What can I say about Bruno Latour beyond the fact that his scholarship has forced me to reevaluate, reassess, reconstruct, and re(de)fine nearly every aspect of my approach to teaching, learning, curriculum, and research? Latour & Woolgar’s book Laboratory Life (1979/86) took hold of me sometime around 2005 and I haven’t stopped collecting and studying Latour’s ideas ever since. His many books are nearly constant companions of mine and they are the most highlighted, marked up, bent, folded, creased and otherwise broken-in texts I own. Chapter 2 of Pandora’s Hope (1999) remains one of the most pleasurable and insightful pieces of writing I’ve ever laid eyes on, but a close second would be Chapter 6 of Science In Action (1987).
“The world is not a solid continent of facts sprinkled by a few lakes of uncertainties, but a vast ocean of uncertainties speckled by a few islands of calibrated and stabilized forms.”– BRUNO LATOUR, Reassembling the Social (2005)
In the winter months of 2014, I had the pleasure of enrolling in and completing the pilot version of one of his latest educational experiments, a massively open online course–or MOOC–offered through the Sciences Po which used the playful course title, Scientific Humanities.