Isabelle Serça is a French language and literature professor at Université Jean Jaures. She specialises in Proust as well as contemporary literature and is interested in writing. Her latest book, Esthétique de la ponctuation or “Punctuation Aesthetics” (Gallimard, “Blanche”, 2012) defines punctuation as an aesthetic object in literature but also in the arts. She currently works on the connections between literature, human sciences, hard sciences and the arts with the transdisciplinary project ProusTime. The aim of this programme is to reflect on time, drawing from Proust’s work with a team consisting of researchers from different backgrounds: history, language studies, economy, physics, neurosciences, geochemistry, computer science, fine arts, etc.
The session submitted for ESOF aims to question the stakes – scientific, social, even political or more even ethical – relating to the dissemination of knowledge, by building on the experience acquired during the scientific events organised by the ProusTime group, both in an academic environment (such as conferences at the ENS-Ulm or PhD students training at the Federal University in Toulouse), and in an environment that includes the general public.