Politics of the Earth international conference – 4/5 december – Paris


EDGE Annual Conference

Politics of the Earth

Paris, 4-5 December 2017

The international conference shall take place within the framework of Politics of the Earth, an interdisciplinary research programme initiated by Bruno Latour at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité. This experimental programme gathers researchers from very different disciplines and backgrounds in order to explore new scientific questions around the representations and government of environmental issues in the Anthropocene.

On the 4th and 5th of December 2017, the fourth research projects of the programme will share their experimental research results and confront them to the works of major scholars and thinkers in their fields, who will also be invited to reflect on the results of the programme in the light of their own works. Thus the conference intends to break away from disciplinary divides and bring a fresh look on the key issues brought upon by the Anthropocene.


Monday 4th December

Grand Amphithéâtre, Université Paris Descartes, 12 rue de l’Ecole de médecine, 75006 Paris

09.00   Welcome coffee

09.30   Introduction

François Gemenne, Executive Director, Politics of the Earth

09.40   Opening Address

Bruno Latour, Scientific Coordinator, Politics of the Earth

Frédéric Mion, Director of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Sciences Po (to be confirmed)

10.25   Three years of experimental research – Short film

11.00   Coffee break

11.30   Panel: A worldwide state of research on Politics of the Earth’

Chair: Bruno Latour, Scientific Coordinator, Politics of the Earth

  • Christoph Mauch, Director, Rachel Carson Center, Munich
  • Victor Galaz, Deputy Science Director, Stockholm Resilience Center
  • Teresa Ribera, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
  • Nicolas Arnaud, Deputy Director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – Institute for Sciences of the Universe

13.00   Lunch break

14.00   Session 1: Territories, borders and migration

Chair: François Gemenne (Executive Director, Politics of the Earth)

  • Nathalie Blanc, LADYSS, Université Paris Diderot ; Jean Chiche, CEVIPOF, CNRS, Sciences Po ; Diégo Antolinos-Basso, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po ; Flaminia Paddeu, Université Paris 13 ; Nicolas Douay, Géographie-Cités, Université Paris Diderot ; Chloé Aussaresses, LADYSS, Université Paris Diderot : Committing to the environment in Greater Paris: territories, policies and inequalities
  • Michelle Johnson (USDA, Forest Service)

15.30   Coffee break

16.00   Session 2: Critical Zones

Chair : Aleksandar Rankovic (IDDRI)

  • Bruno Latour (Sciences Po, médialab’), Jérôme Gaillardet (Institut de Physique du Globe) on New representations of the Critical Zones: an essay in applied cosmology.

Keynote address

Pr. Jan Zalasiewicz (Lancaster University): The evolving Anthropocene

19.00   Cocktail reception and launch of The State of Environmental Migration 2017 (Salle Saint-Germain – University Paris Descartes, 12 rue de l’Ecole de médecine,
75006 Paris)


Tuesday, December 5th

Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Îlot Cuvier, 1 rue Jussieu, 75005 Paris

09.00   Welcome coffee

09.30   Welcome address

Marc Chaussidon, Director, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (to be confirmed)

09.40   Presentation of the EDGE project: ambitions and achievements

  • Paula Puskarova / Katarina Csefalvayova (University of Economics in Bratislava)
  • Caroline Zickgraf (University of Liège)
  • François Gemenne (Sciences Po, University of Liège)

10.00   Session 3: Disaster media coverage

  • Christine Fassert (IRSN), Reiko Hasegawa (Sciences Po) on Expertise and counter-expertise after Fukushima nuclear disaster
  • Reiko Hasegawa (Sciences Po), Edouard Kaminski (IPGP) on The Politics of zoning: Making threats (in)visible and manageable in disasters
  • Maud Deves (University Paris Diderot), Thomas Ribémont (University Paris 13) on Being scientist in the face of disasters
  • Marion Le Texier (University of Rouen), Maud Deves (University Paris Diderot) on Earthquake media coverage


  • Clive Oppenheimer (University de Cambridge)
  • Brian Wynne (University of Lancaster)
  • John Mutter (Columbia University)

12.30   Lunch break

13.30   Session 4: Health, environment and biodiversity


  • Anneliese Depoux (Centre Virchow Villermé de Santé Publique Paris-Berlin) on Climate change and health : comparative analysis of international press coverage (Le Monde, Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung, The Guardian and New York Times)
  • Selina Lo (The Lancet) on Planetary Health: healthy human civilization
  • Aleksandar Rankovic (IDDRI) on The Fireworks of Kuala Lampur. A worldwide exploration of press coverage on the IPBES pollination assessment
  • Ingrid Vissern-Hamakers (George Mason University) on Integrative governance: the relationships between governance instruments taking center stage
  • Collective discussion and Q&A

15.30   Coffee break

16.00   Roundtable: The state of French research on climate and environmental issues

Chair: Christine Musselin, Scientific Director, Sciences Po (to be confirmed)

  • François Houllier, President, University Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) (to be confirmed)
  • Valérie Masson-Delmotte, LSCE, Chair of Group 1 of the IPCC

17.30   Roundtable: Politics of the Earth in the civil society

Invited speakers

  • Audrey Pulvar, President, Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme (FNH)
  • Eric Scotto, CEO, Akuo Energy
  • Caroline Jeanmaire, Jeune déléguée française pour le climat
  • Henri Landes, Executive director, GoodPlanet Foundation

20.00  Closing cocktail



Monday 4th December 2017:

Plenary sessions and panel sessions will be held at the:

Université Paris Descartes
12 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine
75006 Paris

Metro station Odéon: line 10 or 4 or express train station Saint-Michel: line RER B

Room: Grand Amphithéâtre

Tuesday 5th December:

Plenary sessions and panel sessions will be held at the:

Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
Îlot Cuvier, 1 rue Jussieu
75238 Paris cedex 05

Metro station Jussieu: line 7 or 10

Room: Amphithéâtre Cuvier

This mobility grant scheme has received funding from
the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under
grant agreement No. 692413