Seminar on Monday, October 31 at 4pm in the Ver Steeg Lounge of the Main University Library

"Nature at the Cross-Road: The Bifurcation of Nature and Its End"



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Bruno Latour is one of the world's leading thinkers about science and technology. In recent years, he has been bringing his approach to science studies to such topics as religion, social theory, the environment, and the law. From 1982 to 2004, he was professor at the Centre de sociologie de l'Innovation at the Ecole nationale supérieure des mines in Paris and for various periods a visiting professor at UCSD, at the London School of Economics and in the history of science department of Harvard University. He is currently professor at Sciences Po in Paris. Among his works translated into English are: Laboratory Life, Science in Action, The Pasteurization of France, Aramis or the Love of Technology, We Have Never been Modern, a series of essays, Pandora's Hope, and The Politics of Nature. His most recent book is a monograph on the Conseil d'Etat entitled, La Fabrique du droit.


Much of his recent work has focused on creating exhibits, both in museums and on the web. These include Paris ville invisible, a photographic essay on the technical & social aspects of the city of Paris. http://www.ensmp.fr/~latour/virtual/. In 2002, with Peter Weibel and others, he curated an exhibition entitled Iconoclash. http://hosting.zkm.de/icon/stories/storyReader$3. And his most recent exhibition, Making Things Public. Atmospheres of Democracy, again curated with Peter Weibel, just closed at the Karlsruhe Center for Art and Media (ZKM). http://makingthingspublic.zkm.de/ . For further information about the works of Bruno Latour, see http://www.ensmp.fr/~latour


These public lecture and seminar were made possible with the generous aid of Northwestern University, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Communication, the Klopsteg fund, the French Indisciplinary Group, and the Program of Comparative Literature.