Created seven years ago, the médialab of Sciences Po is a very lively and innovative research group that is specialized in crossing the boundary between social theory (at the beginning mainly ANT and Tarde inspired social research) and the new abundance of digital traces.
A powerpoint presentation of the project 'theater of negotiations' to be held in a theater in Paris in May 2015 as a simulation of the real COP21, Paris December 2015. Inscriptions for proposing or being in a delegation are closed, but lot's of volunteers are still welcome. See the site of Make it Work
Lecture by Bruno Latour on Thursday the 12th and the play written by Pierre Daubigny on the 14th of February at the occasion of an important meeting launching the Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability 2015: ‘Anthropological Visions of Sustainable Futures’ at Department of Anthropology University College London.
Ulrich Beck had deeply transformed the social science, the very notion of the modernist project and was also a good friend. We were contemplating together, less than three weeks ago, all the projects we had in common. It is a tragedy. I published many times on his work, including an imaginary dialog for his 60th birtday, and we had a long dispute around cosmopolitics versus cosmopolitanism. Our thoughts are going to his wife...
What an amazing gift! Sure it might be poisonous. But how silly it would be not to try to peek through the wrapping to take a glimpse of what is in store. (Read text of the lecture here)
Last week, in Berlin, an event took place that was as modest as it was decisive: for the first time, the Working Group of the Sub-Commission on Quarternary Stratigraphy met under the chairmanship of an English geologist, Dr Jan Zalasiewicz. Hardly headline news, is it? That’s where you’re wrong. To begin with, these geologists were meeting in connection with, and at the invitation of, a cultural institution (the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, located a stone’s throw from the Reichstag). Already that’s something of an oddity. But, more than that, they were meeting for our benefit, by which I...
An original enterprise organized in a theater (Les Amandiers, Nanterre) with students of various universities at the initiative of Laurence Tubiana and of Sciences Po, run by students from Sciences Po and from SPEAP and directed by Frédérique Ait-Touati and Bruno Latour plus many different professors.
Here is how to be part of the delegations that will be chosen by the negociation.
Camila Marambio, a former SPEAP student, and a remarkable artist from Chile, did this interview of BL in Rio which is a good and quick way to review some of the links with arts and sciences and connect with the various artistic projects of the year - especially the simulation of the climate conference that will be run in the Amandiers theatre in the outskirts of Paris in May 2015. The article is published in the Miami Rail.
Graham Harman's new book: Bruno Latour. Reassembling the Political (Modern European Thinkers) London: Pluto Press, 2014, reorders a lot of often contradictory and incoherent arguments made over forty years on political theory. It will be of great use first to the commented author and to many readers who were at a loss to define whether or not there was a political philosophy in such a body of work.
Words of thanks to the BJS board from the authors of the paper on Tarde using digital tools:
"We are very honoured by your award especially because this is the first technical paper in English coming out of the médialab we created five years ago to connect social theory and what is now called "big data" but that should really be called "smart data". The médialab had been conceived largely to understand what...