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The London Institute of ’Pataphysics was founded on New Year's Eve 127 EP (7 September 2000 vulg.), in the presence of various dignitaries of the Collège de ’Pataphysique, including the Provéditeur-Convecteur, Thieri Foulc, and Stanley Chapman, Regent, and current President of the LIP. It is an independent organisation, but maintains amiable relations with the Collège de ’Pataphysique via the London Annexe of the Rogation. It is anglophonic, rather than anglocentric (a number of its participants reside in the USA and elsewhere). The London Institute, like fellow associations in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Argentina, etc., engages in the promotion of “the vastest of sciences” in its native tongue.

The Collège de ’Pataphysique, founded in 1948, resumed a public role in France in 2000 after 25 years of “occultation”. The resurgence of this congenial organisation was marked with festivities, exhibitions, a new journal and the appointment of new Satraps (Umberto Eco, Jean Baudrillard and Fernando Arrabal, among others).

For an account of the Collège, see A True History of the College of ’Pataphysics

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