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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...

April 11, 2018

The following conversation, recorded in June 2016, addresses these issues. The recorded interview was transcribed by Mathilde Højrup and edited by Ethnos editor Nils Bubandt before approval by the three participants:
I think this is the first time that the three of you are in a room together, is that right?
Each of us have met, but not at the same time ...
In that case, this is a historical event! As well as a marvellous...

October 14, 2017

You can see the video of the performance show played by BL in the beautiful HAU theatre on this site.
If performance show are often done by artists playing with the genre of the academic lecture, this is the opposite here, thanks to the staging of Frédérique Ait-Touati, the images of ALexandra Arènes and Sonia Levy and the lighting and special effects of Patrick Laffont-DeLojo.

October 14, 2017

Journalists begin to understand that the "science war" (the so called Sokal affair) was a tempest in a teapot, but that the new one around denial of climate science and alternative facts is a reall war (war of the worlds in the sens defined in this piece many years ago). See this interview of BL in Science that might signal a change in official scientific attitude toward STS.