From April 17 to 21, 2023, the 5th Humanity and Society Week will be in full swing at the Gaspé campus of the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles under the theme “The crisis.” As in previous editions, the public is invited to participate in activities that will address various contemporary social and philosophical issues.
Through the conferences and workshops offered, the program hopes to nourish reflections around the subject of crises and the understanding of the different facets of the modern world. The various activities aim to explain what a crisis is whether it involves economic, health or environmental issues. Walter-Olivier Rottmann-Aubé, one of the co-organizers of the event, recalls the importance of such a week: “Faced with a multiplicity of successive crises, some people may feel overwhelmed. We believe it is necessary to create spaces to better analyze and reflect, individually and collectively, on the phenomena we observe.”
The opening conference, When the fisherman no longer wants to be the fish, will be given by Véronique Dupuis, master’s candidate in history at the University of Québec in Rimouski (UQAR). Among other activities, the public will have the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary Pour nous chez nous, in collaboration with the Gaspé Literary Arts Festival “Between words and tides”, which will be followed by a round table discussion with Alain Deneault and other invited guests. A presentation on the evolution of sexuality in the era of new technologies will also be given by Dave Anctil, professor at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and researcher affiliated with the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA). Finally, some activities will also be held in English, such as the outdoor workshop presented by Vision Gaspé-Percé Now and the screening of the Human Flow documentary.
The complete program is online under the Facebook event “Humanity and Society Week: The crisis.”