple but all linked by the dimension of knowledge: knowledge of precarity, enquiry, museology and heritage, environmental studies, creole, decolonial and feminist studies, science studies, publishing, ecological activism.


21 June 2021, 13:00-17:30: Precariousness and the protection of the humanities and social sciences and its cultural forms

At the Maison de la Recherche, Sorbonne University, 28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris, Saint-Michel or Odéon subway station

The critical and emancipatory Humanities and Social Sciences are under threat everywhere, even though they constitute a major and transnational cultural phenomenon. We inherit it, we maintain it, but this heritage is weakened by anti-intellectualist attacks, by threats and repression in authoritarian regimes and dictatorships, and by structural transformations of liberal and utilitarian inspiration. Our network develops reflections and actions on three fronts: studying and testifying the threats to the humanities and social sciences around the world, investigating the forms and initiatives by which they are alive and critical, in particular where communities seek to make different voices heard and recognised, and considering the links with the procedures of heritagization in relation to UNESCO’s missions.

  • 1:00 – 1:40 pm: “Introduction with multiple voices” with Igor Babou (University of Paris), Carpanin Marimoutou (University of La Reunion), Joëlle Le Marec (Sorbonne University), Bruno Brulon (University of Rio de Janeiro): “Humanities and social sciences: critical dimension, cultural alliances, links to heritage issues
  • 1:50 – 2:10 pm: John Crowley (Programme Management, UNESCO)
  • 2:20 – 2:35 pm: Claude Calame (EHESS): “For a critical historical anthropology: political returns on the present
  • 2:40 – 3:00 pm: Mohamed Salah Omri (University of Oxford, UK) and Mohsen Elkhouni (University of Tunis Al-Manar, Tunisia) : ” Shared knowledge in a post-authoritarian context : the story of a collaboration “.
  • 3:10 – 3:25 pm: Kenza Sefrioui (Edition En Toutes Lettres): “Publishing, surveys: refuges of knowledge


  • Round table 4:00 – 5:30 pm: “Social science knowledge, cultural forms, heritage processes”: Samuel Ayòbámi Akínrúlí (University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Maria Aparecida Moura (University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Laurella Rinçon (Director of the National Slavery Museum of Guadeloupe, Mémorial ACTe), Valérie Perles (Ministry of Culture and FEMS), François Mairesse (University of Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle), Ewa Maczek (Deputy director of OCIM, Bourgogne University).


22 June 2021, 14:00-17:30: Knowledge from precariousness

At the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind, 38 rue Saint-Sabin, 75011 Paris, Bréguet-Sabin or Chemin Vert subway station

The conditions and degrees of multiple precariousness (political, social, environmental, health, but also cognitive and ontological precariousness) must not be considered only as obstacles or problems that would be the object of research work aiming to overcome them conceptually, but which would not change anything about the nature of collectively produced knowledge nor about the practices, places, norms, devices and collectives involved in these productions. Making the link between knowledge and precariousness has multiple consequences, particularly on the sociabilities, norms and legitimacies of knowledge.  Our collective proposal, both theoretical and political, consists in exploring the knowledge produced from situations of precarity, in order to escape the illusion that knowledge about the world could be produced from a few extremely situated centres (generally in well-endowed research centres in the countries of the global North), reduced to academic textual forms, where the sometimes tragic conditions in which so many researchers, students, teachers, journalists, publishers, activists, etc., are forced to move, could be forgotten.

  • 2:00 – 2:30 pm: “Introduction with multiple voices” with Claudio Broitman (University of Santiago de Chile), Hester Duplessis (University of Pretoria), Joëlle Le Marec (Sorbonne University)
  • 2:45 – 3:00 pm: Javier López-Alós (independent researcher) : “About “Crítica de la razón precaria””.
  • 3:10 – 3:40 pm: Selim Eskiizmirliler (University of Paris), Gulistan Sido (University of Rojava) and Sardar Saadi (Rojava Institute of Social Sciences) : “Knowledge for resistance and emancipation”
  • 3:50 – 4:05 pm: Antoine Lalande (Sorbonne University): “Militant knowledge, places of refuge, crossed precariousnesses”.
  • 4:15 – 4:30 pm: Guillaume Heuguet (Sorbonne University) : “Investigating from the precarious condition”
  • Round table: 4:45 – 5:45 pm: “Diversity, pluralism and cultural context versus international homogenization in research”: Gauhar Raza (National Institute of Science Communication New Delhi), Eylem Camuroglu (Bayreuth University), Sarah Cordonnier (Université Lyon 2), Sari Hanafi (American University of Beirut)


22 June 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm: Evening debate: “Knowledge practices: re-inhabiting”

At the Laboratoire Ecologique Zéro Déchets (LEØ), 20 avenue Edouard Vaillant, 93500 Pantin (Hoche subway station)

Spaces such as the Zero Waste Ecological Laboratory, or the french “Zones to Defend”, are entirely inhabited by knowledge practices, learning, transmission and experimentation. The life of knowledge there does not resemble the way it is presented elsewhere. In particular, it tends to emancipate itself from relationships of domination, and is experienced in every moment of the invention of a way of life, from the search for places to the construction of sociabilities and practices outside the market and hierarchies. This life of knowledge is literally unbelievable from the point of view of institutions that fabricate the belief in impossibilities. Another world is not only possible, but real and daily, based on innumerable knowledge which will be the subject of the evening debate.

With Amélie Monnereau (LEØ), Michel Couret (LEØ), the LEØ team, Igor Babou and Joëlle Le Marec,

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