From the cold and official speeches of the protocol to the most secret habits and private rituals are designed the spaces of the ceremony. In this conference, we will examine thoroughly the problematic of ceremonial, its spaces and its modes of unfolding in the private and public sphere. If the ceremonial serves political power, regal or republican, and uses all the pomp and rhetoric necessary to its manifestation, if the public space is the usual location of those events, it does not prevent its private use in the manipulation of signs. This private aspect has not been often taken into account. Through many different rituals (marriage, royal entrances, funeral, commemoration, etc), we will look for mechanisms of private appropriations during those public events. On the other side, we will look how in the presentation of everyday life, there is the presence of protocols (in the superstitious practice in sport or in the routine of Freud's hysterical patient) whne one has to present a more official version of oneself. Focusing on signs exchange and symbolic practices, we will map the dual sides of the ceremonial.
In order to unfold this problematic, an interdisciplinary framework is needed. This conference will put together sociologists, semioticians, anthropologists, psychoanalysts and literature specialists.