Professor Bruno Latour Lecture
Professor Bruno Latour
Centre de Sociologie
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines
will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on
at 8:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall No. 2 in the
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre,
University of British Columbia.
On Seeing Paris as a Whole:
The Notion of Panopticon
Bruno Latour is one of the most influential contemporary sociologists of
science. A principal architect of science studies, his work attracts
critical attention from scholars throughout the sciences, humanities and
social sciences. His books include The Pasteurization of
France, The Love of Technology,
and We Have Never Been Modern. In this last work,
he launches an attack on both modernity and postmodernity. A key figure
in interdisciplinary scholarship, he claims that science and society are
inextricably bound together. His ideas are applauded or disputed around
the world. He's been called one of the most brilliant and original
writers about science for the past decade.
Fall Program 1998
(Compiled by Ted Powell)
Professor Latour's web site
Bruno Latour; brief commentaries.
Professor Latour's Philosophical Mystifications, by Alan Sokal,
Professor of Physics at New York University, written in response to
"Y a-t-il une science après la guerre froide?", by Bruno
Professor Sokal, troubled for some years "by an apparent decline in the
standards of intellectual rigor in certain precincts of the
American academic humanities ... decided to try a modest (though admittedly uncontrolled) experiment:
Would a leading North American journal of cultural studies
--- whose editorial collective includes such luminaries
as Fredric Jameson and Andrew Ross ---
publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if
(a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors' ideological
The answer was yes, and the paper,
Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of
Quantum Gravity appeared in Social Text #46/47,
pp. 217-252 (spring/summer 1996).
Sokal blew the whistle on the uncritical reviewers in
A Physicist Experiments With Cultural Studies, which appeared
in Lingua Franca, May/June 1996, pp. 62-64
As one might expect, considerable discussion followed.
The article cited at the beginning of this paragraph formed part of this
discussion. Further articles may be found at
Alan Sokal Articles on the "Social Text" Affair.
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