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Dr. Gabriel Dorthe

Research Associate

Gabriel Dorthe has been a Fellow at the IASS from November 2016 to February 2017, for a research project on the chemtrail community. His current Fellowship, from May to August 2018, is dedicated to building a new research project on geoengineering's governance and vulnerability, in collaboration with Stefan Schäfer.

He holds a MA (2009) in philosophy, history and social sciences from the University of Lausanne and he will defend his PhD dissertation by the end of the summer 2018. This research explores the transhumanist movement, as an activist movement, that forms a particular public of emerging technologies. In 2014 - 2015, Gabriel Dorthe has been a Visiting Research Fellow with the Science, Technology & Society (STS) Program at the Harvard University, led by Prof. Sheila Jasanoff.

Gabriel Dorthe is also deeply involved in crafting interfaces between academic research and other practices. He has organized dozens of public events over the last ten years. In 2009, he co-founded the Socrates Project, a research and consulting initiative that offers philosophical approaches to businesses and organizations. It aims to facilitate a space for exploring more creative, responsive and responsible ways to interact with the complexities of today's world.

  • (2009) MA in philosophy and social sciences, University of Lausanne
  • (since 2009) PhD candidate, University of Lausanne (environmental humanities) & University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (philosophy of technology)
  • (2014-15) Research Fellow with the Harvard Program on Science, Technology and Society
  • (since 2008) Co-founder of Projet Socrate, a research and consulting firm offering philosophical approaches to businesses and organizations, in order to encourage more creative, responsive and responsible responses to complex problems.
  • Climate engineering
  • chemtrails
  • transhumanism
  • publics of science
  • Science Technology & Society
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Environmental Humanities

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Marc Audétat, Gaïa Barazzetti, Gabriel Dorthe, Claude Joseph, Alain Kaufmann, Dominique Vinck (ed.), Sciences et technologies émergentes: Pourquoi tant de promesses? Paris, Hermann, 2015.
  • Gabriel Dorthe, Johann Roduit, "Modifier l'espèce humaine ou l'environnement? Les transhumanistes face à la crise écologique", Bioethica Forum, 7(3), 2014, p.79-86.
  • Gabriel Dorthe, "L'immortalité et ses impatients", Socio-Anthropologie, 31, 2015, p.127-138.
  • "A study of transhumanism in the making: why does it matter?" Transvision 2017 "Politics of Emerging Technologies - The Future of Transhumanism" Bruxelles, Grand Café Muntpunt, 09-11.11.2017.
  • "Reluctant Futures: A Study of Transhumanism in the Making" 16th Science and Democracy Network Annual Meeting Harvard University, 28.06-01.07.2017.
  • "What in the Sky are they Claiming?", 2016 FORCCAST Summer School "Controversies & Conspiracies", SciencesPo Paris, Sept. 2016.
  • Yasmin Tayag, "Why Euro Transhumanism Has Morphed Into a 'Technoprogressive' Fight for Equality"
  • Inverse (interview), June 22, 2016:
  • "Reluctant Futures: A Study of Transhumanism in the Making", Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) 40th Annual Meeting, Denver (CO), USA, November 12, 2015.
  • "Who's the Sorcerer? Slippery Facts in the Debate on Geoengineering", 14th Science and Democracy Network Annual Meeting, Harvard University, June 25, 2015.
  • "Biohacking as a critique of transhumanism", STS Workshop: "Chimeric Imaginaries: Refiguring the Human in Science, Law, and Life", Harvard University, Science, Technology & Society (STS) Program, October 09, 2014.
  • "Data and oil: from small to big - return ticket", Swiss STS Meeting "Collecting, Organizing, Trading Big Data", University of Lausanne, February 20, 2014.