Uses of Prehistory Workshop

03 Jun ‘17
A coridoor

10.30AM - 5.30PM

Venue: Room A7, Pathfoot Building, Stirling University



A British Academy-funded workshop to be held on Saturday 3rd June in Room A7, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling.

This bilingual workshop will examine the ways in which prehistory, and notably the Upper Palaeolithic period including its cave art, has entered debates in modern and contemporary France concerning aesthetics, fiction, politics and philosophy.

The event is free, including a sandwich lunch, but registration is essential by Tuesday 30th May. Please contact Bill Marshall: if you wish to attend.



  • Bill Marshall - University of Stirling
  • Marc Azéma - Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail
  • Jo Malt - King's College London
  • Douglas Smith - University College Dublin
  • Mary Orr - University of St Andrews
  • Michèle Richman - University of Pennsylvania
  • Margaret Elphinstone - Author of 'The Gathering Night'


Order of Events

10.30 TEA & COFFEE

10.45 Welcome remarks; Bill Marshall (University of Stirling): ‘Prehistory and Transnational French Studies’.

11.30 Marc Azéma (Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail):  ‘La Préhistoire du cinéma’.

12.15 Jo Malt (King’s College London): 'La Main négative, limit-case and primal scene of art'.

13.00 LUNCH

14.00 Douglas Smith (University College Dublin): ‘The Great Prehistoric Art Scandal: André Breton and Raymond Queneau on Cave Painting'.

14.45 Mary Orr (University of St Andrews): 'Questions of Adaptation: Rethinking Intermedial Uses of Prehistory in Nineteenth-Century France’.

15.30 TEA & COFFEE

16.00 Michèle Richman (University of Pennsylvania): ‘Georges Bataille’s Prehistoric Modernism: A Universal History for the 21st century’.

 16.45 Conversation with Margaret Elphinstone, whose novel The Gathering Night (2009) is set in mesolithic Scotland.

17.30 Workshop ends.


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