Between post-human globalization and nationalist withdrawal, the ecological question pushes us towards the earthly ground, argues Bruno Latour. Traditionally rejected by the Left as reactionary, ‘the question of belonging to a particular soil’ has suddenly become urgent.
is a French philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist of science. He is especially known for his work in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). From 2006 to 2015, he has been professor in Sciences Po, Paris.
He is director of the Médialab of Sciences Po Paris and a Centennial professor at LSE, London. Since 2015 he is also professor-at-large for at Cornell University.
Amongst others he is the author of Politics of nature: How to bring the Sciences into Democracy (1999), We have never been modern (Harvard University Press, 1991), Science in action (Harvard University Press, 1987).
It is fair to say that what is called globalization used to be built on the unexamined premise that the whole planet will end up modernizing toward some convergent omega point called the Globe. This is no longer the case – observes Bruno Latour in a lecture given in May 2016 at Humboldt University, Berlin.