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May 11, 2020

The thought exhibition »Critical Zones – Observatories for Earthly Politics« about the critical situation of the earth falls through the Corona crisis into a critical time. A new earth policy also requires a new exhibition policy: We are broadcasting!
The growing exhibition at the ZKM will be combined with a digital exhibition that will also be rising steadily. The museum will become a »home museum« with a virtual accompanying program.
On May 22, 2020 from 7...

May 11, 2020

Just at the moment when the idea of sovereignty has become obsolete through the intensification of globalization, planetary changes and migrations, the new political mood is to withdraw behind the borders that Nation States invented in previous centuries. In spite of the vast transformations that the new climatic regime requires, it is today a politics of identity, nationalism and borders that seems the most attractive to voters. Everywhere the choice is either to prolong the extension of globalization or else return to the older ideas of strictly enforced sovereignty. There seems to be no...

March 29, 2020

This is an exercice extracted from a paper in French (translated in English by Stephen Muecke) in AOC-Media
A little exercise to make sure things don’t restart after the lock out just as they were before*
As to the 1st of May 2020, we open a platform to facilitate the answer to the questions and possibly to link people together.
Proposed by @BrunoLatourAIME following arguments proposed in Down to Earth Politics in the New Climatic Regime (Polity, 2018...

March 26, 2020

Is This a Dress Rehearsal?

The unforeseen coincidence between a general confinement and the period of Lent is still quite welcome for those who have been asked, out of solidarity, to do nothing and to remain at a distance from the battle front. This obligatory fast, this secular and republican Ramadan can be a good opportunity for them to reflect on what is important and what is derisory. . . It is as though the intervention of the virus could serve as a dress rehearsal for the next...

February 27, 2020

You may access the page and the videos here.
In 2014, Sciences Po realized a MOOC on Digital Humanities (a 101 sociology of science class) in English with lots of documents and exercise. For questions of rights it was abandonned after two successful years. The biologist and STS scholar Michael Flower had the good idea of resurrecting the MOOC starting with the intrductory videos by BL and then adding several features, including the feedback given by BL on some of the work done by students. We are testing here, on this site, whether this...

October 7, 2019

“You and I don’t share the same vision of the world” is a frequent figure of speech in political debates, whether in an official or informal setting. But the point is that today it is not merely a difference of “visions” about a space that would be the same for everyone, but a question of “the material nature” of the very world that we are talking about. Whereas in earlier times, geopolitics implied that there were different people with different interests fighting for territories that were parts of the same nature, today it is the composition of this very nature that is at stake.

July 9, 2019

Critical Zones: Observatories for Earthly Politics
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
9.5. – 4.10.2020
Annoucement of the show on e-Flux
Curated by: Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel with Martin Guinard and Bettina Korintenberg
Curatorial Committee: Alexandra Arènes, Jérôme Gaillardet, Joseph Koerner, Daria Mille, and the Critical Zones Study Group at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG)

October 25, 2018

Don't be put off by the title which is not from the journalist! It is accessible on NYT page apparently free
Crowded into the little concrete room, we were seeing gravity as Latour had always seen it — not as the thing in itself, nor as a mental representation, but as scientific technology allowed us to see it. This, in Latour’s view, was the only way it could be seen. Gravity, he has...

July 22, 2018

Accessible on the site of the journal
How to survive in this forest? How to keep it alive? Latour poses these questions in relation to the current global ecological crisis; but they are equally apt when applied to the “forest”––or to use Latour’s own metaphor, “biodiversity”––of STS. In his interview, Latour puts forward a particular vision for STS’s survival; a vision of STS as neither critical of nor ancillary to science,...

July 20, 2018

Emeritus Professor at Sciences Po, Bruno Latour has been elected to the British Academy for the humanities and social sciences. Specialist of sociology and the philosophy of sciences, he has developed an analysis of our societies through the prism of anthropology of modernity. As Vice-President of Research at Sciences Po from 2008 to 2012, he impulsed new directions, in particular by creating the medialab, a unique unit of digital analysis of societies.
The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences, and an independent fellowship of around 1,400...