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Readings for April 15

April 12, 2009

Dear things,

Perhaps you are, like me, in the middle of “Reassembling the Social” and thinking, first, that this is not Latour at his best and, second, that this is a great many pages of Latour-not-at-his-best. Of course, there is much of interest in the text, but I think it might kill our spirits to read the book in its entirety. I’d like, therefore, to reduce this coming week’s assignment to four chapters in particular:

• Third Source of Uncertainty: Objects Have Too Much Agency (pp 63-86).
• On the Difficulty of Being an ANT (pp 141-158)
• Third Move: Connecting Sites (219-246)
• Conclusion (247-262)

This is a manageable excerpt, I think, that will contribute to our continuing discussion of We Have Never Been Modern.

For those who may have a special interest in such things, I’ve posted in courseworks Latour’s introductory chapter to the Iconoclash volume, which really is very good. It’s a short piece, fun, provocative, and nicely written. Worth peeking at if you have time.


Evening Gatherings, Mar 25 and 27

March 20, 2009

Dear things,

With hopes you’ve been enjoying spring break (and not in bed with the flu as I’ve been!), I wanted to turn your thoughts toward our evening presentations next week. We’ve reserved space for two evenings beginning at 7 pm: Wednesday, Mar 25 and Friday, Mar 27. I’d be grateful if all presenters would drop me an email with their availability for one or both of these nights so I can finalize the schedule.

Plan to make the presentations only 10-15 minutes so as to leave time for feedback afterwards. Format is entirely optional. A video projector and computer will be available. BYOB.

Really looking forward to it!



PS – Needless to say, we won’t be meeting at our scheduled time on Wednesday.

beirut and contradiction

February 23, 2009


World Press Photo of the Year 2006

World Press Photo of the Year 2006

In line with our prior conversation:

image (above) and

debate (