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Bruno Latour

The Shanghai Project Root Researcher Bruno Latour and his team propose to organize a set of workshops called “Reset Modernity! Shanghai Perspective” from 4-7 May 2017. They will concentrate on a set of issues that modernity encounters at a time of deep ecological mutation, emphasizing a comparative perspective between Europe and China. The four-day program will take place at the Shanghai Himalayas Museum, and use documentations assembled specifically for the discussions, which speak to conceptions of science, our understanding of territory and sovereignty, and handling the role of technology.

Beginning with Bruno Latour’s keynote on the evening of 4 May 2017, workshops the following 3 days will consist of an introductory session, roundtable, and group discussions.

A recurrent bias in the western tradition of thought is to underestimate the process that is necessary to make both science and technology operational. Technology, seen as an object, leads to an incapacity in understanding all the steps necessary for development, as well as the actors (human or non-human) involved in their production and consumption. For example, issues of pollution cannot be considered as a mere external factor in technological development, nor can the corollary production of jobs. Put simply, what would be the result of perceiving technology as a process rather than a series of objects?

The same orientation on process is associated with the scientific worldview, which results from a series of steps and procedures, therefore cannot be instrumentalized as a quasi-dogmatic outcome.

Workshop 1: Resetting Our Relationship to Science and Technology

May 5, 14:00 – 18:00          

Phase 1: Round Table (1.5 hour)
The workshop will start with a round table, with Bruno Latour and a panel of experts. Each expert will be able to speak for about 10 minutes.


Phase 2: Group Discussions (1 hour 15 minutes)
Then the experts will split into smaller groups with the public in order to pursue the brainstorm in depth.
The reason for these smaller groups is to allow the public to feel more at ease and participate.


Phase 3: Sharing & Recording (45 minutes)
Finally, some of the statements made will be recorded thanks to a video apparatus designed for the occasion.

Invited Experts

Han Qi
Special researcher at the Institute for history of natural sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Li-Chuan Tai
Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

Wen-Hua Kuo
Professor at National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, where he teaches social studies of medicine and public health.

Yuk Hui
Yuk Hui teaches at the institute of philosophy of Leuphana University Lüneburg in Germany, where he is responsible for the research project “Techno-ecologies of Participation”.

Anna Greenspan
Assistant Director of Interactive Media Arts and Assistant Professor of Global Contemporary Media at NYU Shanghai.


Luca Gabbiani
Associate Professor of Chinese history at the French Institute for East Asian studies (Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient), in Paris.

Shaoyi Sun
Professor of Film and Media Studies at Shanghai Theater Academy (STA)

Nikita Lin
Researcher, Curatorial and Public Program Department, Chronus Art Center

Please send RSVP to to participate in the workshops, stating in the body of the email information including name, contact, language, occupation and briefly describe your field of interest and why you are interested in participating in our workshop.

Find out more about the second workshop “Shifting Grounds: Resetting Our Relationship to Territory,” on May 6 here.

The Bruno Latour Root Researcher team includes Martin Guinard-Terrin, Jamie Allen, òbelo (Claude Marzotto & Maia Sambonet), and Donato Ricci in collaboration with Special Researchers Christophe Leclercq and Paolo Patelli.









Shanghai Himalayas Museum