Latour’s AIME [An Inquiry into the Mode of Existence] : Discussing Organization at the “diplomatic workshop” and closure ceremony in ParisPosted: July 21, 2014
In 2012 Bruno Latour initiated his most recent project “An Inquiry into the Mode of Existence”(or simply, AIME) with the French publication of the book with the same name (the English version was released in 2013) and the launching of a web collaborative platform (http://www.modesofexistence.org/).
The goal of this project? Try to answer, in a positive version, to the question raised, only negatively, with the publication, in 1991, of ”We have never been modern”: if ”we” have never been modern, then what have ”we” been? From what sort of values should ”we” inherit? AIME presents 15 modes of existence – one of them is Organization – that explore these values that “we” moderns are attached to.
The book was only a starting point for triggering discussions and debate: 24 international workshop in different universities representing different disciplines were carried on since its released, besides the platform opened to contributors from all over the world.
After two years, the project closes with a 1 week “diplomatic workshop” in Paris (July 21-25, 2014) which 35 scholars will closely look at all the contributions and discussions to propose, at the end of the week, a “specbook” that will serve as base for rewriting AIME.
François Cooren, Daniel Robichand and myself are attending the workshop, as “spokesperson” of the ‘Organization’ mode of existence.
To follow the discussion and results of the workshop, you can follow the AIME team in twitter: AIMEproject or the AIME blog: http://www.modesofexistence.org/#the-blog
or follow us : https://orgcom.wordpress.com/
You can also access the full version of the book and contributions on line: http://www.modesofexistence.org/