Interview with Bruno Latour from Figure/Ground

Original Available here © Bruno Latour and Figure/Ground Communication Dr. Latour was interviewed by Andrew Iliadis on September 24th, 2013 Bruno Latour is Professor at Sciences Po. Dr. Latour is a leading figure in sociology, anthropology, and science and technology studies, and he is the author of numerous books, including Laboratory Life, We Have Never Been Modern, and Reassembling the Social. …

New Issue of Thesis 11 on the Subject of Politics/ New Essay on Rancière

Thesis 11 was good enough to publish, after quite some time in the pipeline, the essay that Brian Connor and I wrote on Rancière’s politics.  You can find it here under Writings.

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The Subject of Politics

David Roberts writes in his introduction

The question common to the papers in the present issue is that of the subject of politics, more exactly, the revolutionary subject, the counter-revolutionary subject, and the political subject as such. The theorists are European and the focus, with the exception of one paper on the contemporary French philosopher Ranciėre, is the European political crisis from the early twentieth century through to the interwar years.

What constitutes the modern political subject, and how can this postulated individual participate in, be determined by, and rebel against, political regimes? This collection of essays approaches these questions from different perspectives and locales. They engage with the traditions of emancipatory politics and critical theory as well as contemporary theoretical forms of understanding. David Roberts’ lucid introduction is highly recommended for the browsing reader.

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Reading Polish peripheral Marxism politically

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good luck, sociological science!

Hear hear!

The new journal, Sociological Science, is now up and running. The goal:

  • Open access: Accepted works are freely available, and authors retain copyright
  • Timely: Sociological Science will make editorial decisions within 30 days; accepted works appear online immediately upon receipt of final version
  • Evaluative, not developmental: Rather than focus on identifying potential areas for improvement in a submission, editors focus on judging whether the submission as written makes a rigorous and thoughtful contribution to sociological knowledge
  • Concise: Sociological Science encourages a high ratio of novel ideas and insights to written words
  • A community: The journal’s online presence is intended as a forum for commentary and debate aimed at advancing sociological knowledge and bringing into the open conversations that usually occur behind the scenes between authors and reviewers

I congratulate them for doing this. This takes some courage to do. We need many different types of journals. And, sadly, we are lacking…

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‘Pardon the Inconvenience, We Are Changing the Country’* | Boston Review

Boston Review was good enough to publish this short article by Ana Claudia Teixeira and I.  A follow-up comes out next week. 'Pardon the Inconvenience, We Are Changing the Country'* | Boston Review. Gianpaolo Baiocchi Ana Claudia Teixeira June 26, 2013 (*) Slogan seen on the streets of São Paulo On June 13, overzealous military …

America’s Infrastructure Report Card

An Interesting Post from Installing (Social) Order

Installing (Social) Order

The American Society for Civil Engineering has created a nifty interactive website about the state of infrastructure in America at

The website is appealing to look at and intuitive to use if you’re curious about, in this case, how poor American infrastructure really is in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Bottom-line: America gets a failing grade, but only-just-failing at a D+.


For STS scholars, this might be one of those great cases in the rough that could bring the “assessment” or “accounting” literature together with infrastructure studies given that the infrastructures must be defined in order to be counted and compared, and, as such, provides a right backdrop upon with some solid STS-oriented research could start from … and STSers will no doubt love this “grading rubric” available at the sight to legitimize and justify the grading standards. Also, of particular interest to scholars…

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The Robots are Here (1)

I have no idea what actor network is behind this, but I was very pleased when Michael Rodriguez passed along the robot summary video of that classic, 2005, book, Militants and Citizens.  It really is all out of our hands.

Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City | Pretty Good Piece in The Nation

Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City | The Nation. Elizabeth Whitman has written a pretty good piece in the Nation about NY's Participatory Budget.  What's esp nice about it is that she considers critical perspectives pretty centrally. Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City Elizabeth Whitman April 16, 2012 A community resource center to help residents find jobs …