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. […]

Bruno Latour, 1947-2022

It is with great sadness that the Center for the Sociology of Innovation has learned of the death of Bruno Latour, who was for 25 years one of the pillars of our research center. He developed his research and teaching activities at the École des Mines from 1982 to 2006, carrying out a large part of the work for which he is best known. With Michel Callon and John Law in England, and later Madeleine Akrich and many other researchers, he led a radical renewal of the sociology of science and technology, through what was first called the sociology of translation, and then Actor-Network Theory – a theory soon to become internationally renowned. From his early days onwards, Latour […]

Le soin des choses. Politiques de la maintenance

A book by Jérôme Denis and David Pontille published by La Découverte

What do a furnace, a car, a signpost, a smartphone, a cathedral, a work of art, a satellite, a washing machine, a bridge, a clock, a computer server, the body of an illustrious statesman, or a tractor have in common? Almost nothing, except that none of these things, small or large, precious or banal, lasts without some form of maintenance. Every object wears out, degrades, eventually breaks, or even disappears. However, do we really grasp the importance of maintenance? […]

Le masque sanitaire sous toutes ses coutures

A book edited by Franck Cochoy, Gérald Gaglio, Anaïs Daniau, with the collaboration of Madeleine Akrich, Cédric Calvignac, Roland Canu, Alexandre Mallard, Morgan Meyer

In 2020, when Covid fell on our heads, sanitary masks also fell on our noses. But are Covid and masks inextricably linked? Do masks have more distant origins? Has it now become a fashion item? Has the standard sanitary mask mutated into multiple “variants”? How is the mask apprehended, whether for children, the “firsts in line for chores”, caregivers or shopkeepers?

This richly layered book provides answers to these and many other questions. It draws on […]

The deserters of AgroParisTech: beyond criticism

Morgan Meyer

A group of eight graduates of the engineering school AgroParisTech gave a notorious speech at their school’s last graduation ceremony. In their speech, they denounced the “destructive” jobs, the “social and ecological devastation” underway and the “war” on […]

Le citoyen-usager dans la co-conception urbaine

Retrouvez les podcasts de la journée d’étude interdisciplinaire i3 qui a eu lieu le 30 mars 2022 à Mines Paris : “Pourquoi, avec qui et comment concevoir ? Le citoyen-usager dans la co-conception urbaine” organisée par Carole-Anne Tisserand (CSI Mines Paris) et Aliénor Morvan (SES Télécom Paris).

Innover en temps de crise. Réactions et adaptations face à la crise Covid-19

Innovating in times of crisis. Reactions and adaptations to the Covid-19 crisis

Hervé Dumez, Benjamin Loveluck and Alexandre Mallard (Eds.)

Crises definitely give us food for thought – but not just about how to avoid them or how to get out of them. They challenge us in our ability to find solutions in the face of unprecedented difficulties, to rethink problems that we thought had been solved, or to accelerate developments that we had only sketched out. In short, they drive us to innovate.