from 01 to 02 June 2015
Vital Mobilizations : Care and Surveillance in the Age of Global Connectivity

On every front, life is being put into motion: fostered and protected against, accelerated and contained, augmented and flattened, contested and debated. It is being measured, predicted, connected and communicated by the most variegated actors with the most varied aims. Life has become the object of continuous care and surveillance. Life, then, is being mobilized. This workshop aims to explore how global connectivity contributes to mobilize life, namely to its generalized availableness as well as to the spontaneity and ubiquity of its contestations. It intends to examine how life is being generated and accounted for, put in danger and saved, disseminated and ordered in a world marked by increased interconnectivity and precariousness. Specifically, the workshop will pay attention to the concrete infrastructures, technologies, and rationalities contributing to the design of spaces of care and surveillance. Hence, in contrast with the widespread conception of a seamless worldwide circulation of knowledge, data and expertise, our aim would be to detail the embeddedness, plasticity and sheer materiality inherent to vital mobilizations.


  • Vincent Duclos (Collège d’études mondiales),
  • Vinh-Kim Nguyen (Université de Montréal/Collège d’études mondiales)
  • Tomás Sanchez-Criado (Open University of Catalonia)
  • Frédéric Keck (LAS/Musée du Quai Branly)


Susanne Bauer, Vincent Duclos, Ian Harper, Frédéric Keck, Janina Kehr, Ann Kelly, Andrew Lakoff, Theresa MacPhail, Pierre Minn, Maggie Mort, Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Vololona Rabeharisoa, Antoinette Rouvroy, Tony D. Sampson, Tomás Sánchez-Criado,
Ian Tucker, and Mauro Turrini.

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Venue : La maison Suger
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