“Une journée avec Bruno Latour”

The Center for the Sociology of Innovation holds on the forthcoming 23rd of October a day-long tribute to Bruno Latour.

Bruno Latour has left a considerable intellectual legacy, many milestones of which he set during his twenty-five years at the CSI, where he was, in turn and in his own way, an anthropologist of science and technology, a political theologian and an investigative philosopher. During this event, members of the CSI, Bruno Latour’s companions along the way and researchers whom he has inspired or baffled will continue their conversation with his work.


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HDR in STS (“sciences, technologies, societies”)

Preparing an HDR (habilitation à diriger des recherches) at Mines Paris – PSL is now possible, as of 2023. The CSI (Centre for the Sociology of Innovation) offers to support the preparation of a HDR in “STS” (“sciences, technologies, societies”) […]

Quand la mine déborde. Enquêtes sur la fabrique des territoires extractifs

Juliette Cerceau and Brice Laurent (Eds.)

At a time of energy and digital “transitions” and health and geopolitical crises, access to mineral raw materials is becoming a crucial issue forcing us to question mining activity.

The contributors to the book are Nassima Abdelghafour, Sylvia Becerra, Tessa Bonincontro, Juliette Cerceau, Liliana Doganova, Noémie Fayol, Yona Jébrak, Brice Laurent, Claude LeGouill, Pierre-Yves Le Meur, Florian Tena-Chollet and Roberta Rubino.

TTI.5 Award for best study of an environmental controversy

The Transition Institute 1.5 launched its first edition of the TTI.5 Award for best study of an environmental controversy on May 31st, 2023.

The prize is awarded to the best case study selected among the papers written by students of the civil engineering program of Mines Paris–PSL. These controversy studies are carried out as part of the course Description of Controversies coordinated by Madeleine Akrich.

The winning group formed by Sylvain Caillaud, Arsène Ferrière, Grégoire Michel, Léopold Moeneclaey, Aymeric Plessier, Joseph Redaud, Victoire Rossignol and Maud Roux-Salembien was rewarded for its study entitled « Betteraves, oiseaux et néonicotinoïdes. To bee or not to beet?  »  [Beets, birds and neonicotinoids].

Valorisation at CNRS through the prism of sociology of sciences 

Victoria Brun

Valorisation has been an official mission of CNRS since 1982. Although research practices at the interface with the socio-economic world are nothing new, they have been facilitated since the 1990’s by a proliferation of new public policy instruments. To help them navigate this complex ecosystem, in 2017 the heads of the valorisation departments of the CNRS Institutes asked for reflective feedback on their activities, through a doctoral research. Victoria Brun began this investigation in October 2019, drawing on her expertise in sociology of science and mixed methods acquired during her postgraduate studies. This article presents several of the methodological issues of the inquiry she conducted.

The Great Climate Fair: Semiotics of COP27

Béatrice Cointe

COP27 ended on the morning of November 20. If the results of the COPs are widely commented on, less is heard about their scenography. However, it says a lot about the state of the climate problem and how it is dealt with. […]