Rethinking our World from the Perspective of Poverty - with Joseph Wresinski
Under the direction of Marc Leclerc, Bruno Tardieu and Jean Tonglet (ATD Fourth World)
Advisors: Axelle Brodiez-Dolino, Alain Caillé, and Louis Join-Lambert
On the one hundredth anniversary of Joseph Wresinski’s birth, the prestigious European venue for intellectual thought – the Centre Culturel International de Cerisy-la-Salle in Normandy, will host a one week symposium on the work of Joseph Wresinski. For one week in June 2017, over 80 academics, activists in the fight against extreme poverty, and people living in poverty from 15 countries will attend the conference in order to discuss “How extreme poverty challenges our way of thinking, with Joseph Wresinski”.
Through contributions from history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, epistemology, theology, and economy, as well as contributions from the experiences of people living in extreme poverty and those who work alongside them, the following topics will be addressed: those excluded from cities in search of their history; the historical moment when the poor became partners with Joseph Wresinski; rethinking responsibility; violence and giving – rethinking human relations; culture and extreme poverty; and epistemological criticism and knowledge. In a joint session, the conference participants and attendees from the ATD Fourth World People’s University in Normandy will reflect on Wresinski’s contributions. They will look at what he brought to each citizen (whether living in extreme poverty or not), and to every societal or political institution, so that they are no longer powerless in the face of extreme poverty.
Joseph Wresinski Revisited
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