Marc Atallah on Tradition

December 7, 8:30am - 10:00am CET. Hosted at Sev52

part of a series on Tradition


About the speaker

Marc Atallah is Director of Maison d’Ailleurs (museum of science fiction, utopia and extraordinary journeys) and Professor at the French department of the University of Lausanne. His researches are mainly related to « conjectural literatures » (utopia, dystopia, imaginary journeys, science fiction) and to literary theories (genres and fiction theories).

He has written many papers and co-edited several books, including L’Homme-machine et ses avatars (2011), Souvenirs du Futur. Les Miroirs de la Maison d’Ailleurs (2013), Pouvoirs des jeux vidéo (2015), Portrait-Robot ou Les multiples visages de l’humanité (2015), L’Art de la science-fiction (2016), Pop Art, mon Amour. L’art de Tadanori Yokoo et du manga (2016) and Je suis ton père ! Origines et héritages d’une saga intergalactique (2017).

Additional details

Marc will speak about the Maison d’Ailleurs’ missions since 1976, and especially today’s. He will describe the collections – usually characterized as parts of today’s « Popular culture » – and discuss what he is doing with these collections (exhibitions, researches, lectures, etc).

Museums, always related to the tradition on which their collections are founded, are also the institutions that are able to reinvent traditions by changing the perspectives with which we are looking at those traditions. Reinventing tradition, e.g. reinventing our identity.