Montag, 15. April 2024, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

STS Talks Vienna

Brice Laurent (CSI & ANSES, Paris):

“A democratic transition?

Understanding constitutional fragility in times of crisis.“

STS Seminar Room, NIG, St. II. 6th floor
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien



How to understand protest movements that target environmental policies? Using the example of the recent farmers’ protests in Europe, I will discuss the shortcomings of policy responses that (1) oppose environmental objectives with economic and social concerns, (2) seek to shift debates towards matters of scientific expertise, and (3) see technological innovation as solution. This discussion will allow me to envision an analytical and political path forward, which explores the making of regulatory objects, human subjects and public institutions in situations of fragility.


Brice Laurent is senior researcher at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation (CSI) at Mines Paris and director of the Social Science, Economics & Society Department at ANSES, the French public health and safety agency. Brice Laurent’s research focuses on the relationships between innovation and democracy. He has published on emerging technologies and the democratic issues they raise, the politics of regulation, and the politics of real-world experiments. Brice Laurent’s books include Democratic Experiments (MIT Press, 2017) and European Objects (MIT Press, 2022).

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