Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mon séminaire EHESS : Réseaux sociaux, organisations et transdisciplinarité

Attention : pour le jour 15 mai 2009 le séminaire aura lieu à 15h en salle 10.

Réseaux sociaux et organisations : traverser les frontières des disciplines
Séminaire “Pratiquer la transdisciplinarité dans la discipline : théorie et méthodes”

Intervenant : Emmanuel Lazega, Professeur de sociologie, Université Paris-Dauphine

Vendredi 15 mai 2009

EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 Paris
Salle 10
De 15h à 17h

Que faut-il entendre par transdisciplinarité ? Quelle est son utilité ? Et surtout comment l’appliquer en pratique ?
En s’appuyant sur l’expérience de recherche d’Emmanuel Lazega, Professeur de sociologie à l’Université Paris-Dauphine, spécialiste de l’analyse des réseaux sociaux, ce séminaire vise à approfondir les enjeux pratiques, les questionnements théoriques, les apports et les difficultés de la démarche transdisciplinaire.

The end of Wikipedia as we know it

“Wiki, c’est fini?” one would ask (if one was a cheesy French singer from the 1960s). More seriously, is the dream of an open access encyclopedia over? According to a recent article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education the wiki model has “run out of steam“. Don’t worry, the article is not a trite invective insisting that Wikipedia is not reliable because the author of the article on Platonism is also the author of the one on Desperate Housewives. The message here is mainly that the participatory knowledge base  model turns out to be a utopian dream (at best). As of today, Wikipedia is mainly just another social network service (with its profiles, friend counts and online grooming rituals) – and not a very performing one, either.

But this is not the worst part. I’m more concerned with Wikipedia losing its liberal street cred and becoming yet another ivory-towering knowledge institution, with its coercing ontologies and its bigbrotheresque rules. If, in the current intellectual debate over scientific authority, we’re actually fighting the academic equivalent of Star Wars, last thing we need here is to discover that the rebel HQ Coruscant has been replaced by the Death Star.  

Wikipedia: the next inevitable step?

Wikipedia's next logo?

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