Subject: A government of prediction? International conference announcement and call for paper

Dear all,

The LISIS (Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés)
will organize an international conference next September in Paris (11-13).

The conference aims at putting in discussion the modes and effects of the
use of computational tools in government and public policies. Computation,
be it based on statistical modeling or newest techniques of predictive
analytics, holds the promise to be able to anticipate and act infallibly on
futures and uncertain situations more generally. That the future is an
object of governmental knowledge and action is nothing new though. So, what
is the characteristic of today’s relationship with futures in policy making
and action? To what extent do the means of computation – from statistical
models to learning algorithms employed in predictive analytics — change
this relationship, and the collective capacity and legitimacy to engage
with future, uncertain situations? Do technologies of prediction change
policies and their politics and, if so, how?

We invite contributions in English or in French, to cover these questions
in a range of policy areas (food, agriculture, energy, climate, cities,
crime, medicines, chemicals or health). Abstracts should be sent to by March 30 2017.

The conference will take place in central Paris at the Centre National des
Arts et Métiers on 11-13 September 2017. Two keynote speeches will be
offered by Paul N. Edwards, professor at University of Michigan and by
Steve Hilgartner, professor at Cornell University.

David Demortain, for the organizing committee.

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