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 present and debate the research problems the CSI is currently dealing with. Together with external personalities, the researchers and the PhD students of the CSI invited the participants to explore 6 contemporary problems through the lens of STS.

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 efforts, into merchandise? By what means do agents become capable of assessing goods and of calculating their decisions? Does not their meeting require meticulous adjustments? What are the mainsprings of the mobilization and of the framing of passions? How do they manage to attract customers and obtain their willingness to pay?

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 Justice to hear the verdict. It is finally announced by an insider and welcomed with joy in this queue, in the rain, at the doors of the Courts, by some of those who have brought the case to justice.

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.

Collective investigation in San Francisco with the students minoring in Public Affairs and Innovation

From 7 to 20 February 2016, the twelve students minoring in Public Affairs and Innovation (PAI) went to San Francisco as part of a study trip to participate in a collective investigation. In the frame of the CitEx project (City Experiment with urban mobility practices), involving a partnership with the Institute for Sustainable mobility (Renault-Nissan Alliance), the investigation explored the linkages between infrastructures, urban innovation…