OPENING PLENARY LECTURE

Rematerializing Humanities Thanks to Digital Traces

Overview:

Since the great advantage of the digital is to rematerialize the older cognitive functions it becomes possible to transform many activities considered before as “abstract” into an empirical domain. The lecture will go through several attempts at harnessing this new materiality for the benefit of digital humanities and social┬áscience generally. Examples will be drawn from the field of publishing, design, research as well as from social theory and political science.

Biography:

Bruno Latour is a professor at Sciences Po Paris, director of its medial and principal investigator of the AIME project, he has also realized a MOOC on “scientific humanities” (on the FUN platform) and developed from the outside, because of his interest in actor-network-theory, an interest in the digital as a tracer of associations. He is the recipient of the Holberg Prize for 2013. Most of his papers and all its references can be found, together with lots of other documents and goodies, on his webpage www.bruno-latour.fr