One concept, transdisciplinarity and multiple activities
The second edition of THEMA focuses on the notion of TRACE.
From the trace that the pandemic will leave in our lifestyles, our bodies and our memories, to the digital trace left online. From the historical relic, studied and preserved, to the polluting residue that must be tracked down, destroyed or recycled. From the imprint that betrays the criminal, to the gesture that creates a movement in space, through the mark witnessing our experiences to be healed … What traces do we observe and what traces do we want to leave?
The notion of trace is at the heart of contemporary preoccupations that can be enlightened jointly by the human and social sciences and the exact sciences.
Several events are planned to fuel this reflection on the trace:
“On the trail of life” is a podcast realized in the form of portraits and intimate investigations in search of life in the laboratories of various scientists at EPFL.
About once a month, a philosopher is invited on campus for a discussion, in person, around a theme. The meetings take place in different places of the campus, around a lunch offered to the participants, upon registration.
Laisser des traces est-il inévitable, nécessaire ou inutile ?
Wednesday, December 7 from 12:15 to 1:15 pm at Rolex Learning Center
Two open-air conferences (in French) to discover the known space in a different way, to be attentive to the human and non-human traces that inhabit it and to grasp the societal, political and ethical stakes, in the company of passionate and fascinating researchers.
- On the traces of human pollutants along the Chamberonne River
With Nathalie Chèvre, ecotoxicologist, professor at UNIL
> Thursday June 2, from 12:15 to 1 pm
- The ascent of Mont Buet: in the footsteps of 18th century Genevan scientists
With researchers from the Laboratory for the History of Science and Technology (LHST).
> Saturday and Sunday 3-4 September
Open to all upon registration
One or more artists from the Artist-in-Residence program (EPFL CDH AiR) will collaborate in discussions on the notion of trace. Their artistic works will be discovered throughout the year 2022 on the EPFL campus.