When dealing with political domination, we need to stray from ready-made thinking

Béatrice Hibou answers our questions on political domination, a concept she scrutinizes in her book, The Political Anatomy of Domination, published in the Sciences Po series in International Relations and Political Economy with Palgrave Macmillan, in April 2017. 

Where does the title “political anatomy” come from? 

The title of my book is evidently a tribute to Michel Foucault who offered a “political anatomy of details” in his book Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. It is also a tribute to Karl Marx whom Foucault cited as a reference as well, and who worked on an “anatomy of capital.” Among other references, these two authors have inspired me to attempt a political anatomy of domination in authoritarian states, based on economic practices: I try to show how the most banal economic dispositifs and practices as well as everyday economic life pertain to domination mechanisms. In other words, I consider the economic arena as a place of power, a non-autonomous field, a site where power struggles and games of power and domination can be analyzed in their everyday workings to bring out the multiplicity of dimensions and rationalities.


Islamic Networks between South Asia and the Gulf


Over the last fifty years, pan-Islamic ties have intensified between South Asia and the Gulf. Gathering together some of the best specialists on the subject, Laurence Louër and Christophe Jaffrelot explore these ideological, educational and spiritual networks in a book entitled Pan Islamic Connections. Transnational Networks between South Asia and the Gulf (Hurst & Co, December 2017).


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Séminaire du groupe de recherche Les nouveaux démagogues 

Avec :

Asma Faiz, Assistant Professor, Lahore University for Management Sciences

Discutant : Laurent Gayer, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS 

Chair : Christophe Jaffrelot, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS


Responsables scientifiques : Christophe Jaffrelot et Elise Massicard

Imran Khan of Pakistan: a new type of populist ? 21/12 For more information

2nd UTIC International Conference - Experts Roundtable

In partnership with ISP-Paris-10 Nanterre


In the second of three conferences, Didier Bigo (Sciences Po-CERI Laurent Bonelli (ISP-Paris-10 Nanterre) and Sebastien-Yves Laurent (CMRP-Bordeaux) from the ANR project UTIC are bringing together human rights lawyers,  activists  and   researchers who engage in debates around technical and legal resistance to surveillance.

This workshop will examine the main developments surrounding legal and technical resistance to surveillance. Privacy lawyers and activists as well as computer experts will share insights on the effect of post-Snowden controversies for privacy advocacy and litigation, as well as for computer security. They will present ongoing strategies and remaining challenges to foster privacy and associated rights in the digital age.


14h00-14h15: General introduction: Didier Bigo, Sciences Po-CERI, UTIC Coordinator


14h15-16h15: Technical resistance to surveillance

Chair: Antoine Champagne, Reflets.info editor-in-chief 



Nadim Kobeissi, Researcher at INRIA and applied cryptographer at Symbolic Software

Lunar, Tor project

Benjamin Sonntag, La Quadrature du Net, free software developer


In this session, the evolution of post-Snowden technical resistance to surveillance will be discussed. Are technical solutions such as cryptography and anonymization becoming the last possible barriers against surveillance? Is a change in digital practices the unavoidable price to maintain privacy? How can “generalists” digital movements tackle these specific technical issues? These are some of the questions this roundtable will try to figure out.

Discussant: Félix Tréguer, ISCC-CNRS


Q&As session

16h15-16h30: Coffee break


16h30-18h30: Legal resistance to surveillance

Chair : Olivier Tesquet, Télérama journalist in charge of digital issues and civil liberties



Tomaso Falchetta, Privacy International, Advocacy and Policy Team Lead

Olivier Iteanu, Lawyer, Internet Society France honorary President

Amélie Lefebvre, Lawyer, Bourdon & Associés

In this second roundtable, participants will debate evolutions surrounding legal  developments since the Snowden disclosures. How have lawyers practices on digital rights shifted since the first disclosures? How do they perceive the relationship of hackers and cryptographers towards the law? Is the elevation of the number of lawyers working on legal protection against surveillance hiding profound difference of interests between them? 

Discussant: Jean-Philippe Foegle, ATER, Université Paris 10 Nanterre


Q&As session

Language: English and French


Academic Coordinators: Patrick Pétin, CNRS and Didier Bigo, Sciences Po-CERI, UTIC Coordinator

Law, Technology and Privacy 18/12 For more information

Dans le cadre du Séminaire doctoral Chine du CERI 

Médias et nouveaux immigrés à Taiwan: les limites du multiculturalisme


TSENG Ting-Hsuan, doctorante à l'université Paris II sous la direction de Tristan Mattelart 

Discutante : Françoise Mengin, Sciences Po - CERI

Lieu de débat et d’analyse du monde chinois contemporain, ce séminaire a pour vocation de diffuser la recherche des doctorants et de la soumettre à la critique constructive. Deux types de séminaires sont proposés : une présentation par un doctorant de son travail en cours (projet de recherche, état d’avancement, un ou plusieurs chapitres de sa thèse) ; des retours sur des parcours doctoraux qui peuvent aider les étudiants dans l’élaboration de leur problématique ou la poursuite de leur travail d’enquête. Il s’adresse aux doctorants et post-doctorants, de Sciences Po ou de toute autre institution, travaillant sur la Chine, mais aussi à des étudiants dont le sujet peut éclairer ou tirer parti de problématiques développées à partir du terrain chinois.

Ce séminaire se propose ainsi de décloisonner les études chinoises en articulant l’approche area studies avec des approches plus disciplinaires. La méthodologie générale qui est privilégiée est celle de la sociologie historique comparée du politique afin d’appréhender les trajectoires du monde chinois dans leur complexité sans pour autant préjuger d’une quelconque « altérité chinoise ».




Séminaire doctoral Chine 20/12 For more information