Sorting Things Out's legacy, in presence of G. C. Bowker

Sorting Things Out. Classification and Its Consequences, by Geoffrey C. Bowker & Susan Leigh Star, is an important landmark in the fields of Science and Technology Studies, and of sociology in general. Although it is one of the most original sociological proposals of the last twenty years, and is widely cited in the Anglo-Saxon world, it is less known in France, except in a few very specialized circles. This international workshop is an opportunity to broaden its audience, and to give greater visibility to the STS tradition that has emerged from symbolic interactionism and social worlds theory.

This day celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the book, published by MIT Press in 1999, and goes along with the on-going French translation of the book. G. C. Bowker will be present as keynote speaker and guest of honour throughout this event.

The conference will be held on December 13th 2019 in Paris, at the Sorbonne, in the Durkheim amphitheatre / Adress: entrance at the Sorbonne via rue Cujas, 75005 Paris.



Provisional program :

  • Welcome Address, Marc Barbier (LISIS, IFRIS),
  • Introduction, Rigas Arvanitis (CEPED, IFRIS)
  • “How We Wrote this Book”, Geoffrey Bowker (University of California, Irvine),
  • Sorting Things Out: the challenges of a translation”, Vinciane Zabban (Université Paris 13), Henri Boullier (IRISSO, IFRIS), Baptiste Kotras (LISIS, IFRIS), Sebastian Giessmann (Siegen University)
  • “How standards and classifications matter”, Dominique Vinck (Université de Lausanne), Sonja Jerak-Zuiderent (Amsterdam University Medical Centres), Teun Zuiderent-Jerak (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • “From Sorting Things Out to Infrastructure Studies”, Paul N. Edwards (Stanford University), Jérôme Denis (I3-CSI), David Pontille (I3-CSI), Florence Millerand (UQAM)
  • “Roundtable: STO, STS & SSH”, Geoffrey Bowker (University of California Irvine), Paul N. Edwards (Stanford University), Soraya Boudia (Cermes3, IFRIS), Pierre-Benoît Joly (LISIS, IFRIS)
Animation :

Sara Aguiton (CAK, IFRIS), Tiziana Beltrame (CAK, IFRIS), Vincent Cardon (Curapp, IFRIS), Éric Dagiral (Université Paris Descartes, CERLIS), David Demortain (LISIS, IFRIS), Allison Loconto (LISIS, IFRIS), Ashveen Peerbaye (LISIS, IFRIS), Catherine Paradeise (LISIS, IFRIS).

Comité d’organisation :

Henri Boullier (IRISSO, IFRIS), Vincent Cardon (Curapp, IFRIS), Éric Dagiral (Université Paris Descartes, CERLIS), Baptiste Kotras (LISIS, IFRIS), Ashveen Peerbaye (LISIS, IFRIS), Vinciane Zabban (Université Paris 13, Experice)




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