Le travail invisible des données. Éléments pour une sociologie des infrastructures scripturales, a book by Jérôme Denis

The invisible work of data
Elements for a sociology of scriptural infrastructures

Open, massive, raw… data are at the heart of many debates today. Optimists see it as a natural resource whose harvest and circulation are revolutionizing innovation and democracy, while pessimists portray them as the fuel of mechanisms that will only benefit the powerful and reinforce inequalities. In the face of enthusiasm and panic, of the vocabulary of transparency, fluidity and automation that they mobilize, this book takes a step aside and defends the need to study the concrete modalities of data production and circulation. Data never fall from the sky. Nor do they rise to the surface of organizations. Prior to their promising or disturbing processing, they are the subject of work whose very nature, organization and processes that lead to its invisibility remain to be explored. By articulating the contributions of the sociology of science and technology, history, the anthropology of writing, the sociology of work and accounting studies, the book composes an original conceptual and methodological toolkit for questioning as closely as possible this data work, which has become central in companies and administrations from the end of the 19th century.

For a software policy to calculate gender inequality

The government has just decided to generalize the use of software to calculate the wage gap between women and men in companies, in order to force them to reduce wage inequality by 2022. This software is part of a history of statistical equipment of companies in favor of professional equality. Initially, in 1983, with the great Roudy law on professional equality, companies with more than 300 employees are required to produce an annual “Comparative Status on the Situation between Women and Men”(RSC). It is expected to objectify the gap between their respective situations (especially in terms of salaries but also in terms of hiring, conditions of employment, training, etc.) with the idea that revealing inequalities and the awareness that will follow will be sufficient to move the management and the social […]

The Chibanis of the SNCF: an exemplary mobilization

Wednesday, January 31, 12:30 pm: we queue in front of the Palais de Justice (Law Courts) on the Ile de la Cité, in Paris, hoping to hear the deliberation of the hearing held, eight months ago on appeal, in the lawsuit opposing 848 railway workers, most of them of Moroccan origin, to the SNCF (French National Railway Company). They are waiting for the confirmation of the verdict of the labor courts which, two years before, recognized, the discrimination exercised by the railway company on the grounds of their nationality and origin. Like dozens of railway workers, we have not managed to enter the Palais de […]

L’emprise des marchés, a book by Michel Callon

The grip of markets. Understanding how they function in order to change them

While partisans and despisers of the market economy confront each other with a rare violence, a prior question arises: what is a market?
Michel Callon shows that the organization of market activities is not limited to the mere confrontation between offers and demands. How is a “thing” transformed, after immense […]

Rethinking political with STS lens

Colloquium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the CSI
30 November – 1st December, 2017

The Center for the Sociology of Innovation is 50 years old!

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the CSI organized a two-day colloquium on November 30th and December 1st. Since its foundation in 1967, the CSI has played a major role in the development of the field of Science and Technology Studies. The CSI has contributed to the analysis of innovation processes, the place of science and technology in society, the dynamics of the economy. This celebration of the CSI’s 50th anniversary was an opportunity to […]

2017 Forccast Prize for the Controversy Mapping Awards Ceremony

The 2017 Forccast Controversy Mapping Awards Ceremony took place on June 30 at Sciences Po. This was a special occasion as the event capped off an all-day symposium organized for the hand-over of Bruno Latour to Dominique Cardon at the head of Sciences Po’s Médialab. A prize was awarded to the best work realized in 2017 within the framework of three different courses that, as Nicolas Benvegnu, executive director of the Forccast program, recalled, were successively created and taught by Bruno Latour. The earliest course […]

Democratic experiments, a book by Brice Laurent

In Democratic Experiments, Brice Laurent discusses the challenges that emerging technologies create for democracy today. He focuses on nanotechnology and its attendant problems, proposing nanotechnology as a lens through which to understand contemporary democracy in both theory and practice.