The Night of Ideas

At a time when the global health crisis is restricting international gatherings and mobility, the French Institute will offer everyone the opportunity to follow and participate in a unique digital experience, 24h of Night and Ideas, which will cross time zones from Oceania to the West Coast of the United States, promote the free circulation of ideas and knowledge and make local experiences resonate in a great global live broadcast on social networks.

For this 6th edition of the Night of Ideas, the theme “Close” has been chosen with the idea of questioning the renewal of our individual and collective relationship to space, the new solidarities that the crisis in our economic and social models calls for, or the place of digital technology in our societies, which more than ever shapes our relationship to the world. “Close” also invites us to question the evolution of our contemporary modes of sociality, and more than ever our relationship with others.

So for 24 hours, the next Night of Ideas will be an opportunity to feel “closer” than ever, to strengthen connections and break down boundaries, to interact with other audiences, and to celebrate thinking without barriers.

Around the German sociologist Hartmut Rosa, find many personalities among whom Gong Ji-young, Johnnie To, Ludmila Oulitskaïa, Claus Meyer, Djaïli Amadou Amal, Iman Mersal, Francesco Rutelli, Daan Roovers, Patti Smith, Thomas Pesquet, Lonnie Bunch, Barbara Cassin, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, London Breed, Christia Mercer.

To see the complete program and follow the debates on Thursday 28 of January, starting from 10.00 am (Riga time), click on the link of the Night of Ideas’ webpage: