Maria Casarès: safe from oblivion
Johanna Silberstein, Matthieu Roy
Interview by Antonia Amo Sánchez, Esther Lázaro Sanz

This interview focuses on one of the most famous figures in French theatre and cinema: Maria Casarès. Her career began during the Second World War and lasted until the year of her death. She is best known for her roles directed by Jean Genet, Koltès and Jean Vilar, director of the Théâtre national populaire. A fortnight before her death, Maria Casarès (1922-1996) decided to bequeath her estate at La Vergne to the commune of Alloue. Through this gesture, she wished to thank France for having been a land of asylum when she had to flee the Spanish Civil War with her family. However, she gave no indication of what she wanted to see come to life in her house. What kind of artistic and cultural project should be carried out in a "House of the Illustrious"? How best to preserve the memory of a committed theatre actress while meeting the needs of contemporary creation? This book retraces the link between the Franco-Spanish artist and her place of residence, and the various stages that led to the creation of this cultural centre, now a benchmark for contemporary theatrical creation.

Under the direction of

Antonia Amo SánchezShe is a professor of Hispanic literature and theatre studies at the University of Avignon.
Esther Lazaro SánzShe has a doctorate in Spanish literature and specialises in the literature of exile and contemporary theatre.

In conversation with

Graduated as an actress from the École départementale de théâtre de l'Essonne (EDT91), Johanna Silberstein obtained a DEA from the Institut d'études théâtrales de Paris III. With the Veilleur® theatre company, she has performed under the direction of Matthieu Roy in a number of shows, including Marital love by Moravia, Prodiges® by Mariette Navarro, Martyr by Mayenburg, Europe connection by Alexandra Badea and Tartuffe by Molière. In 2013, she starred in the English version of Prodiges®at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was nominated, along with the rest of the cast, by the trade journal The Stage. Johanna Silberstein runs a number of introductory and awareness-raising workshops. Between 2015 and 2018, she was an associate professional in performing arts at the University of Poitiers. Since 2017, she has co-directed La Maison Maria Casarès with Matthieu Roy, as well as the company Veilleur®. In 2021, she was made a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Graduated from the National Theatre School in Strasbourg in the directing section, Matthieu Roy founded the Veilleur® company in Poitiers in 2007. He works mainly on the creation of unpublished texts by living authors for all audiences and young audiences: Christophe Pellet, Mariette Navarro, Gustave Akakpo, Marius 76 Présentation des auteurs von Mayenburg, Fabrice Melquiot, Alexandra Badea, Aiat Fayez, Mihaela Michailov, Sylvain Levey, Sophie Merceron... In 2014, he presented Even knights fall into oblivion by Gustave Akakpo at the Festival d'Avignon. In 2016, he created Europe connectionby Alexandra Badea at the Taipei Arts Festival. Matthieu Roy is a regular contributor to schools and vocational training courses, and was a member of the jury for the ARTCENA Grand Prix for dramatic literature. He directed the storyteller Yannick Jaulin in Like emptying the sea with a spoonand Pinocchioa musical composed by Lucia Ronchetti for the Opéra de Rouen Normandie and the Ensemble intercontemporain. Since 2017, Matthieu Roy has been co-director of La Maison Maria Casarès in Alloue with Johanna Silberstein. He was made a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2021.


Collection Entre-Vues
80 pages
8 €
Print ISBN: 978-2-35768-165-1
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Au théâtre des sciences: Bringing the arts and scientific culture together on stage
Michel Letté, Frédéric Tournier (eds.)

Theatre and science have gone hand in hand, from ancient times to the plays that have won the Molières. But in practice, how do you bring science and theatre together on stage?
In recent years, theatrical productions dedicated to the sciences have proliferated in a variety of forms. Innovative projects such as Binôme and Performing Research have emerged, combining theatre and science. They are generating new interest among audiences, artists, cultural and scientific institutions, and are supported by French public policy.
The aim of this book is to demonstrate the specific nature of stage exploration of the worlds of science, while making the challenges of research accessible to all types of audience. Through a variety of experiments, from Laos to Avignon, this polyphonic book gives a voice to the men and women of the stage as well as to a number of academics around a vision of the world of science.
of science theatre.
This book opens the door to the discovery of surprising creative synergies between scientists and theatre professionals.

Under the direction of

Senior lecturer in contemporary history at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM) in Paris, Michel Letté is in charge of professional training in the mediation of science and technology through cultural design. In this context, he has designed, produced and run a number of mediation systems, including those using the theatre stage (collective creation, science fiction scenes, Performing research). His current research focuses mainly on the history of socio-technical controversies as an informal means of mediating relations between science, technology and society.

Trained as a biologist, Frédéric Tournier Between 1994 and 2005, he led a research team in cell biology, and in 2002 he was awarded a habilitation to direct research (HDR). In 2008, he joined the 'Sciences & Media' team at Paris-Diderot University (now Université Paris-Cité), where he successively took on a number of university missions: head of high school relations, delegate and then vice-president in charge of student life between 2010 and 2013. He began training as an actor in 2002 and has performed in a dozen plays from the repertoire between 2003 and 2019. For the past fifteen years, he has been leading the introductory workshop on scientific controversies in the "Audiovisual, journalism and scientific communication" master's programme, for which he is also responsible. He is currently conducting cross-disciplinary research into the theatre of science and the history of French maritime research stations.

With contributions from

Claire Barel-Moisan, Élisabeth Bouchaud, Sylvie Bouchet, Coline Bouvarel, Laurent Contamin, Olivier Fournout, Pascale Hancart Petitet, Mathieu Huot, Georgia Kanellopoulou, Thiane Khamvongsa, Guillaume Laigle, Pauline Landel, Guillaume Mika, Robert Nardone, Daniel Raichvarg, Thibault Rossigneux, Anne Rougée, Damien Schoëvaërt-Brossault, Jean-François Toulouse, Émilie Trasente and Michel Valmer.


Collection En-Jeux
512 pages
Print ISBN: 978-2-35768-163-7
Digital ISBN: 978-2-35768-164-4
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The mother figure in French politics: 1789-1914
Brigitte Demeure

From 1789 to the First World War, the mother figure, in the form of allegories or metaphors, was central to political discourse. The representation of the mother - Patrie, Vierge, Nation - and her sons in France helped to construct national narratives that often competed with one another, from Robespierre to Auguste Comte, from Napoleon to Jules Ferry.
The use of these maternal images, which falls within the domain of 'believing' or 'making believe', legitimises the values that permeate institutions and has obvious consequences for the social bond.
The aim is to identify, from one period to another, the connections developed through the discourses around the representation of the mother. The breadth of the sources and the quality of the analyses presented bring out a number of new historical and interdisciplinary perspectives, with psychoanalysis constituting the "shadow framework" of this research.
This fascinating study invites us to an innovative re-reading of the mental universes of the revolutionary period and its long 19th century.

The author

After spending many years abroad, Brigitte Demeure moved to the Vaucluse region of France where she worked as an export manager and lecturer in Germanic studies at the University of Avignon, while at the same time carrying out humanitarian activities. She then went back to school and now holds a Master 2 in intercultural negotiation and a PhD in history, obtained in 2017. She works as a consultant for an international federation of public purchasers committed to better working conditions in their electronics supply chains. She has co-organised and participated in numerous psychohistorical, historical and psychoanalytical conferences in Germany, the US and France. She has received two awards from ACOPSA (American College of Psychoanalysts): the Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Clinical Research Award; the Distinguished Citizen Award for her International Outstanding Contributions to Psychoanalysis and the Public Well-Being (2014).


Collection En-Jeux
432 pages
29 €
Printed ISBN: 978-2-35768-161-3
Digital ISBN: 978-2-35768-162-0
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Jessica de Bideran, Julie Deramond, Patrick Fraysse (dir.)

This book condenses the history of a beautiful adventure that has been going on for ten years. Most of the various contributions were made on the internet, in the Com'en histoire research notebook created in 2013.
The aim is to bring together researchers specialising in the humanities and social sciences and professionals working in the museum and heritage world.
Heritage is considered here at the intersection of historical and communicational approaches, creating a dialogue that the contributors of the book hope will be fruitful, on various themes, such as the narration and telling of history, the use and reception of historical reconstructions, or the new forms of museum mediation and the circulation of history in the public space.
The texts, sources and bibliographical references have been updated to make this book fully up-to-date and useful for professionals, academics, students and all interested parties.

Under the direction of

Jessica de Bideran - lecturer in information and communication sciences at Bordeaux-Montaigne University.
Julie Deramond - lecturer in information and communication sciences at Avignon University.
Patrick Fraysse -Professor at the University of Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier and researcher in information and communication sciences.

With contributions from

M. Bourdaa, E. Cavalié, R. Cazals, J. Davallon, M. Fontaine, F. Henryot, J. Golonka, M. Labat, T. Le Hégarat, Y. Lintz, L. Macé, S. Madeleine, M. Molinier, J.-A. Pigearias, M.-S. Poli, G. Régimbeau, M.-C. Régnier, C. Saillard, C. Salvetat, J.-F. Sibers, A. Tuaillon Demésy, A. Vigouroux, X. Villebrun, M.-P. Vitali.


Passion for Heritage Collection
376 pages
33 €
Printed ISBN: 978-2-35768-159-0
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Isabelle Brianso, Dominique Cassaz (dir.)

This book is a follow-up to the international colloquium held in 2021 in Avignon, during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the inscription of the city's historic centre on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The book examines the relationships to heritage that the inhabitants of the cities on this list maintain in their ordinary practices, based on case studies (Chile, France, Avignon). The contributions discuss the issues related to the fact of living in the urban heritage, whether it is a question of the status of the inhabitants or the choices of frequenting characteristic places (squares, shops, streets, districts).

These daily practices anchor the residents in habits, behaviours, sociabilities and attachments, offering a polymorphous field of investigation to researchers in the human and social sciences and to heritage professionals.

The final part of the book features interviews with leading heritage management professionals: Antoine Bruguerolle, heritage architect and member of ICOMOS; Jean-François Lagneau, founder of Lagneau Architectes and President of ICOMOS France; and Jean-François Caron, Mayor of Loos-en-Gohelle.


Passion for Heritage Collection
376 pages
33 €
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