May 18: Dominque Boullier // Habitele

“From Personal Data Ecosystems and Mobile Phones to Habitele: anthropological theory of wearable digital identities”

A talk by Dominque Boullier

Talk: Friday, May 18, 3:00-4:30 pm, in Donald Bren Hall room 5011 [Map]
Reading Group: Wednesday May 16, 3:00-5:00pm, SBSG 3323 [Map]

Dominique Boullier is a Professor at Sciences Po Paris, Centre d’Etudes Européennes. Together with Bruno Latour, he is also the Scientific Coordinator of the médialab at Sciences Po.

He will discuss the habitele project: the development of a new conceptual framework that can account for the technological revolution in mobile communications. Habitele is used to label the various distant connections with various social worlds that we are able to handle by carrying devices.

Reading Group Details

There will be a reading group meeting on Wednesday, May 16th, from 3-5pm in SBSG 3323 in advance of Professer Boullier’s talk. The readings we will be discussing are (in rough order of priority):

  1. Dominique Boullier, Habitele project summary
  2. Dominique Boullier, “Preserving diversity in social network architectures
  3. Bruno Latour, “Networks, Societies, Spheres: Reflections of an Actor-Network Theorist
  4. Dominique Boullier, et al., “Security: Always too Much and Never Enough: Anthropology of a non-starter market

Please see for more details, or contact Beth Reddy.

Sponsored By: The Critical Theory Consortium

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Institute for Money, Technology and Financial InclusionUC Humanities Research CenterCritical Theory InstituteLUCI: Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction • UC Irvine Science and Technology Studies Initiative • Digital / Cultural / MobileValues in Design LabCritical Theory Emphasis