France: the Ecole Normale Supérieure will offer a study seminar on Beyoncé

Beyoncé is the second most awarded artist in the world just after Michael Jackson

Beyoncé fans have dreamed of it, the Ecole Normale Supérieure has done it… The higher education establishment on rue d’Ulm, one of the most prestigious in France, is going to offer a seminar devoted to singer “icon of the 21st century”, through the prism of history, contemporary literature, art history or even philosophy.

The cycle, open to all, will open on November 24 with a conference entitled “Beyoncé, covers and reappropriations” with the philosopher Richard Mèmeteau. Round tables will then be organized to question the image of the American singer, her influence on feminism or her “impact on musical syncretism”.

“Product of a Western culture, Beyoncé has espoused the changes of a globalized mass culture over the course of her successes, write the organizers. Adored or criticized, suspected of opportunism or thanked for her contribution to the best representation of identities and discourse hitherto too little exposed.es, she addressed all the contemporary questions of a hegemonic culture.” The opportunity therefore to question his work, his personality, and more broadly the split between “a so-called legitimate and scholarly culture and a” stigmatized “popular culture”, explains the ENS.

The conferences will be led by academics, activists, journalists and actors from the cultural world.

Singer, composer, dancer, music producer and American actress, Beyoncé is the artist of all records.

Named Artist of the 2000s by The Guardian in 2009, the New Musical Express saw her as one of the artists who defined the 2010s. most popular, the most important and the most influential of this beginning of the 21st century.

In 2013, Forbes magazine ranked her 17th in the list of the most powerful women and 4th in the list of the most powerful stars in the world, which makes her the second most powerful singer in the world, behind Lady Gaga and ahead of Madonna.

In 2014, she topped Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s most influential celebrities, and in 2022, Rolling Stone magazine declared her the greatest musical artist of the past decade.

In January 2017, she counted more than 185.5 million records sold worldwide, to which can be added the 65.5 million copies sold with the group Destiny’s Child of which she was the leader.

Beyoncé has won numerous awards throughout her career, so much so that she is the second most awarded artist in the world just after Michael Jackson.

She is also known for her commitment to equal civil rights and women’s rights.

France: the Ecole Normale Supérieure will offer a study seminar on Beyoncé – I24NEWS