News & Logs

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.

August 18, 2017

In this article, “An Unexpected Journey
A few lessons from Sciences Po médialab’s experience” Tommaso Venturini, Mathieu Jacomy, Axel Meunier,
Bruno Latour Big Data & Society July–December 2017: 1–11 accessible on line, we present a few lessons we learnt in the establishment of the Sciences Po médialab. As an interdisciplinary laboratory associating social scientists, code developers and information designers, the me ́dialab is not one...

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...

November 7, 2016

A special issue of the Journal New Literary History directed by Rita Felski with many papers by Dipesh Chakrbarty, Yves Citton, Steven Connor, Francis Halball, Graham Harman, Antoine Hennion, Patrice Maniglier, Stephen Muecke, Barbara Herrstein Smith, Nigel hrift & Michael Witmore, and a response by BL.

September 16, 2016

Gerard de Vries' presentation of BL's work has been launched during a meeting organized by CRASSH Cambridge. The book is published by Polity.