Sylvain David uses the infinitive to explore the inherent contradiction of a rebellion that is now mainstream, commercialized and continuous. How does one solve that contradiction, deep within oneself, and transform it into a vector for action?

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For the first time on Friday Feb. 28th 2014, the Montreal chapter of Creative Mornings handed its monthly mic to a university professor, Sylvain David.

A former punk band member, David has followed a path intriguingly made of both a troubled relationship to authority, yet a full embrace of the institutional sanction. As a doctor in literature, a professor, and thus, an employee of the State, David is paid to teach nihilism by the very power he used to denounce, and in many ways, still does. Read more on

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Sylvain David is the author of “Faire violence”, a stunning and profound account of histories and theories surrounding his life as a punk, a rebel and, later, an intellectual and academic.

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