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Bruno Latour: Modernity is Politically a Dangerous Goal

By Patricia Junge, Colombina Schaeffer and Leonardo Valenzuela (Verdeseo) In November 2014, Bruno Latour visited Chile to participate in the Puerto de Ideas festival in Valparaíso. During his visit he generously met to talk about his work with some local followers. Verdeseo had the opportunity to interview him and discuss various details of his prolific career.1

Who is Bruno Latour? Bruno Latour is a French philosopher, sociologist and anthropologist particularly prominent in the field of Science and Technology. He was born in Beaune, Burgundy, in 1947 and did his PhD at the University of Tours in 1975. He is currently Professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Most of his international recognition happened while he was working at the Centre for the Sociology of Innovation at ParisTech, he stood there until 2006. Latour has published 15 books and more than one hundred scholarly articles, along with a series of publications aimed at reaching wider audiences; some highlights of the latter are his collaborations with the ZKM in Karlsruhe, where he has made two art exhibitions: Iconoclash (2002) and Making Things Public (2005). Recently, his interest in combining his scholarly reflections with the exploration of alternative mediums and publics resulted in the production Gaia Global Circus. In 2013, Latour was awarded the Holberg Prize, one of the most prestigious academic honours in the social sciences. However, the award did not come exempt of                                                                                                               1

Picture of Bruno Latour, source: Cultures Toulouse. 1

Interview to Bruno Latour (English)  

In November 2014, Bruno Latour visited Chile to participate in the Puerto de Ideas festival in Valparaíso. During his visit he generously me...

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