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Public Talks - Associate Professor in sociology

The shortlisted candidates for the position of Associate Professor in sociology will present their research

Event, Job Talks

Salle N207, 1 Place Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin, 75007 Paris

Auditions schedule

9h-9h50: "Studies in digital consumption"

9h55-10h45: "Intelligent artificiality. How French political organizations mobilize online" 

11h00-11h50: Gabriella Coleman on "The Hack-and-Leak and The Rise of a New Hacktivist Tactic"

If the New York Times reported a hacktivist breaching a system, stealing  documents, and releasing them to the public, few would be surprised—they  might even use the leaked material for their stories. This  hack-and-leak tactic, now common among hacktivists and nation-states,  barely existed before 2011, despite the technical and ideological  groundwork being in place for years. This talk uncovers the prehistory  and rise of hack-and-leak, highlighting Anonymous's significant role in  popularizing this tactic. I will also use this case to propose a method  I'm calling recursive micro-historical work, which seeks to historicize ethnographic data.

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman is a full professor in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a faculty affiliate in the History of Science Department. Her scholarship and teaching address questions of science, technology and medicine, focusing on the politics, cultures, and ethics of hacking. She is the author of two books on computer hackers and the founder and editor of Hack_Curio, a video portal into the cultures of hacking. In 2022, she hosted  the BBC4 radio and podcast series,The Hackers. 

11h55-12h45: Pietro Castelli Gattinara on "Digital media and socio-political conflict in the 21st century"

Pietro Castelli Gattinara is Associate Professor in Digital Communication at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). His research examines the societal impacts of digital media, notably on collective  action and the articulation of public debates. He is particularly interested in the interplay between traditional and digital media, far-right mobilization, and methods to analyse text as data.

Practical Informations

Job talks are open to public, with mandatory registration.

The presentation session will take place from 9.15am to 12.45pm in person, on the Sciences Po campus.

Selection Committee

  • Chris Anderson, University of Milan
  • Valérie Beaudouin, EHESS
  • Jean-Philippe Cointet, Sciences Po médialab (Président)
  • Severine Dusollier, Sciences Po Law School
  • Thierry Giasson, Laval University
  • Susan Halford, Bristol University
  • Sylvain Parasie, Sciences Po médialab
  • Mirna Safi, Sciences Po CRIS