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July 5-9, 2023



Researchers in the human sciences, community leaders and activists come together for a week around a topic of reflection addressed by Elisée Reclus by asking himself the question of what he would do if he were among us in the 21st century ... 

In 2023, the theme will be: “Share”.

Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, birthplace of Elysée Reclus

Jacques Elisée Reclus was born on March 15, 1830 in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande in the Gironde. His siblings count 14 surviving children, including Elie (1827-1904), ethnologist and anarchist, to whom he will be very close all his life. Élisée continued his studies at Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, then at the Protestant theological faculty of Montauban. Élisée Reclus left for Berlin where he studied with the German geographer Carl Ritter, one of the founders of modern geography, who had a profound influence on him. Returning to France in the fall of 1851, he was forced, with Elie, because of their political positions, to leave the country after the coup d'état of December 2, 1851.

Through writing, Élisée Reclus aspires to be a geographer outside state institutions

 For Élisée Reclus, being a writer is first and foremost the means of making a living from geography on the fringes of the academic institutionalization of the discipline. For forty-five years, most of its income came from copyright paid by the Hachette house. There he published travelogues (1860-1874) and tourist guides (1860-1870), participated in dictionaries (1864-1905), especially gave his encyclopedic New Universal Geography which assured him regular remuneration from 1872 to 1905.
But what brings us closer to Élisée Reclus is the desire to decipher the world with honesty, not to hide, insofar as we are aware of it, what we do not like.

The 2023 edition

This year's theme “Share”.

Les Reclusiennes 2023 from July 05 to 09 in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

For more information :

Heart of Bastide
44 rue Alsace Lorraine, 33220 Sainte-Foy-la-Grande