The goal of the Night of ideas (‘La Nuit des idées’) is to celebrate the stream of ideas between countries, cultures, topics and generations. Every year, the Night of ideas gives the opportunity to discover the latest discoveries in knowledge and arts, to listen to the ones who contribute to bring more ideas to their field, and to take part in the discussion about the main issues of our times. And since ideas know no frontier, projects of any type are welcomed (conference, theatre play, performance, screening, concerts, etc.), and all places – whether prestigious or unexpected – are called to join the party and host original projects reflecting their own interpretation of the suggested theme. As time goes by, glimpses from the Night of ideas will echo through social media and make the Night of Ideas a global event.
The Night of ideas, took place on January 30th 2020, and focused on the theme : “Being alive“. Guests from diverse backgrounds – intellectuals, researchers, artists – gathered to discuss the theme all across the five continents, from Dakar to Los Angeles, not to mention Brussels, Buenos Aires, Kathmandu, Marseille and Paris.
This topic puts at the center of the Night of Ideas 2020 the interrogation of ecological balances and the relationship between the human and the world. It is an invitation to discuss about the interrogations that technological transformations and emergence of arti cial intelligence raise. “Being alive” is also to act, commit yourself, give a meaning to your actions and your existence. What is being alive? What is our place in the world of living? How “being alive” moves ourselves into action? These will be the interrogations at the heart of the Night of Ideas this year.
The Night of Ideas took place on January 31st 2019, and focused on the theme: “Facing our time”. Guests from diverse backgrounds – intellectuals, researchers, artists – gathered to discuss the theme all across the five continents, from Dakar to Los Angeles, not to mention Brussels, Buenos Aires, Kathmandu, Marseille and Paris.
FACING OUR TIME
Facing our time: this theme intersects three main issues. On contemporary events and the lucidity, it calls for: technological, social, environmental, geopolitical and other deep changes are now part of our daily lives. On commitment, its new ways and forms: which initiatives can we take to tackle the challenges of our time? On the perception of time and its transformations: in an era marked by the instantaneous diffusion of information, how can we resist the reign of immediacy? What is our present made of ? How to face what our present requires? In a time of multiple emergencies, what memory and what future? These will be the questions at the heart of the Night of ideas