On the 22 September, one day after the climate-change march in New-York and one day before the United Nations Climate Summit, Bruno Latour, professor at Sciences Po, gave a public lecture at Columbia University on the theme “Gaia intrudes”.
Bruno Latour notes that with the advent of the epoch known as the 'Anthropocene,' the Earth is no longer in the background. Today the earth is very much in the foreground, and in constant rivalry with human intentionality. Latour confronts head on the figure of Gaia, that is, understanding the Earth not as a biogeophysical system but rather as a full-fledged actor, an agent of history--or rather “geostory." Gaia is not Nature, nor is it a diety. It is a new form of political power, an intruder, a gate-crasher demanding our attention.
For Latour, geopolitics is not about human politics overlaid on the static frame of the Earth, but politics about contradictory portions, visions, aspects of the Earth and its contending humans.
Such is the new situation for which we don’t seem to be intellectually well-equipped.
Bruno Latour is a sociologist and professor at Sciences Po. In 2015, he and Laurence Tubiana will lead “Paris Climat 2015 : Make It Work”. This initiative aims to help communities of students and researchers, as well as the general society in France and abroad, to address climate change and related geopolitical issues.
Watch the video of the public lecture “Gaia Intrudes” by prof. Bruno Latour.
In September, more than 1500 undergraduate students started the school year at the College of Sciences Po.
Representing 82 nationalities, these students of different origins all have personal stories about their journey to Sciences Po.
Why did they choose this University? What are their goals? How do they feel about their first day at Sciences Po?
Let’s take a tour of the seven campuses to learn more about these new students.
The Campus of Sciences Po in Reims is located in a former Jesuit College constructed during the 17th and 18th century. The Jesuit College has been in renovation since 2010, and the campus improvements will be completed by the end of 2016. Classified as historical monument, this site offers students from all over the world an exceptional study environment in the heart of the warm city of Reims. A Gallo-Roman city, and the traditional site of the coronation of France’s kings, Reims has a rich architectural legacy. It is also the capital of the Champagne-Ardenne region, world-renowned for its production of champagne.
The Reims Campus welcomes 400 undergraduate students, from 38 countries, as part of the Europe-North America programme, the dual bachelor's degrees with Columbia and UBC, and the exchange programme. The campus in Reims is the only campus offering a certificate-awarding exchange programme for students who wish to enhance their studies in international relations.
In 2018, the Reims campus will welcome 1,600 students and will become, in terms of size, the largest campus of the Sciences Po College. At that date, it will be larger than the Paris Campus.
Let's take a video tour of the facilities.
Jean-Pierre Filiu is a historian specialised in the Middle East. Throughout his career as an academic and as a diplomat, he has been startled to observe that Gaza is consistently referred to in relationship with a wider context, without bringing specific attention to its history.
In the video below, Jean-Pierre Filiu talks about the difficulties he encountered while writing Gaza: A History, a book released in 2012 and which has recently been published in English. He also explains why his book represents, in his eyes, a way to contribute to peace in the Gaza territory.
Jean-Pierre Filiu is a researcher at the CERI and professor at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs. He has held visiting professorships both at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and at Georgetown School of Foreign Service (SFS). Prof. Filiu was a career diplomat from 1988 to 2006, following humanitarian missions in Afghanistan (1986) and Lebanon (1983-84). His works and articles about contemporary Islam and the Arab world have been published in a dozen languages.
Fitch, which confirmed Sciences Po’s A+ rating today, recognises the positive evolution of the institution and affirms the rationality of its decision.
Christophe Jaffrelot has been awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in the commentary and interpretative category for "incisive writing on India's new political sadhus", which included his articles on Swami Aseemanand and Baba Ramdev, published in the Indian magazine Caravan in 2011.
Jon Lee Anderson, journalist for The New Yorker, was invited to Sciences Po to deliver the inaugural lecture celebrating the start of a new school year for students in the School of Journalism. Renowned reporter and war correspondent, Jon Lee Anderson has covered numerous international conflicts and written portraits of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The recipient of multiple awards for his investigations, he has also authored several books, notably the best-selling Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. In front of a room of Sciences Po students, Jon Lee Anderson spent an hour talking about his career path, how the internet has changed journalism and the realities of reporting in a warzone. Best of video (in English).
On the 25th of August, Mr Hao Ping, Vice Minister of Education in China, met with Mr Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po. This visit is aligned with a long collaboration between Sciences Po and China.
Sciences Po established strong links with China over the last decade, and will keep developing its partnerships and collaborations with this country. Sciences Po inked partnerships with 10 universities in China, created three dual master programmes with Fudan University and Peking University, developed collaborative research programmes, and designed executive training programmes for Chinese civil servants. In China, Sciences Po relies on a delegation set up in Beijing in 2001, and a network of 300 alumni in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
During his visit at Sciences Po, Mr Hao Ping underlined the richness of the cooperation between Sciences Po and China. He also announced a reinforcement of the financial assistance from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in order to enhance student exchange programme between France and China. Each year, Sciences Po hosts more than 300 Chinese students, a population that today represents the third largest foreign nationality at Sciences Po. In 2014, 125 Sciences Po students chose to study abroad in China.