PhD, Universite de Paris
7408 Dwinelle Hall
- Science and Technology Studies
- Philosophy of Science
- Actor Network Theory
Hélène Mialet has held positions at Cornell University, Harvard University and Oxford University where she ran the program in Science Studies; she has also held post-doctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University under the auspices of the Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, sponsored by the European Union for extremely promising young scholars. She has published widely on subjectivity, agency, innovation and cognition. Her first book is entitled L’Entreprise Créatrice
(Paris: Hermès-Lavoisier, 2008), which is an ethnographic study of practices and processes of invention in an applied research laboratory in a multinational oil company (Total); this book was a finalist for the Prix ADVANCIA
for the best book published in French on entrepreneurship and innovation in 2008. The English version of this, entitled, Making the New: An Ethnographic Study of Innovation
is currently under considertation with the University of Chicago Press. She has just published a new book entitled Hawking Incorporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012). This work provides an ethnographic study of ‘abstraction’ and formalism, focusing on the case of Stephen Hawking as a means of exploring larger questions having to do with singularity, identity, distributed agency, subjectivity, corporeality (and/or the mind/body problem), socio-technical networks and scientific practice.
She is currently working on a new project concerned with the study of new networks of knowledge production and expertise constituted by ‘laypersons’ (e.g., electronic lists organized around specific themes like parents of children with juvenile diabetes).
Hawking Incorporated (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012).
Making the New: An Ethnography of Innovation, translation of L’Entreprise Créatrice, under review.
L’Entreprise Créatrice, Le rôle des récits, des objets et de l’acteur dans l’invention (Paris: Hermès-Lavoisier, 2008), finalist, Prix Advancia, best book in French on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2008.
ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS AND ESSAY REVIEWS
“Stephen Hawking: L’étude ethnographique d’une statue,” in Olivier Thiery (eds.), Penser la société et faire des sciences sociales au risque des non-humains (Paris: La Découverte, 2011), 244-254.
“Réflexion sur une pensée diagrammatique,” in Christian Jacob (ed.), Les lieux de savoir, volume 2 (Paris: Albin Michel, 2011), 922-944.
“Making a Difference by Becoming the Same,” The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 10/4 (2009): 257–265.userfiles/Mialet(1).pdf
“Reincarnating the Knowing Subject: Scientific Rationality and The Situated Body” Qui Parle? 18/1 (2009): 53-73.
“William X & Mr. H: Repenser l’Acteur de l’Invention,” Documents pour l’histoire des techniques, 17 (2009): 134-148.
“Stephen Hawking,” Encyclopedia of American Disability History (New York: Facts On File, 2009).
“Do Angels Have Bodies: Two Stories About Subjectivity in Science, The Cases of William X and Mr. H,” in E. Selinger and R. P. Crease (eds.), The Philosophy of Expertise (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006), 246-279.
“Reading Hawking’s Presence: An Interview with a Self-Effacing Man,” Critical Inquiry 29 (2003): 571-598.userfiles/CI Web(1).pdf
“The ‘Righteous Wrath’ of Pierre Bourdieu,” Essay Review of Pierre Bourdieu’s Science de la science et réflexivité, Social Studies of Science 33/4 (2003): 613-621.userfiles/SSS Bourdieu.pdf
“Is the End in Sight for the Lucasian Chair? Stephen Hawking as Millenium Professor,” in K. Knox and R. Noakes (eds), From Newton to Hawking: A History of Cambridge University's Lucasian Professorships of Mathematics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 425-459.
“A Propos d'Invention: Reconfiguration d'un Sujet Philosophique Saisi dans ses Pratiques?” Rue Descartes, Official Journal of The Collège International de Philosophie, Special Issue: “Rationalités de la Science” 31 (Paris: PUF, Mars 2001): 87-103.
“We Have Always Been Mixed Up: Aristotle at the Heart of the Composite Age,” Essay Review of Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent’s Eloge du mixte: Matériaux nouveaux et philosophie ancienne, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 32/1 (2001): 193-202.
“Do Angels Have Bodies: Two Stories About Subjectivity in Science, The Cases of William X and Mr. H,” Social Studies of Science 29/4 (1999): 551-582.userfiles/Do Angels Have Bodies.pdf
“The Brain of Hawking,” Actes de colloques, La Lettre de la Maison Française 9 (1998): 5-8.
“William X & Mr. H: Deux Sujets Re-matérialisés,” La Lettre de la Maison Française 9 (1998): 140-170.
“Le Phénomène Hawking,” Numéro Spécial: “Mythes et Légendes de la Science,” Science et Avenir (Juillet-Août 1997): 80-83.
“Les Pratiques de l'Invention,” in Robert Prost (ed), Concevoir, Créer, Inventer (Paris, 1995), 283-300.
“Etude de la Culture Pastorienne,” European Commission Report (1995)
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND INVITED TALKS
“Hawking Incorporated,” Townsend Center, UC Berkeley, (September 2010), and Sociological Ontology Group organized by John Searle, UC Berkeley (October 2010).
“Rethinking the Actor of Actor-Network Theory” ISSI's Center for Urban Ethnography, UC Berkeley (March 2010)
“What is the Thinker doing? The Ethnographic Study of a Statue,” Harvard/MIT Subway Series (November 2009).
“The Ethnographic Study of a Statue,” Theoretical Archeology Group, Stanford (May 2009).
“Objects of Knowledge, Objects of Exchange: Contours of (Inter)disciplinarity” Panel Discussant “Mediations across Media,” The Harvard Humanities Center (April 2009)
“Seeing Through Calculations,” Cambridge University (January 2009); Harvard University (April 2009).
“How to do Things with Words?” New Media, UC Berkeley (October 2008) and AAA (November 2008).
“Hawking meets Hawking,” Society for Cultural Anthropology, Los Angeles (May 2008).
“Hawking’s Mathematical Body,” Center for the History of Science Technology and Medicine, Imperial College (June 2007).
“Rethinking the Actor of Invention,” Department of Sociology, UBC (December 2006).
“Hawking Incorporated,” Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, ENSMP (November 2006).
“Hawking and Assistive Technology,” Department of Communication, UCSD (April 2006).
“Hawking’s Laboratory,” Department of STS, MIT (March 2006).
“Hawking Hawking: How to Do Things with Words?,” Departments of History of Science and Anthropology, Harvard University (September 2005).
“Hawking Hawking: How to Do Things with Words?,” Interdisciplinary Studies, UBC (April 2005).
“The Technological Animal,” 4S/EASST, Ecole des Mines de Paris (August 2005).
“Body-Techniques-Presence,” 4S/EASST, Ecole des Mines de Paris (August 2004).
“Working and Studying Across the Atlantic,” Participant on a panel organized by the Council of the Student Section of the 4S/EASST (August 2004).
“Hawking Hawking,” Northwestern University (March 2004).
“An Anthropology of Innovation in Science and Industry,” UC Davis (February, 2004).
“Following The Fabrication of an Autobiographical Text,” Department of Anthropology, Co-sponsored with Office for History of Science and Technology and the Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley (February 2004).
“How to Speak about Subjectivity in Science?,” 4S, Atlanta (October 2003).
“Text and Presence: an Ethnographic Study of a Genius in the Making,” Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan (November 2002).
“Reading Presence: The Extended-Body of a Genius,” Annual Conference for the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Chicago (October 2002).
“Stephen Hawking & Discourse Analysis,” School of Information, University of Michigan (October 2002).
“The Ethnographic Study of a Self-Effacing Man,” Organizing Vision: Transparency in Science, Technology and Politics, Cornell University (April 2002).
“Looking for Stephen Hawking: Distributed Cognition and Subjectivity,” ST&S and History of Medicine Colloquium, University of Michigan (February 2002).
“What makes a Creator a Genius,” Public Lecture, Cornell University (March 2001).
“HawKing’s Two Bodies,” 4S, Vienna (October 2000).
“The Extended Body of a Genius: the case of Professor Hawking,” Department of STS, Cornell University (April 2000) & at the Max Planck Institute (November 1998).
“A Propos d'Invention: Reconfiguration d'un Sujet Philosophique Saisi dans ses Pratiques,” Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (May 1998).
“Emergence d'une nouvelle forme d'acteur innovant,” Centre de Recherche en Innovation Socio-Technique et Organisations Industrielles, CNRS-Grenoble (December 1997).
“Study of the Emergence of a Centred-Distributed Subject,” Oxford University (October 1997).
“The Brain of Hawking,” delivered at the Conference “Body-Mind-Machine,” Maison Française d'Oxford, Oxford University (May 1997).
“The Role of the Individual in the Actor Network Theory,” Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise Science, Dept. of Sociology & Social Policy, Southampton University (February 1997).
“A Big and a Little Scientific Hero,” C.R.I.C.T. (Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology), Brunel University (February 1997).
“How to Speak after SSK (or Today) about Geniuses and Heroes in Science,” Department of Philosophy and History of Science, Cambridge University (January 1997).
“Ways to Invent: Fabrication of Genius,” Manchester University (December 1996).
“A Quoi Peut Bien Ressembler un Cerveau Socialisé?,” Institut Fédératif des Neurosciences, Lyon (November 1996).
“William X and Mister H: Two Stories about Subjectivity in Science,” History and Philosophy of Science Lecture Series, HPS, Cambridge University (October 1996).
“The De-Construction of Genius,” 4S, Bielfeld, Germany (October 1996).
“Les Peuplades Scientifiques: Rituels & Traditions,” EEC Program, Lyon (May 1996).
“Le Corps du Sujet,” delivered at the conference on “Coordonner, Représenter, Attribuer” Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (April 1996).
“Etude de la Culture Pastorienne,” Granada University, Spain (October 1995).
“Le Suivi Ethnographique des Pratiques d'un Chercheur,” Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Grenoble (December 1994).
“About a Knowing Subject,” delivered at the conference on “Historical Epistemology,” University of Toronto, Canada (November 1993).
“Processus de Conception Scientifique,” delivered at the conference organised by the Ministère de l'Equipement (Bureau de la Recherche Architecturale), Paris (April 1992).
“The Empirical Study of a New Idea,” 4S, Gøteborg (August 1992).