Prochaine séance du séminaire “Philosophie du Web” (3 et 4 mars)

Pour la seconde séance du séminaire “Philosophie du Web”, nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir Blaine Cook http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_Cook_(programmer)


The Unity of Babel

The foundations of the web have enabled an unparalleled expansion of all aspects of human communication and knowledge. In the past decade, we’ve seen the emergence of a new layer of social engagement upon that foundation. However, the realisation of that social layer is distinctly at odds with the foundation of the web. The web still holds myriad opportunities for enabling new expression. The question that remains is how will we get there, and what sacrifices will we need to make along the way?

et Michal Osterweil:


Rethinking Realpolitik: The Alterglobalization movement and beyond

In this talk Osterweil presents the outlines for an ontological vision of social change arguing that the so-called “failure” of many contemporary social movements to achieve “real” change is actually the result of failures in perception and an inability to recognize the distinct versions or planes of the Real that are at play and at stake. Notably of late, even many who previously lauded these movements, now criticize them for being too dispersed, too open-ended; too focused on form rather than concrete demands or outcomes; these critics call for a return to a more “realistic” or pragmatic politics. Based on her ongoing research with various activist networks and spaces– Osterweil argues that we must re-vision our understanding of the political aims and impacts of contemporary social movements. They must be understood to be creating new worlds, new designs for living, –participating in what Winograd and Flores might refer to as practices of “ontological design.” As such their effectiveness is not necessarily measurable or visible in the modern political terrain defined almost exclusively by a rationalistic Western and Modern ontology. It is no surprise then that certain actors—namely indigenous movements, feminists and some activists involved in networked forms of protest—virtual and actual—may be understood to be more disposed to, or already involved in, these different ways of knowing-being-doing in the world. In fact many of the characteristics that the Alterglobalization and more recent movements are criticized for —i.e. decentralization, dispersal, form over content, openness, multiplicity – are some of the same elements we appreciate in the Web (at least the idealized versions of it)– raising interesting questions about the actual and potential relationship between such ontological politics and digital technologies.

Cette séance aura lieu d’abord en Sorbonne, salle Lalande, le 3 mars (14h-17h00), puis au centre Pompidou (10h00-17h00), salle Triangle, le lendemain.