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"No longer are we surrounded by fields, woods, and rivers, but by signs, signals, billboards, screens, labels, and trademarks: this is our universe."
― Jacques Ellul

OUR UNIVERSE
No longer are we surrounded by fields, woods, and rivers...

“By thinking globally I can analyze all phenomena, but when it comes to acting, it can only be local...if it is to be honest, realistic, and authentic.”
― Jacques Ellul

ACTING LOCALLY
By thinking globally I can analyze all phenomena, but when it comes to...

“The elimination of traditional religions by modern culture is a process that creates new religions.”
― Jacques Ellul

NEW RELIGIONS
The elimination of traditional religions by modern culture is...

“When we become conscious of that which determines our life we attain the highest degree of freedom.”
― Jacques Ellul

THE HIGHEST FREEDOM
When we become conscious of that which determines our life...

“Propaganda is called upon to solve problems created by technology, to play on maladjustments, and to integrate the individual into a technological world.”
― Jacques Ellul

PROPAGANDA’S END
Propaganda is called upon to solve problems created by technology...

IJES Conference

Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago is the host of the IJES Conference, July 11-13 2024. We commemorate the 70th anniversary of Jacques Ellul’s The Technological Society (and the 60th for the English edition). It is fitting that we revisit Ellul’s magnum opus with fresh eyes and critical engagement, in our technologically obsessed era. 

Jacques Ellul & the 21st Century Technological Society

Conference Information

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The Ellul Forum

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The Society’s journal, the Ellul Forum, is now a twice-yearly printed publication. Issues are either mailed to IJES paying members or sent as PDF files via email as requested on a member’s web-account. Newest issues of the Forum will continue to be made freely available online after a delay of six months.

The aim of the Forum is to promote awareness and understanding of Ellul’s life and work and encourage a community of dialogue on these subjects. The Forum publishes work by and about Jacques Ellul and about themes relevant to his life and thought, from historical, contemporary, or creative perspectives. Content is published in English and French.

Introducing Ellul

Ellul's Last Home

Short Biography of Ellul

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What is Technique?

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Ellul’s Social Commitments

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Theme: Apocalypse and Utopia

New Publications

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Propaganda 2.1: Understanding Propaganda in the Digital Age

by Peter Fallon, Roosevelt University, Chicago

“Writing in the tradition of media-ecology scholars such as Jacques Ellul and Neil Postman, Peter Fallon takes on the subject of propaganda with intelligence, insight, and moral clarity. (This is) essential reading for anyone concerned about the contemporary media environment and where we may be headed in the years to come.”

-Lance Strate, Fordham University

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Bernard Charbonneau

Philosopher, Social Critic, Environmentalist

“He was one of the rare geniuses of our times….He taught me how to see the reality of society, instead of looking only into my books.”
— Jacques Ellul

NEW BOOK by Daniel Cérézuelle with excerpts by Charbonneau and Ellul on ecology themes…

la nature du combat: Pour une révolution écologique

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by Daniel Cerezuelle
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by Christian Roy

Video and Multimedia Resources

The Hidden Cost of Technological Progress

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Current Drift

Engaging Today’s Issues With Ellul

A new blog for engaging contemporary issues that Ellul himself would have engaged. Read more.

Wanted: guest authors who can write short pieces
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