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.

By following the translations and circulations that take place between the scientific world and other worlds, the issue of boundaries, of participation, and the issue of intermediation become particularly salient. My research is thus interested in science through a three-fold approach: to capture the materiality and spatiality of science by paying attention to the places, textures […]

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…

For a software policy to calculate gender inequality

Vincent-Arnaud Chappe

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 […]

The Chibanis of the SNCF: an exemplary mobilization

Vincent-Arnaud Chappe et Narguesse Keyhani

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 […]