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The Right to Philosophy: Traces of the International College of Philosophy



The Right to Philosophy: Traces of the International College of Philosophy
(Le droit à la philosophie: les traces du Collège international de Philosophie)
A Documentary Film by Yuji Nishiyama
 
   Deconstruction is an institutional practice for which
   the concept of the institution remains a problem. ‒ Jacques Derrida

 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.

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 The film consists of eight chapters. In the first introductory chapter, "Profiles", each interviewee narrates his or her own profile in relation to the CIPh. The following chapter, "The Definition of the CIPh", highlights the very original characteristics of the research and educational activities taking place at the Collège. In the third chapter, "The CIPh and Universities", the interviewees explain the original nature of the CIPh in comparison with other academic institutions, including its principle of being free of charge, the equality among the professors, and its conceptions of curriculums and programs. Chapter four, "The Idea of the CIPh", contrasts the notion of "intersection" established by the Collège with that of inter-disciplinarity in departments such as Cultural Studies or Comparative Studies, mainly in the Anglo-Saxon academic landscape.

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 The fifth chapter, "The CIPh and Economic Value", presents crucial problems faced by the human sciences stemming from the demands of global capitalism for profitability, efficiency, excellence etc. Chapter six, "The Question of Place", asks where research and educational activities can take place by looking at the example of CIPh as an institution that has no campus. The seventh chapter, "Problems", presents various problems the CIPh is currently facing. In the last chapter "Jacques Derrida and the CIPh", the interviewees recall Derrida's contributions to the Collège and to "the right to philosophy".

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Film Screening
 From September 2009, this film have and will be shown at numerous locations in U.S.A. (The New School for Social Research, Cornell Univ., New York Univ., Yale Univ.), France (Collège international de Philosophie, Univ.de Paris VIII, Univ.de Bordeaux III), Japan (more than 20 universities, movie theater, book store, cafe, etc.), Hong Kong (Chinese Univ.of HK, Lingnan Univ.), Korea (Yonsei Univ., SuyuNomo), Germany (Humboldt Univ.of Berlin, Univ.of Leipzig, Univ.of Wuppertal) and England.


(A Screening Tour in U.S.A., September 2009)

Messages
The International College of Philosophy, since its foundation of more than two decades ago, would have been a place of experiment and communication of what, under the name "Philosophy" goes beyond the discipline received under this name, and concerns in a transversal manner all the knowledge and all the thought of our world. "Philosophy" as "vision of the world" or "system" finished there its time, because the world is no longer let to be taken in an image or in a concept. The innovations accepted by the College haven't stopped opening the thought to this world in its profound mutation. Nishiyama’s movie is thus a very precious contribution to the work of "changing the world", because the change begins - to continue to quote Marx however in a distorted way -, in the "interpretation" of what the "world" signifies. Therefore also of what "international" and "philosophy" signify. ―Jean-Luc Nancy, Professor emeritus at University of Strasbourg

Nishiyama's movie is not a movie of the past. This is a document of inestimable value which opens the future to the International College of philosophy. In questioning the situation of philosophy in the world, this movie depicts the orientations of what must be major orientations of the future thought: openness to the questioning, place of the theory and the criticism in the age of globalisation, necessity of an intellectual exchange in the margin of the institution or the university. Beautiful and vivacious movie incarnates the essence of what must be a responsible testimony. ―Catherine Malabou, Associate Professor at University of Paris X and Ancien Directrice de Programme, College international de Philosophie (1989-1995)

This is a wonderful film on a precious, unique and constantly threatened institution. Yuji Nishiyama's interviews with protagonists of the CIPh are detailed and informative and elicit some extremely entertaining moments. Of particular merit are the interviews with Michel Deguy, Catherine Malabou and François Noudelmann. 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, Chair of Philosophy, New School for Social Research and Ancien Directeur de Programme, College international de Philosophie (1998-2004)

A wonderful cinematic documentary open to many contexts, an exceptional film about the topic of philosophy that demands a viewing from multiple angles. Nishiyama's 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, Professor at Cornell University


(A Screening Tour in France, February 2010)

Movie Details
Featuring interviews with Michel Deguy, François Noudelmann, Bruno Clément, Catherine Malabou, Francisco Naishtat, Gisèle Berkman and Boyan Manchev
Music by Matryoshka
Directed by Yuji Nishiyama
Supported by the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)
Screening time: 84 minutes
Language: French, with English subtitles (and with Japanese, Korean, German subtitles)
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps4VhUAhxSc&feature=channel_page


(A Round Table at University of Tokyo Center for Philosphy [UTCP], March 2010)

ryuAbout the Director, Yuji Nishiyama
Associate Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University
Directeur de Programme, CIPh (2010-2016)
e-mail: yujitomokonishiyama[at]ybb.ne.jp
Yuji Nishiyama received his PhD from Hitotsubashi University’s School of Languages and Society in 2006. From 2007 to 2010, he worked as a Project Lecturer in the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP), one of the most active philosophical center in Japan. He has been teaching in the section of French Studies at the Tokyo Metropolitan University since 2010. He works on modern French philosophy, focusing on Jacques Derrida and Maurice Blanchot. In the past few years he is working on a research project titled “Philosophy and University”. He is the author of Literature as Contestation: Solitude, Friendship and Community in Maurice Blanchot (Tokyo: Ochanomizu-syobô 2007) and The Right to Philosophy (with DVD, Keiso-syobo, 2011), and the editor of
Philosophie et Éducation II: Le droit à la philosophie (UTCP 2009), and Philosophy and the University (Miraisya 2009). He is also the Japanese translator of books and articles by Jacques Derrida (The University without Condition, Save the Name), Maurice Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy, Emmanuel Levinas and Catherine Malabou.
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