Dimitris Papadopoulos (University of Nottingham)

Guest seminar with

Dimitris Papadopoulos

Professor of Science, Technology and Society

Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

Experimental Practice

Technoscience, Alterontologies,

and More-Than-Social Movements

Introduction to the discussion by Mathilde Pellizzari

Back cover: In Experimental Practice Dimitris Papadopoulos explores the potential for building new forms of political and social movements through the reconfiguration of the material conditions of existence. Rather than targeting existing institutions in demands for social justice, Papadopoulos calls for the creation of alternative ontologies of everyday life that would transform the meanings of politics and justice. Inextricably linked to technoscience, these “alterontologies”—which Papadopoulos examines in a variety of contexts, from AIDS activism and the financialization of life to hacker communities and neuroscience—form the basis of ways of life that would embrace the more-than-social interdependence of the human and nonhuman worlds. Speaking to a matrix of concerns about politics and justice, social movements, matter and ontology, everyday practice, technoscience, the production of knowledge, and the human and nonhuman, Papadopoulos suggests that the development of alterontologies would create more efficacious political and social organizing.

Duke University Press, 2018

The Guest Seminar Series is organized collectively by the CSI PhD students. It is open upon registration.

Contact and registration: Loïc Riom

Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Venue: Mines ParisTech, 60 bd St Michel, 75006 Paris – Salle St Jacques

Guest seminar programme

Photo source: Decenter the human: interview with D. Papadopoulos and M. P. de la Bellacasa, The Swamp School, Biennale Architettura, 2018.