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Professor Emmanuel Didier will present his book "Statactivism" followed by a discussion on the topic. Didier is specialised in the study of statistics as a tool of government.

Event details of Book presentation and discusson on "Statactivism" by Emmanuel Didier (on-site)
Date 1 April 2022
Time 12:00 -14:00

About the book

“Statactivisme” is an edited volume by Emmanuel Didier (together with Isabelle Bruno and Julien Prévieux) dedicated to gather and analyse ways in which, since the 1970s, ordinary people resist to or pervert quantitative management tools, or use statistics to enhance their power against institutions. This collective anthology brings together contributions from sociologists, journalists, artists, and union and community activists. Featuring are, for example, Luc Boltanski, alain Desrosières, Theodore M. Porter, Howard Becker and the artist Hans Haacke, Its position is based on judo: it prolongs the movement of the adversary in order to turn his strength against him and send it right back at him. It attempts to turn statistics, the instruments of power of a large number of governments, into critical weapons. Or at least, it explores the possibility. Fighting with figures is taking part in statactivism.

About the author

Professor Emmanuel Didier is a founding member and permanent researcher at Epidopo (Epigenetics, Data, Politics), a joint research unit funded by the French CNRS and UCLA and located in the latter. He is an associate researcher with the Centre Maurice Halbwachs (CNRS, Ecole normale supérieure and EHESS) and a member of the Center for Study of Invention and Social Process at Goldsmiths, the University of London. He teaches “Socio-history of statistics” at the ENSAE (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique) and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and Bio-Data, The Social and Political Consequences of Big Data in Biology and Medicine” at UCLA.

Originally trained as a statistician, Emmanuel Didier produces statistical results, especially in the field of victimisation surveys. But he specialises in the study of statistics as a tool of government.