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Languages and Literatures

Open Forum Lecture Series

Mar 26/14

Please note the final lecture of the year of the Department of Languages and Literatures - 

Open Forum Lecture Series:

Combating Exclusion in Christophe Agou’s Photographs of the Rural Poor

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Location: BA111  (Bricker Academic building)

Dr. Sharon Marquart, Assistant Professor of French

Wilfrid Laurier University

French political philosopher Jacques Rancière has argued that a gesture he calls “exclusion by homage” be considered a fundamental way in which the intellectual elite denies the working classes the freedom and right to think for themselves. This talk examines how photography can offer a critical space of resistance to this repressive impulse through an analysis of Christophe Agou’s In the Face of Silence (2010), which documents the lives of poverty-stricken farmers residing in the Forez region on the eastern side of France’s Massif Central. Agou’s photo essay draws our attention to the ways our interactions with others resist the meanings we may initially seek to impose on them, I argue, and ultimately attests to the fundamental role that intimate exchanges and their surprises play in combating the exclusion that homages can produce.


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