A Moveable Feast: Being Human in Paris
In partnership with University of Kent, Paris, and Columbia Global Centers, Europe, the University of London Institute in Paris will host a roundtable event in Paris as part of this year’s festival.
A Moveable Feast: Being Human in Paris, led by Professor Sarah Churchwell (School of Advanced Studies), will be an opportunity to discuss the importance of literature and the Humanities at a time when the spaces of festivity in the city have been the target for acts of terror. After the horrific attacks on the Bataclan and cafés last November, people laid copies of Hemingway’s Moveable Feast on the improvised shrines dotted around the areas affected. The title in French - Paris est une fête – stood out as a defiant refusal of the terror that had been unleashed on the city. What does this turn to literature, and to a text written by an American about the expatriate community in the Années Folles of the interwar era, tell us about why literature remains a vital response to violent ideologies? This roundtable, in the heart of Hemingway’s old stamping ground of Montparnasse, will bring French and British perspectives to the question of why the Humanities help us be human better. The event is scheduled to take place at 6pm, Wednesday 23 November, at Reid Hall, Paris.