Two days of exchanges in partnership with AMSE, FRAC SUD – Cité de l’art contemporain, and Iméra, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) of Aix-Marseille University.

Under the direction of teacher-researcher Robert Krause, holder of the AMSE/Iméra Chair: A World in Crisis, 2022-23.

poster of the roundtable at the institute for advanced study of aix marseille university

Roundtable #1: Universal Basic Income: Perspectives from the History of Ideas and Economics.

On May 9th, at Iméra from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

The unconditional basic income, as currently being discussed in several European and world countries, and even being tested in pilot programs, is “unprecedented” and a “very recent political claim.” But “it is not without history” (Kovce / Priddat 2020). This history remains to be written. Both economics and the history of ideas offer perspectives that deserve to be in dialogue.

2:30 pm:

Enrico Donaggio, philosopher, Iméra, Institute for Advanced Studies at Aix-Marseille University; Robert Krause, German and Comparative Literature, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg:


Claus Leggewie, political scientist, Justus-Liebig University Giessen:

“Those who do not work should not eat.” To correct a bias.

Claude Gamel, economist, Aix-Marseille University, LEST:

Liberal Foundations of Basic Income. An argument combining philosophy and economics.

4:15 pm: Coffee break

4:45 pm:

Willy Gianinazzi, historian, EHESS:

Universal basic income as an exit from capitalism.

Philip Kovce, philosopher and economist, Philosophicum Basel:

The Art of Basic Income.

Roundtable #2: Between Art and Politics: Universal Basic Income for Artists?

On May 10th, at FRAC-SUD – Cité de l’art contemporain, from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

While many artists were already living at the minimum subsistence level before the Covid pandemic and the energy crisis, their situation has worsened even more today. In this context, a thorough debate on a basic income claimed for all artists is even more important.

2:30 pm:

Robert Krause, German and Comparative Literature, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg:


Aurélien Catin, author and activist for economic rights:

A freedom salary for artistic work.

Sophie Cras, art historian, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne:

Remuneration of artists, a historical perspective.

4:15 pm: Coffee break

4:45 pm:

Roundtable with Victorine Grataloup, director of Triangle-Astérides; Christophe Bruno, independent artist and Iméra resident; Chrystelle Desbordes, art historian; Rania Stephan, artist, director and Iméra resident; moderation: Robert Krause.

Practical information:

Address of Iméra, Institute for Advanced Studiy (IAS) of Aix-Marseille University: 2 place Leverrier, 13004 Marseille.

Address of FRAC Sud: 20 Bd de Dunkerque, 13002 Marseille.