Politics of the Earth international conference

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, December 4th

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

10.25     Three years of experimental research

A video presentation

11.00     Coffee break

11.30    Roundtable: A worldwide state of research on ‘politics of the Earth’

Chair: Frédéric Mion, Director of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)

Invited speakers

  • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director, Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung Director (PIK) (to be confirmed)
  • Christoph Mauch, Director, Rachel Carson Center, Munich
  • Helmuth Trischler, Director, Rachel Carson Center, Munich
  • Corinne Le Quéré, Director, Tyndall Centre (to be confirmed)
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute of Columbia University
  • Teresa Ribera, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) (to be confirmed)

13.00     Lunch break

14.00     Plenary session 1: Territories, borders and migration

Chair : Christine Clerici, Director of the University Paris Diderot

Coordinated by

  • Nathalie Blanc, LADYSS, Université Paris Diderot
  • Jean Chiche, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po

Invited speaker

  • Morgan Grove, USDA, Forest Service
  • Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelone (to be confirmed)

15.30     Coffee break

16.00     Plenary session 2: Politics of zoning 

Chair : Olivier Borraz, Director of Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (Sciences Po)

Coordinated by

  • Bruno Latour, Médialab, Sciences Po
  • Jérôme Gaillardet, Institut de Physique du Globe

Invited speakers

  • Clive Jones, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
  • John Dryzeck, University of Canberra,

17.30     Keynote address

Jan Zalasiewicz, Lancaster University

19.00 Cocktail and launch of The State of environmental migrations, vol. 7 (Presses ULg)


Tuesday, December 5th

09.00     Welcome coffee

09.30     Welcome address

Marc Chaussidon, Director, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

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

10.00     Plenary session 3: Disaster media coverage

Chair: Giacomo Parinello, Assistant Professor of environmental history, Sciences Po

Coordinated by

  • Maud Devès, Université Paris Diderot
  • Reiko Hasegawa, Sciences Po
  • Thomas Ribémont, University Paris 13
  • Edouard Kaminski, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

Invited speakers

  • Clive Oppenheimer, University de Cambridge
  • Brian Wynne, University of Lancaster

12.00     Lunch break

13.00     Plenary session 4: Health, environment and biodiversity

Chair: Frédéric Dardel, Director of the University Paris Descartes

Coordinated by

  • Aleksandar Rankovic, IDDRI
  • Anneliese Depoux, Centre Virchow-Villermé
  • Stefanie Schütte, Centre Virchow-Villermé

Invited speakers

  • Selina Lo, The Lancet
  • Robert Barouki, University Paris Descartes
  • Ingrid Vissern-Hamakers, Associate Professor S. Environmental Studies, Utrecht University
  • Sandra Diaz, Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (to be confirmed)

15.00     Coffee Break

15.30 Roundtable : The state of research on climate and environmental issues : a French perspective

Chair : Christine Musselin, Scientific Director of Sciences Po

Invited speakers

  • François Houllier, President, University Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC)
  • Valérie Masson-Delmotte, LSCE, Chair of Group 1 of the IPCC
  • Nicolas Arnaud, Deputy Director, Institute for Sciences of the Universe, Executive Secretary, Allenvi.

17.00     Roundtable: Politics of the Earth in the civil society

Chair: Yann-Arthus Betrand, foundation Good Planet

Invited speakers

  • Audrey Pulvar, President, Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme (FNH)
  • Eric Scotto, CEO, Akuo Energy
  • Michel Derdevet, General Secretary, ENEDIS (to be confirmed)
  • Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org (to be confirmed)
  • Maros Sefkovic, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union (to be confirmed)
  • Vandana Shiva (to be confirmed)
  • Yann-Arthus Bertrand, Fondation Good Planet (to be confirmed)

18.30     Closing address

Invited speaker

  • Nicolas Hulot, French Minister for Ecological Transition

19.30     Farewell cocktail


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