News & Logs

March 20, 2015

In the simulation of the COP21 Climate conference organized by the students of Sciences Po and other universities, the key innovation to break the deadlock of nation states trying to negotiate CO2 emission instead of the causes is to modify the list of parties. This is what has been done. Now, the key exciting moment is to see how students will become able to represent those cross cutting entities against the self interest of nation-states.

February 14, 2015

Confronted with hideous crimes, the first temptation is to portray the perpetrators as archaic bloodthirsty fanatics who have no place in our midst and that should be uprooted and forever eliminated. It’s especially tempting to say that we are at war with them, since they themselves claim to be at war with us. However, we begin to have second thoughts when we learn that they have been educated in the same schools as our children and that until the moment when they started to be, as it is said, “radicalized”, they were fully “assimilated” to our “secular culture”. The more we learn about...

February 1, 2015

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

January 19, 2015

Kindly translated by Timothy Howles (and slightly abridged in Le Monde)
Sometimes artists supply the key to current events before they happen. I’m not referring to the novel of a certain Michel Houellebecq , but rather to the film Timbuktu (directed by Abderrahmane Sissako). In that film we find a local imam resisting jihadists who have come from outside the country. Is this Islam against Islam? No, what we have here is a very ancient Islam confronted by foreigners who show themselves incapable of understanding the history and values of the country on which they have laid...

January 16, 2015

The MOOC on Scientific Humanities starts again at the following adress It covers a basic approach to the field of science and technology studies and is based on lectures and various exercises. It is monitored by English speaking tutors to help students navigate through the class and complete the exercises.

January 14, 2015

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.

January 3, 2015

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...

December 10, 2014

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)

December 10, 2014

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...

November 23, 2014

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.