Publication “Rethinking Post-Disaster Recovery”, edited by Laura Centemeri, Sezin Topçu (IFRIS) et J.Peter Burgess

Rethinking Post-Disaster Recovery
Socio-Anthropological Perspectives on Repairing Environments.

Edited by Laura Centemeri, Sezin Topçu (IFRIS) et J.Peter Burgess

This book presents an original interdisciplinary approach to the study of the so-called ‘recovery phase’ in disaster management, centred on the notion of repairing.

The volume advances thinking on disaster recovery that goes beyond institutional and managerial challenges, descriptions and analyses. It encourages socially, politically and ethically engaged questioning of what it means to recover after disaster. At the centre of this analysis, contributions examine the diversity of processes of repairing through which recovery can take place, and the varied meanings actors attribute to repair at different times and scales of such processes. It also analyses the multiple arenas (juridical, expert, political) in which actors struggle to make sense of the “what-ness” of a disaster and the paths for recovery. These struggles are interlinked with interest-based and power-based struggles which maintain structural inequality and exploitation, existing social hierarchies and established forms of marginality. The work uses case studies from all over the world, cutting-edge theoretical discussions and original empirical research to put critical and interpretative approaches in social sciences into dialogue, opening the venue for innovative approaches in the study of environmental disasters.

This book will be of much interest to students of disaster management, sociology, anthropology, law and philosophy.


Publication “Living in a Nuclear World: From Fukushima to Hiroshima” edt Routledge, 2022

Publication of the collective work “Living in a Nuclear World. From Fukushima to Hiroshima” co-written par by Boudia ( CERMES3, IFRIS),  Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and Kyoko Sato (Eds)

Living in a Nuclear World: From Fukushima to Hiroshima

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Soraya Boudia and Kyoko Sato (Eds)

Routledge, 2022



Introduction: “Shaping the Nuclear World”

Soraya Boudia, Kyoko Sato, Bernadette Bensaude Vincent:


Section 1: Violence and Order

1        Kyoko Sato: “What the Bomb has Done: Victim Relief, Knowledge, and Politics”

2     Joseph Masco: “Optics of Exposure”

3     John Krige: “Constructing world order: Mobilizing Tropes of Gender, Pathology and Race to Frame US Non-Proliferation Policy”

4     Mary Mitchell: “The Nuclear Charter: Law, Technology, and the Making of Strategic Trusteeship, 1942-1947”


Section 2: Pacifying through control and containment

5        Angela Creager and Maria Rentetzi: “Sharing the “Safe” Atom? The International Atomic Energy Agency and Nuclear Regulation through Standardization”

6     Nestor Herran: “From Military Surveillance to Citizen Counter-Expertise: Radioactivity Monitoring in a Nuclear World”

7     Maël Goumri: “Making the Accident Hypothetical: How Can One Deal with the Potential Nuclear Disaster?”

8     Tania Navarro: “Governing the Nuclear Waste Problem: Nature and Technology”


Section 3: Normalizing through denial and trivialization

9     Soraya Boudia: “Trivializing Life in Long-Term Contaminated Areas. The Nuclear Political Laboratory”

10   Hiroko Takahashi: “Continuing Nuclear Tests and Ending Tuna Inspections: Politics, Science, and the Lucky Dragon Incident in 1954”

11   Kate Brown: “The Dystopic Pieta: Chernobyl Survivors and Neo-Liberalism’s Lasting Judgments”

12   Harry Bernas: “Unfolding Time at Fukushima”


Section 4: Timescaping through Memory and Future Visions

13   Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent: “Framing a Nuclear Order of Time”

14   Ran Zwigenberg: “Nuclear Dreams and Capitalist Visions: The Peaceful Atom of Hiroshima”

15   Scott Knowles: “Slow Disaster and the Challenge of Nuclear Memory”


The Fukushima disaster invites us to look back and probe how nuclear technology has shaped the world we live in, and how we have come to live with it. Since the first nuclear detonation (Trinity test) and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all in 1945, nuclear technology has profoundly affected world history and geopolitics, as well as our daily life and natural world. It has always been an instrument for national security, a marker of national sovereignty, a site of technological innovation and a promise of energy abundance. It has also introduced permanent pollution and the age of the Anthropocene. This volume presents a new perspective on nuclear history and politics by focusing on four interconnected themes–violence and survival; control and containment; normalizing through denial and presumptions; memories and futures–and exploring their relationships and consequences. It proposes an original reflection on nuclear technology from a long-term, comparative and transnational perspective. It brings together contributions from researchers from different disciplines (anthropology, history, STS) and countries (US, France, Japan) on a variety of local, national and transnational subjects. Finally, this book offers an important and valuable insight into other global and Anthropocene challenges such as climate change.



Living in a Nuclear World: From Fukushima to Hiroshima | Program in Science, Technology & Society (

2022 Eu-SPRI Early Career Conference (ECC) “Rethinking innovation policy: Creating resilience in times of uncertainty” Manchester (UK), 9–10 May 2022.

The 2022 Eu-SPRI Early Career Conference (ECC) entitled “Rethinking innovation policy: Creating resilience in times of uncertainty” will take place in Manchester (UK), 9–10 May 2022. We invite PhD candidates, post-doctoral and early career researchers to share and discuss their scientific contributions to Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies for forward-looking transformations. Participants in the fields of innovation studies, sociology, economics, political science, geography, and public policy are encouraged to submit.
This ECC is an opportunity to discuss the current challenges and opportunities of new approaches for STI policies from theoretical and empirical perspectives and to interrogate how these can be mobilised to fulfil a more ambitious policy agenda. The conference will consist of paper presentations and keynote talks by Pedro Marques (INGENIO) and Iris Wanzenböck (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development)Extended abstracts (800-1000 words) shall be emailed no later than 28 February 2022 to Dr. Mayra Morales Tirado: .
Mode details and key information are available attached and on the event webpage:
Please draw attention to the advert to any colleagues who may be interested and share it with your network!
Looking forward to your submissions, 
The ECC Organizing Committee

Student Section of Society for the Social Studies of Science (6S)

For Graduate and postGraduates Colleagues
The Student Section of Society for the Social Studies of Science (6S) have initiated a new program, called the 6S Sketch Groups, that integrates our previous activities for students and early career scholars of STS. Learn more here.
Selected graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will actively participate in four workshops (held between April-November 2022) led by a faculty lead and a faculty mentor. The virtual sketch group meetings will culminate in a social dinner gathering held during the 4S 2022 annual conference in December. We believe the opportunity to meet on multiple occasions with peers and faculty of different levels will facilitate deeper relationships, and allow for diverse kinds of mentoring including peer-to-peer learning and sharing.
There will be a vetting process to select the 30 sketch group participants for 2022, apply here by Monday, 28st February 2022, 11:59 PM Hawaiian Standard Time.
We look forward to receiving your applications!
All our best,
Angela, Misria, and Barkha
6S Reps 2021-2022

Publication of the book “Faire sans, faire avec moins. Les nouveaux horizons de l’innovation” by Fréderic Goulet and Dominique Vinck

Les Presses des Mines are pleased to announce the release of the book “Faire sans, faire avec moins. Les nouveaux horizons de l’innovation ” by Fréderic Goulet and Dominique Vinck.

Les Presses des Mines are pleased to announce the publication of the book :
Reduced use of antibiotics, car-free cities, pesticide-free agriculture, low
energy consumption, meatless menus, etc.
This list, which can be extended at will, leads to a clear statement. The answers to the challenges
challenges facing our societies increasingly involve the reduction, or even the withdrawal, of certain
of certain substances, technologies or artefacts that are at the heart of our way of life and
production. Doing without, doing with less, have thus become horizons for innovation.
What are the processes at work? How are the mechanisms and properties of these innovations different from those
different from those known until now? How do these innovations
question the conceptual tools of the social sciences, especially in the field of science and
science and technology studies?
This collective work provides answers to these questions, based on theoretical reflections
This collective work provides answers to these questions, based on theoretical reflections and empirical work on sectors as varied as agriculture, food
agriculture, food, health, religion, energy, markets and digital technology. It opens up
new perspectives to enrich our understanding of innovation processes and the transformations of
transformations of contemporary


[LISIS Seminar] – Franck Cochoy (Toulouse Jean Jaures University – LISST) – 07/02/22 at 2pm in videoconference

The next LISIS seminar will feature Franck Cochoy, professor of sociology at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaures and researcher at LISST-CNRS. The seminar will take place on 7/02/2022, from 2 to 4 pm.

The presentation is entitled “Making homemade masks at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic: lessons from a “flash practice””.

We are still hoping that health conditions will allow us to hold a face-to-face seminar in room 109 (presumably with a gauge), but are now considering a hybrid session

Structure and governance

See also
[Seminar ] (De)Making industry-From workers to flow workers, transformations of industrial work II- 20/01/21 at 1pm
[CAK/ENS Seminar] “Climate Change: Science, Society, Politics” – 7/01/2022 at 2pm
[France Culture] – Environment: has nuclear power become our only salvation? – Sezin Topçu (IFRIS, CNRS, EHESS)
Call for applications – Eu-SPRI winter school 2017
International Colloquium ” Interdisciplinarity in policy studies ” – September 15th/16th, 2016 – University Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée
[For information] [CEPED] Job offer: Coordination of the research program: climate migration and health systems in Haiti and Bangladesh
Announcement of the Symposium “Nature as a Standard” in Bordeaux, October 18-19, 2018
“The exorbitant price of certain treatments threatens the universality of our health model” – Article reprinting the work of Catherine Bourgain and Pierre-André Juven
The 2021 call for IFRIS postdoctoral projects is open!

Seminar (De)faire l’industrie – Industrie et numérique (4/5) – Union movement and ecological critique of digital industries in Silicon Valley, Christophe Lécuyer, (SGFI, Sorbonne University) on 7/02/22 at 2:30 pm

The eighth session of the seminar “(de)making industry” will be held on February 7, 2022 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Bâtiment EHESS-Condorcet, Salle 25-A, 2 cours des humanités 93300 Aubervilliers.
Industry and Digital (4/5) – Union movement and ecological critique of digital industries in Silicon Valley, Christophe Lécuyer, (SGFI, Sorbonne University).

Seminar description:

The proliferation of technologies – especially information technologies – has often been heralded as the realizing power that would definitively tip contemporary societies into a post-industrial era: transformations of labor (end of the working class and slow death of wage labor in Western countries), centrality of innovation, rise of an economy of services and immaterial goods, individualization of needs and goods.

However, rather than an exit from an industrial paradigm, some sociologists propose to speak of hyperindustrialization to characterize the mutations of contemporary societies (Veltz 2017, Musso 2018). Starting from the observation that industry is not declining but, on the contrary, thriving and transforming, authors seek to disenclave industry as an object and category of analysis and to break the linearity implicit in post-industrial analyses (Touraine 1967, Rifkin 2000, Moulier-Boutang 2007).

This seminar proposes to study the mutations of the forms of industry, through three main questions: which territories are produced by the displacement and reconfiguration of industrial activities? How does the integration of information technologies redefine the boundaries of working-class labor? What, in these reconfigurations, resists the processes of industrialization?

Program pdf version

Baptiste Kotras (LISIS, INRAe) published an article in AOC on 02/02/2022.

“With less than three months to go before the presidential elections, it is crucial to have a very clear awareness of the real impact of social networks on our democracy. While we must take seriously what is being played out in digital public spaces, the opinion expressed on the web, legitimized primarily by traditional media and devoid of representativeness, cannot by itself predict the outcome of the election.”

Claire Le Renard (LISIS) will present her PhD thesis on 6/12 at 1:30 pm – Amphi 110 of ESIEE

Claire Le Renard will present her doctoral thesis in sociology entitled “Le prototype défait. Super phénix, des glissements de la promesse technoscientifique aux épreuves de la ” démocratie technique “” (Superphénix, from the shifts of the techno-scientific promise to the tests of “technical democracy”), prepared at the University of Paris-Est, in the LISIS laboratory (UMR CNRS- ESIEE-INRAE- Université Gustave Eiffel) under the direction of Pierre-Benoît Joly.
The defense will be held publicly in a hybrid format (in person and online):

Monday, December 6, 2021 at 1:30 pm

in the amphi 110 of ESIEE, in Champs-sur-Marne – ” Cité Descartes “,
27 avenue André-Marie Ampère –

before a jury composed of :

Madeleine AKRICH, Director of Research, École nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris (rapporteur),
Bernadette BENSAUDE-VINCENT, professor emeritus, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (examiner),
Olivier BORRAZ, CNRS research director, CSO/Sciences Po (examiner),
Arthur JOBERT, expert engineer-researcher, EDF R&D (invited member),
Pierre-Benoît JOLY, INRAE research director, UMR LISIS (thesis director),
Bruno J. STRASSER, ordinary professor, University of Geneva (rapporteur).


This research focuses on the turbulent history of the Superphénix fast neutron nuclear reactor, initiated as an « industrial scale prototype » in the early 1970s. Since the beginnings of nuclear power, fast neutron reactor technology has been linked to a ‘breeder’ socio-technical imaginary, pointing to the possibility of generating fuel in parallel to its consumption. This project has sparked an intense controversy, together with an abundance of literature around it, but little analysis in the social sciences. Following questions have guided the research: How was this project stabilised and destabilised? How has the power to decide on this project shifted in twenty years, from the 1970s to the 1990s? The enquiry tracked the successive qualifications of the project in archival documents, in addition to interviews.

With a requirement of symmetry to explain the initiation and disengagement of Superphénix, the thesis analyses a continuous process, respectively of stabilisation or destabilisation of the project over a decade, followed by a moment of decision closing this process thanks to a coupling with another public policy issue. Between these two processes, which are the subject of the first and third parts, the Superphénix case allows us to examine a moment of discrete and incremental institutional changes in the nuclear regulatory framework in France. During the 1990s, Superphénix was constituted as a demonstrator of ‘technical democracy’, with the ambition of implementing transparency and increased conditionality around nuclear power.

The regime of the economy of techno-scientific promises proved crucial to explain the stabilization of the project. The abandonment of the project was carried out by shifting the promise, making Superphénix an ‘optional passage point’. The work necessary to disengage from an innovation policy involves the industrial de-qualification of the prototype and its re-qualification as an epistemic object.

Keywords : socio-technical imaginaries, techno-scientific promises, prototype, demonstration, nuclear energy, fast neutron reactor, breeder reactor, FBR.