Felix Guattari

1965 : FGERI

The FGERI, Federation of study and institutional research groups, is created by institutional psychotherapists (Jean Oury and Félix Guattari among others), anti-Stalinists and Trotskyists, who defined themselves as a « place where the critic literary [could] be questioned by the mathematician, the ethnologist by the filmmaker, the psychiatrist by the political activist, the anarchist by the madman, the economist by the poet « . Félix Guattari defines the FGERI in 1972: « In October 1965 a dozen groups, working in the perspective of institutional analysis, federate within the FGERI – Federation of Study Groups and Institutional Research. They bring together about 300 psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychologists, nurses, educators, teachers, teachers, urban planners, architects, economists, co-workers, film-makers, and so on. « . This association was intended to be a network where each group could be assured of its autonomy of work, thus theoretically permitting the study of any subject related to the institutional – « institutional » thing understood in a broad sense, including political.


Creation of the journal « Recherches » to give more visibility to the FGERI and whose founding number indicates the main dimensions of the collective research in progress: philosophy of institutional psychotherapy, traffic economy, new social responsibilities of architecture , literary and theatrical creation, education, freedom of conception of children, health policy, psychiatry.

Summary of the first issue: Some philosophical reflections on institutional psychotherapy by Felix Guattari I About the circulation of money by Jean Medam I For a democratization of architecture by A. Fabre, A. Schmied, A. Zublena I Notes on theater by Roland Dubillard I Journal of an educator by Fernand Deligny I A dimension of the Pedagogical Institution: social demand by René Lourau I Voluntary maternity by Dr. Roger mery I Doctors and the socialist perspective by Jean-Claude Polack I Health policy in psychiatry by Dr. Jean Ayme I Day after party at the asylum by Jean-Pierre Muyard


Creation of the journal « L’Homme et la Société » in a period of extreme development of the social sciences and in an analytical and critical perspective of synthesis at the crossroads of the dominant currents at the time: existentialism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, structuralism. Multidisciplinary since its inception, the journal is addressed to all disciplines of the social sciences – its committee is composed of sociologists, historians, economists, anthropologists, jurists, but also philosophers and specialists in literature – and displays an ambition to criticize the contemporary processes of naturalization of actors and societies and to decipher current initiatives and alternatives that produce emancipation and individual and collective self-emancipation.

List of authors of the first issue : Bon, Frédéric – Burnier, Michel-Antoine – Dangeville, Roger – Duchamp, Roger – Duvignaud, Jean – Gurvitch, Georges – Jamons, Raymond – Jatrin, Robert – Jonas, Serge – Lefebvre, Henri – Luporini, Cesare – Sanvoisin, Jean – Sartan, Yves – Szczepanski, Jan

In issue 06 we find a chapter of the Right to the City that will be published a year later. Signed « Faculty of Letters at Nanterre », where Henri Lefebvre teaches from 1965 to 1968.


A peer-reviewed journal in the humanities and social sciences, it is interdisciplinary, international and francophone and is defined as an « international critical review of planning, architecture and urbanization ». Unlike the Urban Research Mission and the birth of the Annals of Urban Research, this review is not intended to interface with public policies but to create interdisciplinary cross-views.

The first issue is under the direction of Henri Lefebvre « reflection on the politics of space » and Anatole Kopp « the art of left, instrument of social transformation ».

List of authors of the first issue : Lefebvre, Henri – Kopp, Anatole – Riboulet, Pierre – Medam, Alain – Segre, Roberto – Lojkine J. – Destandau J.L. – Ledrut, Raymond – Castells, Manuel – Hobsbawn, Eric – Coquery, Michel

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