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Yves Citton is professor of French Literature of the 18th Century at the Université de Grenoble-3 and a member of the umr LITT&ARTS (CNRS 5316) . He taught for 12 years in the department of French and Italian of the University of Pittsburgh, PA, after getting his PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and has been invited Professor at New York University, Harvard and Sciences-Po Paris.

He co-directs the journal Multitudes and animates the weekly radio show Zazirocratie on Radio Campus Grenoble 90.8 FM, with past programs downloadable from this site and from the radio’s.

He has published a dozen books, including Pour une écologie de l’attention (Seuil, 2014) – which will be published in English translation by Polity Press under the title An Ecology of Attention in 2016 -, Pour une interprétation littéraire des controverses scientifiques (Éditions Quae, 2013), Gestes d’humanités. Anthropologie sauvage de nos expériences esthétiques (Paris, Armand Colin, 2012), Renverser l’insoutenable (Paris, Seuil, 2012), Zazirocratie. Très curieuse introduction à la biopolitique et à la critique de la croissance (Paris, Éditions Amsterdam, 2011), L’Avenir des Humanités. Économie de la connaissance ou cultures de l’interprétation ? (Paris, Éditions de la Découverte, 2010), Mythocratie. Storytelling et imaginaire de gauche (Paris, Éditions Amsterdam, 2010), Lire, interpréter, actualiser. Pourquoi les études littéraires ? (Paris, Éditions Amsterdam, 2007) and L’Envers de la liberté. L’invention d’un imaginaire spinoziste dans la France des Lumières (Paris, Éditions Amsterdam, 2006, which won the Prix Rhône-Alpes du Livre 2007), Portrait de l’économiste en physiocrate. Critique littéraire de l’économie politique (L’Harmattan, 2000) and Impuissances. Défaillances masculines et pouvoir politique de Montaigne à Stendhal (Aubier, 1994).

He has also published more than a hundred articles, most of which can be downloaded from this site, as well as a few talks and interviews, in audio or video.