Posts Tagged ‘Actor-network-theory’

Graham Harman: Bruno Latour – Reassembling the Political

4 November 2014

Just published: Graham Harman: Bruno Latour – Reassembling the Political (Pluto Press)Bruno Latour: Reassembling the Political

Bruno Latour, the French sociologist, anthropologist and long-established superstar in the social sciences is revisited in this pioneering account of his ever-evolving political philosophy. Breaking from the traditional focus on his metaphysics, most recently seen in Harman’s book Prince of Networks (2009), the author instead begins with the Hobbesian and even Machiavellian underpinnings of Latour’s early period and encountering his shift towards Carl Schmitt and finishing with his final development into the Lippmann / Dewey debate. Harman brings these twists and turns into sharp focus in terms of Latour’s personal political thinking.

Along with Latour’s most important articles on political themes, the book chooses three works as exemplary of the distinct periods in Latour’s thinking: The Pasteurization of France, Politics of Nature, and the recently published An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence, as his conception of politics evolves from a global power struggle between individuals, to the fabrication of fragile parliamentary networks, to just one mode of existence among many others.

Graham Harman is Distinguished University Professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is the author of numerous books, including Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects (2002) and Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics (2009).

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Reflections of an Actor-Network Theorist

13 March 2010

YouTube video: “Networks, Societies, Spheres: Reflections of an Actor-Network Theorist” by Bruno Latour, The International Network Theory Conference, University of Southern California, 19 February 2010. Download PowerPoint slides [PDF].

Hat tip to and more information at Annenberg Networks Network.

4S/EASST: Actor Network Theory meets (Post) Phenomenology

6 June 2008

The draft programme for the 2008 4S/EASST Conference in Rotterdam is now available from the 4S website [1MB PDF]. There are just too many interesting talks here for us to be able to even begin to list them, so we will stick with highlighting just the one session that is most closely in line with the ANTHEM theme: Session 1.3.16 “Actor Network Theory meets (Post)Phenomenology,” between 13:30-15:30 on 21 August 2008 in Room T3-31. Session organisers: Jack Post and Peter-Paul Verbeek. The talks:

  • “I have never been Modern – nor has Postphenomenology been so,” by Don Ihde, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • “Posthuman Perceptions: on hybrids and human-technology relations,” by Peter-Paul Verbeek, University of Twente

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Recording of ANTHEM session 13-Nov-07

14 November 2007

Here is a recording (46 minutes) of this week’s discussion. The reading schedule can be viewed here.

Recording of ANTHEM session 30-Oct-07

31 October 2007

A recording of the second ANTHEM session of the current term is available here (2 hours 13 minutes). The reading schedule can be accessed here.

Graham Harman on Heidegger and Latour

29 October 2007

Graham Harman will be giving a talk entitled “On Actors, Networks, and Plasma: Heidegger vs. Latour vs. Heidegger” at ISIG at the LSE at 12:00 on Thursday 29 November 2007.

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Recording of ANTHEM session 16-Oct-07

29 October 2007

The first ANTHEM session of the current term from 16 October 2007 had been recorded and posted on this site. Click here to listen (1 hour 22 minutes). Further details on the current reading schedule are available here.

Invitation to sing along

29 October 2007

The ANTHEM reading sessions are currently under way. Please click here to see the current reading schedule. In the Michaelmas term (October to December 2007) we will be reading Bruno Latour’s Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory in five instalments. Recordings of each session will be posted on this site. We invite you to join us in reading this book, listen to the discussion, and post your comments. If you would like to become a standing member of the ANTHEM gathering, you can apply for membership here. We are looking forward to a great discussion on this forum.