Conference in Athens by Bruno Latour at the Cycladic Art Museum at 7pm on how the AIME project could bear on economic crisis of the Greek magnitude. More information here or below:
Bruno Latour talk. 'First and Second Nature: What Politics?'
At the 8th of January 2014, the Museum of Cycladic Art welcomes the French philosopher Bruno Latour as Prominent Visitor- Professor of Philosophy. Latour is well known not only for his identity as sociologist, anthropologist and historian of technology’s science but also, as one of the most authentic philosophers in Europe today.
Latour excels the last years with awards and honorable distinctions. Among others, in 2013 he was announced as the winner of the Holberg Memorial Prize, which is considered the “Nobel prize” for arts and humanities and social sciences. Also, his monographs earned him a 10th place among the most-cited book authors in the humanities and social sciences for the year 2007.
Latour is known for his contribution in the study of science, for his original philosophical perspective on the rise and fall of modernity and for his innovative thoughts towards politics, nature, ecology and art. After teaching at the École des Mines de Paris (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation), Latour is now a Professor at Sciences Po Paris, where he is also, the scientific director of the Sciences Po Medialab. He has taught at Harvard University and is a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. He is best known for his books We have never been Modern, 1991, Laboratory Life, 1979, and Science in Action, 1987. His contribution in the field of sociology is widely known through his theory, Αctor-Network Theory often abbreviated as ANT. Briefly, ANT offers a methodology for the description of socially and materially heterogeneous systems in all their fragility and obduracy. ANT is better to be looked at, as a method of doing research. It is a research approach with a focus on the connections between human and non-human entities. This means that it assigns agency to both human and non human actors. ANT does not typically attempt to explain why a network exists; it is more interested in the infrastructure of actor-networks, how they are formed, how they can fall apart, etc.
Latour’s visit in Athens, signals the rebooting of the ‘What is to be Done?’ lecture series that is curated by art historian Marina Vranopoulou and was inaugurated in 2011. Within the first semester of 2014 lectures by Boris Groys, Andrea Fraser and Anton Vidokle, will follow.
Wednesday 8th January 2014, 19.00-20.30 Auditorium, 5th floor
Ticket: 5€ / Museum Friends: Free admission
The lecture will be held in English