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CSI Guest seminar
08 October 2019 • 11h-11h • Mines ParisTech • Room Saint Jacques

Guest seminar with

Alexandre Rios-Bordes

Lecturer in contemporary history at the University Paris 7 Diderot

and member of the Laboratory Identités, Cultures, Territoires (EA 337)


Les savoirs de l’ombre :

la surveillance militaire des populations aux États-Unis (1900-1941)

Introduction to the discussion by Roman Solé-Pomies


On the eve of the First World War, the US military intelligence, previously occupied with distant conflicts, turns to domestic issues. Within a few months, powerful devices were discreetly deployed in the territory to identify and follow those who, because of their activities, their commitments or simply their opinions, are deemed hostile to the national mobilization. This surveillance did never cease: in the post-conflict period, in the name of the imperatives of “modern” war, the whole population became a military issue justifying its perpetuation.

Thanks to a vertiginous dive into the archives, proceeding through a historical ethnographic approach, Alexandre Rios-Bordes takes us to the heart of the secret administrations. He shows us, over the shoulder of those who spy, a complex undertaking, marked by ethical, practical, intellectual and political tensions. He deciphers the logic at work in this effort to accumulate knowledge on populations and thus retraces the institutionalization of a State surveillance at the heart of the democratic system.

Éditions de l’EHESS, 2018


The Guest Seminar Series is organized collectively by the CSI PhD students. It is open upon registration.

Contact and registration: Cornelius Heimstädt or Loïc Riom


Date: Tuesday 8 octobre 2019, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Venue: Mines ParisTech, 60 bd St Michel, 75006 Paris – Salle St Jacques


Guest seminar programme


Photo source: Livres en scène, réalisation Serge Blerald, Editions EHESS


08 October 2019
11 h 00 min
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Cornelius Heimstädt et Loïc Riom


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