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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
35/2018
Infrastructures, techniques et politiques

Infrastructures, techniques et politiques
Edited by François Jarrige, Stefan Le Courant and Camille Paloque-Bergès

This issue of Tracés is seeking to present and delimit today’s uses of the word « infrastructures », as well as underlining, with a series of situated case studies, how infrastructural technical layouts are associated with political and social issues. Interrogating infrastructures helps thinking about how technopolitical configurations infer and produce social structures. As enduring technological structures – designed or thought of as such – not prone to immediate appropriation, infrastructures shape social uses and through this process, they materialize political programs. Articles in this issue shed light how this materialization, while confronting it to the discourses, languages and imaginaries of infrastructures when brought up in the public debate. Keeping distance with the seeming neutrality of innovation carried by public powers and the discourse of “tech” ethics, this issue aims at exploring the conditions and forms of constraints contained in technological infrastructures. The goal is to help reflecting on infrastructures in a perspective that tends to stay in the background: their instituting powers.