Denis Thouard, Philosopher, Director of Research at the C.N.R.S

Conference: “The unattainable absolute. The time of romanticism (1787-1833)”

Sunday, November 6th at 6:30 pm, Royaumont Abbey, Asnières-sur-Oise



Researcher, historian of philosophy, critic, philosopher, translator, poet.
Thesis on Kant and Schleiermacher (1997).
Works on Jena Romanticism: Critique et herméneutique dans le premier romantisme allemand (1996) ; Symphilosophie. Friedrich Schlegel à Iéna (2002) ; Le partage des idées (2007).
Books: Kant (2000) ; Schleiermacher (2007) ; Et toute langue est étrangère. Le projet de Humboldt (2016) ; Goethe, le second auteur (2022).
Translations, editions: Meister (poèmes, 1993) ; Humboldt (1999-2000) ; Schleiermacher, Esthétique (2004).

Laurent Pernot, Hellenist, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres

Conference: “Romanticizing music with E. T. A. Hoffmann”

Monday, November 7th at 6:30 pm, Royaumont Abbey, Asnières-sur-Oise



Laurent Pernot, born July 10, 1955 in Saumur, is a French professor and historian, specialist in ancient Greek rhetoric. He has been a member of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres since 2012. By decree of the President of the Republic dated November 13, 2014, he was named a Knight in the National Order of Merit and, since October 1, 2015, he is a Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France.
Laurent Pernot studied at the École Normale Supérieure and obtained an agrégation in Classics and a doctorate of State.

He is a professor at the University of Strasbourg, where he is director of the Institute of Greek and founder of the Center for the Analysis of Religious Rhetoric in Antiquity. His research focuses on rhetoric (second sophistry) in ancient Greece.

A correspondent of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres since April 28, 2006, he was elected member on October 19, 2012, in the chair of Louis Bazin.

Catherine Bréchignac, Physicist, President of the C.N.R.S and Secretary of the Academy of Sciences

Conference: “Sciences in the mirror of literature in German Romanticism”

Wednesday, November 9th at 6 pm, La Grange-Fleuret Library, 8th district of Paris



Catherine Bréchignac, born Teillac on June 12, 1946 in Paris, is a French physicist. President of the CNRS from 2006 to 2010 and of the High Council for Biotechnology from 2009 to 2010, she is an elected member of the Academy of Sciences since November 2005 and perpetual secretary of the Academy from 2011 to 2018 in the first section covering mathematics, physics and sciences of the universe.

She was appointed president of the CNRS at the Council of Ministers meeting of January 11, 2006, on the proposal of the Minister of Higher Education and Research François Goulard, after a management crisis that had seen her predecessor Bernard Meunier and the director general of the CNRS Bernard Larrouturou clash. She then formed a tandem with Arnold Migus as director general, but the predominant role of the presidency was clarified.
She was appointed president of the High Council for Biotechnology on April 30, 2009, and then ambassador for science, technology and innovation in January 2010.

After being elected on June 22, 2010 as perpetual secretary of the French Academy of Sciences, she left the presidency of the High Council for Biotechnology on December 31, 2010 to be able to concentrate fully on her new position. She is also a member of the scientific council of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST) and a member of the orientation council of the Ecology of the Future Foundation, created in 2011.

Lionel Esparza, Radio producer at Radio France

The following Concerts will be presented by Lionel ESPARZA:

Wednesday, November 9th at 8 pm, La Grange-Fleuret Library, Paris
Friday, November 11th at 8 pm, Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles Church
Saturday, November 12th at 11 am, Petit Palais, Paris
Saturday, November 12th at 15 am, Petit Palais, Paris
Sunday, November 13th at 11 am, Petit Palais, Paris
Sunday, November 13th at 15 am, Petit Palais, Paris


Lionel Esparza has a degree in musicology and a degree in modern literature. He has worked for more than twenty years at France Musique, where he successively hosted the morning show, the midday magazine, and the ClassicClub. Since 2019, he presents Relax every day at 3pm. He has also published an essay, “Le Génie des Modernes” (2021) and recently a biography of Igor Stravinsky. He writes a monthly column, “En lisant, en écrivant”, for Opéra Magazine.