Call for applications 2019: PhD research contract

Thematic project: “Forms of research valorization and dissemination”

The Centre de sociologie de l’innovation (CSI) of Mines ParisTech, PSL University, is launching a call for applications for a Ph.D. student. The Doctoral research is part of the current scientific orientations of the CSI. It is based on an STS approach in dialogue with different disciplines (including sociology, anthropology, political science, management, history and economics).

The topic of the doctoral research is: “Forms of research valorization and dissemination” (see below). The research is funded by the CNRS, as a full-time employment PhD contract for a period of three years, starting in October 2019.

Measuring union discrimination: a struggle issue

Interview with Vincent-Arnaud Chappe by Florian Pipard’s for the journal Action juridique – CFDT.

How can we explain that union discrimination has only recently been studied?

For a long time, union discrimination appeared to the unionists themselves a “normal” consequence of industrial action, the price to be paid for commitment, and even proof of this commitment and union combativeness! Things started to change in the mid-1990s, with the action of union activists from the CGT at Peugeot Sochaux, even if there had already been struggles previously for trade union freedom and against punitive layoffs, in particular during the 1970s, in part thanks to the action of the CFDT. If, in recent years, researchers (sociologists, jurists, economists, political scientists, etc.) have shown more interest in union discrimination, it is first and […]

A workshop at the Ethnography Biennial of the EHESS about commitments on agricultural fields

Mathieu Rajaoba and Sophie Tabouret

The proliferation of agricultural innovations: a call to question how social sciences investigations are performed. The workshop we organized as part of the Ethonography Biennal of the EHESS was titled « Commitments, debates, positionings: investigating alongside the actors. The case of agricultural innovations ».The initial idea was to discuss research on sociotechnical innovations in agriculture. Our intent was to question the proliferation of innovations in agriculture – whether digital (Bronson et Knezevic 2016), genetic (Bonneuil et Thomas 2009), organizational (Le Velly, Dufeu et Le Grel 2016) or innovations related to cultural techniques (Goulet et Vinck 2012) – and how social science investigations deal with this proliferation. Being the witnesses of major stakes, these objects of study act as privileged mediators in the approach of issues relating to the relationships to the living beings and […]

Two former CSI PhD students rewarded for the quality of their research

Benjamin Lemoine, Laureate of the Bronze Medal of the CNRS 2018. The Bronze Medal rewards the first work of a researcher – which makes him a talented specialist in his field. This award represents an encouragement by the CNRS to pursue well initiated and already fruitful research.

Alaric Bourgoin, winner of the Human Relations 2018 Paper of the Year Award. The Human Relations Paper of the Year Award is given to the paper that the Editorial Team considers best encapsulates broad readership appeal, sound methods, and whose theory advances our understanding of human relations at work.

Producing knowledge and technologies at the boundaries of scientific institutions

Morgan Meyer

The exploration of amateurs in natural history, garage biology or the self-construction of agricultural equipment has the common interest of leading to places, practices and collectives that are located outside or at the boundaries of scientific institutions. It is not only because they force us to look beyond laboratories, universities and research centres that alternative ways of producing knowledge, manufacturing equipment and creating networks constitute a relevant research theme. Their relevance also lies in what they afford: another look at science, its limits, its hierarchies, its confinements. […]

The Mushroom at the End of the World. On the possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

Nassima Abdelghafour

The Mushroom at the End of the World. On the possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, published by Princeton University Press in 2015, is the latest book by anthropologist Anna Tsing. It is about a wild mushroom called matsutake, which has been appreciated as a delicacy and a fine gift for centuries in Japan because of its aromatic qualities. After World War II, as Japan industrialized, forests were felled and peasants stopped tending to the communal woodlands (called satoyama) in the traditional way. The landscapes where matsutake once thrived disappeared, and by the 1970s matsutake had become very hard to come by in Japan. The book follows the global supply chains that procure matsutake to the Japanese market…

Innovation et participation. Approches critiques

Book edited by Brice Laurent, Michael Baker, Valérie Beaudouin and Nathalie Raulet-Croset

“Co-creation”, “open innovation” or “responsible innovation” are some of the new expectations of innovation. This new innovation repertoire is used in companies, public authorities and civil society organisations. It translates into instruments (digital platforms, collaborative spaces, etc.) dedicated to renewing the relationship between innovation and its audiences, and allowing to consider innovation as a participatory process. How does participation manifest itself in innovation processes? What are the economic and political…

« Avec » Antoine Hennion : de la Passion Musicale aux êtres fragiles

A l’initiative de son directeur scientifique Alexandre Monnin, Origens Medialab, dont est membre Antoine Hennion, organise du 24 au 26 septembre 2018 un colloque intitulé « Avec » Antoine Hennion : de la Passion Musicale aux êtres fragiles.

Argument du colloque :

Il y a vingt-cinq paraissait La Passion musicale, illustration par le geste de la sociologie de la médiation d’Antoine Hennion, qui, parallèlement aux travaux développés dans le champ des sciences et des techniques par Bruno Latour et Michel Callon, puis Madeleine Akrich, ouvrit l’ANT (théorie de l’acteur-réseau) à de nouveaux terrains, dans les champs jusqu’alors inexplorés par cette dernière de l’art et de la culture. Cet anniversaire…