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Rousseau: Music and Language
XIIth Biennial colloquium of the Rousseau Association
Montréal, May 2001

Call for Papers

Rousseau : Music and Language
XIIth Biennial colloquium of the Rousseau Association
Université du Québec à Montréal
May 24-27, 2001 

Proposals not to exceed one page should be sent by September 15, 2000 to
Claude Dauphin :

        Music and language are themes as central to Rousseau's work as are
the state of nature and society, featuring all the key paradoxes of his
thought, on art and science, feeling and reason, the North and the South,
truth and error.

        Founder of the human sciences (according to Lévi-Strauss),
Rousseau is a major contributor to the modern science of language as well
as to the history of musical creation, to the study of the style of
nations, the principles of composition and the dialectic of the vocal and
the instrumental. But music and language also enable us to understand
Rousseau himself, whether as biographers of the Citizen of Geneva or as
exegetes of his works attempting to grasp the status of these themes in
the elaboration of his thought.

        What does his social philosophy owe to his philosophy of language?
How can we explain the passage from the Muses galantes to the Devin du
village, and Rousseau's evolution from being the musicographer of the
Encyclopédie to becoming the philosopher of the state of nature, the
critic of inequality, the solitary walker?

Keynote Speakers: Pr. Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger (University of Geneva). Pr.
Catherine Kintzler (University of Lille III).

Accommodation: Augerge des Glycines (mention your participation to the
Rousseau-UQAM Colloquium).

Registration fees: $50.00 Canadian (including concert).

Concert J-J. Rousseau: Pygmalion. Les Muses galantes. Performed by L'Opéra
du Château, direction Pierre Turcotte.

For further information contact: Claude Dauphin :