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Karl Bodmer et Adolphe Mouilleron © Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris

Wednesday 29 September 2021 ↦ à partir de 19h00

Sur la piste du cerf

Rituals and imaginaries of the savage. Discussion and performance with Charles Stépanoff, ethnologist.

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On the occasion of the publication of his essay "LʼAnimal et la mort, chasses, modernité et crise du sauvage", published by La Découverte, we welcome the ethnologist Charles Stépanoff to use the deer, a central figure in the imagination of the savage in the West, as a starting point for a reflection on the evolution of the conception of the savage and the animal in the context of the ecological and ethical upheavals of recent decades.

Confronting the responses that animist hunter-gatherer peoples, animal defenders, and Western hunters provide to the moral questions posed by violence against living things, Charles Stépanoff questions the universality of the figure of the "empathic predator" and the evolution of the cognition of the human species from which it originates. If the trajectory of Western modernity appears from this singular angle, the relationship to the animal remains there, like other hierarchical societies, a powerful operator of distinction.

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Karl Bodmer et Adolphe Mouilleron © Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris