Isabelle Stengers

29 août 2016

Keynote speaker

DSC00007Isabelle Stengers is professor of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her interests centre on both the constructive adventure of modern sciences and the problems born from the association of this adventure with power and claims to rational authority. She is working on the crucial challenge, both political and cultural, of an active ecology embedding our many diverging scientific practices in a democratic and demanding environment, against both the ideal of their sovereign autonomy and their submission to social demands. In here recently translated book, In Catastrophic Times, she emphasizes the crucial importance, in the coming hard times, of empowerment processes whereby groups acquire, or reclaim, the capacity of actively situating themselves and of inventing cooperation practices.