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The first Meetings of the Jeu de Paume

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Three days of conferences, opened to everybody, 18, 19 and 20 June 2010

Democr@tic opinion, from the century of the Enlightenment to “short-circuit democracy”. 18, 19 and 20 June – Salle du Jeu de Paume, Versailles. Free access on registration, limited seats.

The Jeu de Paume Oath was the founding event of our democracy. It was in the Salle du Jeu de Paume (Jeu de Paume room) of Versailles that, on 20 June 1789, the deputies of the Third Estate, along with some deputies of the Clergy and the Nobility, took the oath not to separate before giving France a constitution.

The President of the Public Establishment of the Museum and National Estate of Versailles, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, wishes to make this key place in the history of our country into an annual venue for a debate on the conditions of the practice of democracy today.

The angle of approach adopted for this first gathering is the relationship between the new modes of communication and how opinions are expressed in a democracy. Do opinion polls, the Internet, blogs, public consultations, round tables, the actions of non-profit organisations, national conferences whether institutionalised or not, and the stands taken by the media etc. help to enrich or to hinder representative democracy at the start of the 21st century? While the classic questions relating to the voting systems, how citizens are represented by elected members of assemblies, and the action of political parties are still important and topical issues, the questions tackled during this first “Jeu de Paume Conference” will explore to what extent all these new means of communication and expression have modified the context in which democracy is practised.

The programme of this conference was drawn up by Yves Michaud, philosopher and organiser of the Université de tous les savoirs (a “people’s university of all knowledge”), founded by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, when he chaired the mission for the celebration of the year 2000, and developed by Yves Michaud who has continued to organise its proceedings each year since then.

The first Jeu de Paume Conference benefits from partnerships with: Le Monde, Lemonde.fr, France culture, Public Sénat, Cerimes and Samsung

 

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