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Tracés: Revue de Sciences Humaines publishes research in the social sciences in two themed issues per year and a handful of special editions. These issues focus on an old debate that has taken a new turn due to current editorial or political circumstances, takes an idea that the various intellectual traditions and disciplines would usually address in isolation and submits it to examination from multiple perspectives, or explores an emerging field of thought. Tracés claims a true pluralism, as attested to by the variety of themes and approaches it publishes. The journal’s editorial committee is made up of young researchers from various disciplines and pursues a strong interdisciplinary project. This is manifested in the selection of articles, notes, translations, and interviews that make up each of the issues.

Latest issue
44 | 2023
États de crise

States of crisis
Edited by Jérôme Heurtaux, Rachel Renault and Federico Tarragoni

How does a crisis come into being, exist and pass? In response to these classical questions of the social sciences, this issue of Tracés takes a step aside by examining “states of crisis”, i.e., the scholarly and ordinary procedures by which a given situation, in different social worlds, is qualified as “critical” and objectified as a crisis. Bringing together contributions from researchers in the humanities and social sciences, interviews with war reporters and a diplomat, and previously unpublished translations by authors and political activists, it analyses the process of qualification – a set of epistemic, practical and normative operations – of a given configuration as a political crisis, which it approaches by linking the analysis of critical conjunctures and the history of the concept of crisis. The dossier is structured around three themes. The first deals with the concept of crisis, and the way in which it imposes a singular relationship to temporality, constructed by different fields of knowledge (philosophy, political arithmetic, economics, political analysis) since Greek Antiquity. The second concerns the way in which the concept is re-appropriated by contemporary actors, through specific qualification operations linked to social experience. The third concerns the singular methods of explanation and prediction that the qualification of crisis makes possible in different social worlds.

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