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SEGAL TALK with Philosopher Jacques Rancière

In its 18th week since end of March, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center's global series, SEGAL TALKS,  will feature French philosopher Jacques Rancière on:

Monday, July 27, at 12 p.m. (ET)

SEGAL TALKS brings together American and international theatre artists, curators, researchers, and academics for a one hour talk with Segal Center’s director, Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the time of COVID-19 and challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the new world.

With Amanda Gann as the interpreter.

Tune in on this edition of the SEGAL TALKS for an update on the situation of theater artists in France.

And to listen again to previous guests from France such as Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, Daniely Francisque, Frédérique Ait-Touati or Philippe Quesne, and from abroad, click here.

The ad-free SEGAL TALKS are in English and live-streamed on Howlround.com and on the Segal Center Facebook page and on Segal Center YouTube Chanel 

Send your questions during the live streaming at SegalTalks@gmail.com 



Jacques Rancière was born in Algiers in 1940 and studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he participated in French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser’s seminar reading Marx’s Capital in the mid-1960s. Rancière then taught in the Philosophy Department of the experimental Vincennes campus of the University of Paris and its successor institution, Paris 8. His work is rooted in a radically egalitarian critique of Althusser and other leading theorists of the French left, in particular philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, and inspired by his singular encounter with the archives of the nineteenth-century French workers’ movement. Since his first publication in 1965 he has ranged widely across philosophy, politics, history, historiography, pedagogy, literary studies, film studies and aesthetics. It is for his work on politics (his account of radical equality and his anti-foundationalist, anti-consensualist and anti-institutional critique of political theory) and aesthetics (his reformulation of Modernism as ‘the aesthetic regime of art’) and for writing which moves back and forward between these two domains that he is best known today. Rancière is sometimes described as a post-Marxist philosopher and his work likened to that of his contemporaries on the French theoretical left, Alain Badiou and Étienne Balibar.


Amanda Gann (Interpreter) is a theatre artist and Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University. Her current work, at the intersection of performance and research, focuses on social and theatrical manifestations of grief in post-WWI France. As an actress, she collaborates with international companies such as The Poets’ Theatre, with whom she recently performed Samuel Beckett’s Not I/Pas moi in both English and French (MAC, Belfast, NI). She also works as a literary translator: her translation of Jean-René Lemoine’s L’Adoration received a staged reading at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in December 2019


Now in its 18th and final week, SEGAL TALKS, which was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker, Segal Center’s director, in March 2020, New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, researchers, and academics talk daily for one hour with Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the Time of the COVID-19  and speak about challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the world. The Segal Center is the only theatre institution in New York City and the United States creating original content.