Oct 4: Bruno La Tour: Anthro and Climate Film and Discussion

GIDEST Screening: ‘Climate, Make It Work!’ with Bruno Latour (author of Lab Life)
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
UL105, 63 fifth Avenue

GIDEST Screening: 'Climate, Make It Work!' with Bruno Latour

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.  

For the first time in the 20 years of existence of the UN Climate negotiations, 200 students from all around the world gather to act out and reinvent a life-size climate conference. Inspired by two climate experts – Laurence Tubiana, main negotiator for France at the Paris Climate 2015 conference, and philosopher Bruno Latour – Cities, Oceans, Soils, and Youth delegations join States to negotiate the future of our planet. Between human and non-human actors, a new battle is about to unfold. Will they reach consensus?

Bruno Latour, University Professor and Director of the médialab at Sciences Po, Paris, will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. ( see below for his amazing bio)

Climate, Make It Work! (2016) A documentary written and directed by David Bornstein.
Produced by Les films de l’air and coproduced by Les films de l’Aiguemarine, with the support of the SPEAP, Nanterre-Amandiers, IDDRI, University of Arts Karlsruhe, UNESCO.

This event is organized by the Graduate Institute of Design, Ethnography, & Social Thought at The New School.


Bruno Latour was trained first as a philosopher and then an anthropologist. From 1982 to 2006, he was Professor at the Centre de sociologie de l’Innovation at the École nationale supérieure des mines in Paris and, for various periods, Visiting Professor at UCSD, the LSE, and Harvard. Since 2006, he has been a Professor at Sciences Po, Paris, where he is Director of the médialab. Since October 2013, he has been the part-time Centennial Professor at the LSE, and in October 2015, he began a five-year appointment as Professor-at-Large at Cornell.

After field studies in Africa and California, Bruno specialized in the analysis of scientists and engineers at work, producing a series of ground-breaking and extraordinarily influential books that include Laboratory LifeScience in ActionAramis or the Love of Technology, The Pasteurization of FranceWe Have Never Been Modern, Politics of Nature, Reassembling the Social, the essay collection Pandora’s Hope: Essays in the Reality of Science Studies, and, most recently, An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns. In these and other publications, he has undertaken a radical rethinking of the traditional topics and methodologies of the social sciences, most obviously in relation to religion, law, and social theory.

He has also co-curated a series of major international exhibitions at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany: Iconoclash: Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion and ArtMaking Things Public: The Atmospheres of Democracy, and Reset Modernity! (all with catalogues from MIT Press).

Two current projects at Sciences Po are the médialab, a digital resource laboratory for the social sciences, and SPEAP, an experimental program in art and politics, launched with his longtime collaborator Valérie Pihet, which has led to his involvement in two theater productions, Cosmocoloss: A Global Climate Tragic Comedy and Gaia Global Circus.