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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.

Workshop 2: Shifting Grounds: Resetting Our Relationship to Territory

May 6, 14:00 – 18:00

We tend to view the space in which we live as being situated on the “globe,” which is a view from far above, whereas the ecological mutation is synonymous with the disappearance of form from the “outside.” Modernity continually disrupts our ecosystems (in an extensive sense), while all actions provoke a set of retroactions, thereby keeping us in perpetual feedback loops. Pollution, climate change, acid rains are not phenomenon that are contained within the traditional boundaries of a state, and yet they are deeply affecting the ground on which we reside. From such a context, it is vital to develop a view of territory from within.

With the help of urbanists, ecological architects, experts on transboundary forms of pollution, this workshop will question how the modern can absorb changes at the time of the Anthropocene, without falling back into a strictly Westphalian system.

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

Paul Jobin
Associate Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Paris Diderot, and Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica.

Linxue Li
Professor at College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University and principal architect of ATELIER L+.

Adel-Jing Wang
Sound studies scholar, art anthropologist, sound event organizer, and Associate Professor in the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University.

Horacio Ortiz
Researcher at IRISSO, Université Paris-Dauphine, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, and associate professor at the Research Institute of Anthropology, East China Normal University, Shanghai.


Jérémy Cheval, urbanist, Tongji University 

Francesca Valsecchi, designer, Tongji University College of Design & Innovation 

Venus Lau, Curator and writer based in Shanghai and Shenzhen, Artistic Director of OCT Contemporary Art Terminal

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 final workshop in the series “The Question of Modernity in China,” on May 7 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