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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.

September 18, 2017

In the amazing site of the San Giorgio Cini Foundation, 13 scholars from very different domains, tried to explore whether or not there was a way to use the ecological crisis to redefine the ancient metaphors of the Body Politic.

July 4, 2017

Four years after the Gifford lectures, the book is finally available in English at Polit. It is of course an entirely different text (with two more lectures) after having been translated in French, rewritten and then excellently translated by Cathy Porter.

April 27, 2017

It is clear that there is a contradiction between the goal of universal development associated with modernization and what could now be called the state of the planet. Earth scientists have recently developed the notion of Anthropocene, referring to a new era of history in which humans are regarded as a geological force, able to durably modify Earth’s ecology; though it remains controversial, it offers a convenient word to designate the tension between human development and the material...

January 22, 2017

Europe alone—only Europe
Bruno Latour
Translated by Stephen Muecke

I begin with the simple idea that climate change and its denial have been organising all contemporary politics at least for the last three decades. Climate change plays the same role that social questions and the class struggle played over the two preceding centuries.
We can understand nothing about the way inequalities have exploded for forty years, and the accompanying movement towards massive deregulation, if we don’t admit that a good part of the globalised elite had perfectly understood what...

November 13, 2016

Translation by Clara Soudan & Jaeyoon Park of a piece in Le Monde 12-12-16 publié par la Los Angeles Review of Book
The question is now whether the tragedy of the 8.11, following after the Brexit one, can help us avoid what happens next. Can we get away from both utopias, that of the global just as well as that of the return to an old soil? For this we should attempt to land on a slightly more solid, realist and durable earth. For the moment unfortunately the...