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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 3: The Question of Modernity in China

May 7, 14:00 – 18:00

More than any other country, China is simultaneously the most deeply engaged in rapid modernization, while also being the most explicitly aware of the contradiction between this project and its material and physical basis.

This last workshop will benefit from the issues raised during the two preceding days, asking for a revision from a Chinese perspective of the series three leading questions: Who are the new agents of history? Where do they reside? And finally, in which period of history do they settle themselves?

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

Xu Luping
Founding director of Open FIESTA Center and deputy director of Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics (CNMM) of Tsinghua University, China.

Guanjun Wu
Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics at East China Normal University.

Liu Peng
Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy of Nanjing University.

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


Lan Jiang
Professor in Department of Philosophy, Nanjing University

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.

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