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[Related Events] A Documentary Film "The Right to Philosophy: Traces of the International College of Philosophy"

December 5, 2009-March 27, 2010 (in various locations after April 2010)
Various locations in Japan and France


This is the first documentary film on the International College of Philosophy (Collège international de Philosophie: CIPH), founded by, among others, Jacques Derrida and François Châtelet in 1983 in Paris. The film consists of interviews with former presidents Michel Deguy, François Noudelmann and Bruno Clément, current vice-president Boyan Manchev, and with former and current program directors Catherine Malabou, Francisco Naishtat and Gisèle Berkman. The aim of this film is to consider the possibilities of the humanities in general and philosophy in particular under the current conditions of global capitalism. One of the main themes it tries to develop is the "question of the institution", namely the relationship between philosophy and institutions—a topic that was very central for deconstruction as elaborated and practiced by Derrida.

The innovations accepted by the College haven't stopped opening thought to this world in its profound mutation. Yuji Nishiyama's film is thus a very precious contribution to the work of "changing the world", because this change begins—to continue quoting Marx albeit in an altered way—with the "interpretation" of what the "world" signifies. Therefore also with what "international" and "philosophy" signify. ——Jean-Luc Nancy

For those of us with a biography entangled with the CiPh, Nishiyama's movie provokes both nostalgia and hope. For those unfamiliar with the CiPh, it should arouse great curiosity and engagement with an institution that constantly question the nature of institutions.——Simon Critchley

Yuji Nishiyama created a wonderful cinematic documentary open to many contexts, an exceptional film about the topic of philosophy that demands a viewing from multiple angles. His interviews with the faculty members of the Collège International de Philosophie solicits the audience to think of philosophy outside the narrow confines of Europe and the West. Through the cinematic medium, Nishiyama succeeded in reminding us of the task that contemporary philosophy is expected to undertake, of its responsibility to be of the world beyond the discourse of the West and the Rest. ——Naoki Sakai

Nishiyama's movie is not a movie of the past. This is a document of inestimable value which opens a future to the International College of philosophy. In questioning the situation of philosophy in the world, this movie what would have to be the major orientation of future thought: openness to questioning, the place of theory and of critique in the age of globalization, the necessity of intellectual exchange at the margin of institutions and the university. ——Catherine Malabou

Movie Details
Featuring interviews with Michel Deguy, François Noudelmann, Bruno Clément, Catherine Malabou, Francisco Naishtat, Gisèle Berkman and Boyan Manchev
Music by matryoshka (Novel Sounds)
Directed by Yuji Nishiyama
Supported by The Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) KAKENHI No. 20720002 of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Under the auspices of the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)
Screening time: 90 minutes Language: French, with Japanese subtitles


Film Screening Schedule
Admission Free; No Registration Required (except two screenings at Asahi Culture Center and Uplink Factory)

Sat 12/5, 13:30-16:30 Nanzan University (Nagoya)
with discussion moderated by Yusuke Miyazaki, Yasushi Kato and Y. Nishiyama
organized by Nanzan University Center for European Studies

Sat 12/12, 17:00-20:10 Shinjuku Branch, Junkudo Bookstore, 8F
with discussion moderated by Toishihito Kayano and Y. Nishiyama
Admission: 1,000 yen (with one drink); Registration Required

Mon 12/21, 13:00-15:30 ICU (International Christian University) H-316
with discussion moderated by Yoshinori Sano and Y. Nishiyama
organized by Kohei Muto

Thu 1/7, 14.30-17.30 Hiroshima University
with Y. Nishiyama's Talk moderator: Jun Oba
organized by Research Institute for Higher Education (RIHE), Hiroshima University

Sat 1/16, 17:45-20:45 Asahi Culture Center (Shinjuku Sumitomo Bldg. 7F)
with discussion moderated by Tetsuya Takahashi and Y. Nishiyama
organized by Asahi Culture Center (Shuko Yokoi) Admission: 3,990 yen; Registration Required

Tue 1/19, 18:15-21:15 Waseda University, Bldg. 1, Room 310
with discussion moderated by Shigeru Okayama, Kazuisa Fujimoto and Y. Nishiyama
organized by ARESER Japan

Sat 1/23 14:00- Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 4F, Room 427
with discussion moderated by Munoru Iwasaki, Kohei kuwada and Y. Nishiyama
organized by WINC (Workshop in Critical Theories)

Thu 2/4, 17:00-20:00 University of Tsukuba, Bldg. A, Room 107
with discussion moderated by Yoshiyuki Sato and Y. Nishiyama
organized by University of Tsukuba Modern Languages and Cultures

Fri 2/5, 18:00-20:30 Art Area B1
with discussion moderated by Naoki Honma, Masayuki Nakamura and Y. Nishiyama
organized by Labo Cafe, Nakanoshima Tetsugaku College etc.

Sat 2/6, 16:15-19:30 Kyoto University, Faculty of Agriculture Main Bldg., Room W-100
with discussion moderated by Jun Hirose and Y. Nishiyama
organized by Kyoto University Executive Committee of "The Right to Philosophy"

Fri 2/5, 16:00-19:00 Osaka University
Place: 21 Century Kaitokudo, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University
with discussion moderated by Taro Mochizuki, Sho Saito and Y. Nishiyama
organized by School of Letters Philosophy and history of philosophy

Sat 2/6, 18:00-20:30 Kobe University
Place: Main Conference Room, Takigawa Memorial Hall, Rokkodai Campus, Kobe University
with discussion moderated by Shoichi Matsuba, Hiroyuki Nakahata and Y. Nishiyama
organized by Graduate School of Letters

Thu 2/18, 18:30-21:30 Collège international de Philosophie (CIPh)
Place: Salle 1, Centre Parisien d'Etudes Critiques, 37 bis rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris
with discussion moderated by Evelyne Grossman, Gisèle Berkman, Michel Deguy, Boyan Manchev, Yuji Nishiyama, François Noudelmann, Pierre Zaoui
co-organized by University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)

Fri 2/19, 15:00-19:00 University of Paris 8 Salle D143
with discussion moderated by Bruno Clément, Anne Berger, Bertrand Ogilvie and Yuji Nishiyama

Tue 2/23, 9:30-12:30 University of Bordeaux 3
with discussion moderated by Charles Ramond, Eddy Dufourmont and Yuji Nishiyama

Sat 3/7, 15:00-18:00 University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus)
Place: Grand Room No. 1, Faculty of Law & Letters Bldg.1, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo
with discussion moderated by Sumihiko Kumano, Izumi Suzuki and Y. Nishiyama

Sat 3/13, 13:30-17:30 Kyoto University
Place: Lecture Room, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Yoshida-South Campus
with discussion moderated by Nobuko Morita, Okochi Taiju, Jun Yamana and Y. Nishiyama
organized by Global COE program "Revitalizing Education for Dynamic Hearts and Minds"

Sat 3/20, 17:00- Shibuya UPLINK FACTORY
with discussion moderated by Kazuya Serizawa and Y. Nishiyama
Admission: 1,800 yen (with one drink); Registration Required

Sat 3/27, 15:00-18:00 University of Tokyo (Komaba Campus)
Place: Auditorium, Building 18, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo
with discussion moderated by Gisèle Berkman, Boyan Manchev, Yasuo Kobayashi and Y. Nishiyama
organized by University of Tokyo Center for Philosophiy (UTCP)

After April, the film screenings will be held at Hitotsubashi University, at Niigata University, on the west coast of America, in Korea, and so on.

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