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January 29, 2011
Scott Atran, Grégoire Chamayou, Ariel Colonomos, Philip Gourevitch
Hosted by: Ann Stoler
There is always an other, but must there always be an enemy? Is there a need for an enemy in the solidifying of social groups? Thinkers and writers from very different backgrounds will share their analyses: Philip Gourevitch has written extensively on Abu Ghraib and Rwanda, Scott Atran has studied the making of suicide bombers, Grégoire Chamayou has just published a philosophical work on the peculiarity of man hunting, and Ariel Colonomos is investigating the idea of preventive war.
Philip Gourevitch is a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of A Cold Case and We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, which won many prestigious awards. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Gourevitch’s work as a foreign correspondent began in the early 1990s in Asia Europe, and Africa. In 2004, he was The New Yorker’s Washington Correspondent, covering the presidential election. In 2010 he was named a Chevallier de l’Ordre des Arts et Des Lettres in France.
Scott Atran is a research director in anthropology at the French CNRS and a member of the Jean Nicod Institute at the École Normale Supérieure. He is also a visiting professor of psychology and public policy at the University of Michigan, and presidential scholar in sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NYC). A frequent contributor to the Op-ed page of The New York Times and to The Huffington Post, Atran is the author of Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists.
Grégoire Chamayou holds an agrégation in philosophy and is a researcher at the Max-Planck institute in Berlin. He has translated works by Clausewitz, Kant, Ernst and Marx into French. He is also the author of Les Chasses à l’homme: histoire et philosophie du pouvoir cynégétique  (manhunting), which rereads the history of philosophical politics through the central hypothesis that any domination link presupposes a predation link. He also manages "Zones", a publisher that focuses on counter-culture, activism and new forms of protest.
Ariel Colonomos is a Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS and a member of the Sciences Po Center for International Studies and Research (CERI). He is a co-coordinator of the "Mondes" book series at the Presses de Sciences Po, a member of the editorial boards of International Political Sociology and Revue des deux mondes, and a regular visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Institute of War and Peace. His new research project investigates the role of predictive ideas in international relations, in a book called Le Pari de la guerre. Guerre préventive, guerre juste ?
Debates, Readings, Performances
Over the course of three 10-day series in 2011 in New York City, WALLS & BRIDGES, curated by the Villa Gillet and presented by the Conseil de la Création artistique will present nearly 50 cultural events, combining about 100 speakers and artists, 30 partners and over 20 venues. Join LIVE from the NYPL as we host WALLS & BRIDGES at The New York Public Library.
Walls & Bridges is a series of events presented by the Villa Gillet and the Conseil de la création artistique.

The Villa Gillet (Lyon, France) is a unique cultural institute interested in thought in all its expressions. It brings together artists, writers, novelists and researchers from all over the world to encourage public debate on the big issues facing the world today.

The Conseil de la Création artistique is a laboratory for cultural experimentation created by the French Government in 2009 whose aim is to support innovative projects in the cultural field.