Posts Tagged ‘Bruno Latour’

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).


Forthcoming events with Callon, Latour et al.

24 January 2012

20 February 2012,  18:00 – 19:30 – Bruno Latour at the Science Gallery in Dublin.

7 March 2012, 16:30 – 19:00 –  Bruno Latour & Richard Rogers:  “Digital societies: between ontology and methods,” at Goldsmiths, London

30 March 2012 – 12:30 – 16:30 – Michel Callon, Fabian Muniesa, Adam Leaver and Karel Williams: “How Methods Move in Markets,” at Open University, Camden, London

Towards Speculative Realism

10 November 2010

Graham Harman’s new book of old essays and lectures has just been published under the title Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures, by Zero Books. Its publication is a proper ANTHEM event, in the sense that this book deals with both actor-network theory and Heidegger, as well as Harman’s own attempt to build on both, through his object-oriented philosophy. Here are the contents:

    1. Phenomenology and the Theory of Equipment (1997)
    2. Alphonso Lingis on the Imperatives in Things (1997)
    3. The Theory of Objects in Heidegger and Whitehead (1997)
    4. A Fresh Look at Zuhandenheit (1999)
    5. Bruno Latour, King of Networks (1999)
    6. Object-Oriented Philosophy (1999)
    7. The Revival of Metaphysics in Continental Philosophy (2002)
    8. Physical Nature and the Paradox of Qualities (2006)
    9. Space, Time, and Essence: An Object-Oriented Approach (2008)
    10. The Assemblage Theory of Society (2008)
    11. Objects, Matter, Sleep, and Death (2009)

      Research as Exhibition

      6 May 2010

      Beyond the Academy: Research as Exhibition” – a symposium at Tate Britain Auditorium on Friday 14 May 2010, 10.00–17.30,  featuring, among others, Bruno Latour and Noortje Marres.

      The exhibition is increasingly being reframed as a ‘research output’, but what can new forms of research and collaboration bring to the concept and curatorship of the exhibition? Is the idea of the exhibition being distorted or creatively extended by new disciplinary practices and knowledge? In what ways do new forms of research exhibitions create new types of knowledge and experience for the audience?

      Hat tip to Mutable Matter.

      Update (6 May 2010): I’ve been just told that Latour will also take part in a panel discussion at the following event at the LSE in the afternoon of 14 May:

      Richard Sennett: The Sociology of Public Life

      Sociology Department conference

      Date: Friday 14 May 2010

      Time: 2-6pm

      Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

      Speakers: Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Bruno Latour, Alan Rusbridger, Professor Judy Wajcman, David Adjaye, Professor Geoff Mulgan, Lord Richard Rogers, Polly Toynbee

      Chairs: Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, Professor Ricky Burdett

      In this exciting half-day conference two panels on ‘Public Life and Public Policy’ and ‘Cities and the Public Realm’, discuss these themes in the context of the work of Professor Sennett, the eminent sociologist whose recent books include The Culture of the New Capitalism and The Craftsman.

      A Compositionist Manifesto

      26 April 2010

      “A Compositionist Manifesto” – A lecture given by Bruno Latour as part of the Literature and Science Seminar Series at the Faculty of English, University of Oxford.

      5.30pm, Wednesday 12 May 2010

      St Cross Building, Lecture Theatre 2

      A few issues in cosmopolitics

      15 March 2010

      Listen to the entire audio or watch a bit of video: “Can nature be recomposed? A few issues in cosmopolitics” by Bruno Latour, with an introduction by Vincent Antonin Lépinay and a response by Mark Jarzombek, at MIT’s Science & Technology Studies Program, 22 February 2010

      War of the Worlds

      15 March 2010

      Now available as a PDF download from the publisher:

      Latour, B. (2002). War of the Worlds: What About Peace? Chicago, Prickly Paradigm Press.

      New books on Gabriel Tarde

      15 March 2010

      Latour, B. and V. A. Lépinay (2009). The Science of Passionate Interests: An Introduction to Gabriel Tarde’s Economic Anthropology. Chicago, Prickly Paradigm Press : Distributed by the University of Chicago Press.

      Candea, M. ed. (2010). The Social after Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments. London, Routledge.

      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.

      Can Modernity be Modernized?

      16 May 2008

      On 6 June 2008 Bruno Latour will be giving a lecture entitled “Can Modernity be Modernized?” at the University of Bologna, on the occasion of receiving the ISA Medal for Science from the Institute of Advanced Studies.