The Archipelagos of the Living

We are inviting you to participate in a workshop in the afternoon, September 3rd, to discuss the Archipelagos of the Living, a cross-country laboratory territory seeking to develop sustainable modes of life and living on Island territories.

The workshop follows from the seminar hosted by l’IRI and L’Association des amis de la génération Thunberg last June, which consisted of presentations of work already being done on the different territories : on Corsica, Cres, Sherkin in Ireland, the Galapagos Islands and Ile-Saint-Denis. Our goal at this stage is to begin implicating local actors in these discussions, to take the proposition of contributory seriously. Being unable to visit the territories, we have decided to structure the afternoon around testimonies that Sanja Bojanic and Sarah Czerny have collected from dairy farmers from Cres. We hope that working from local perspectives, concerns and savoirs-faire, will allow us to identify potential niches for contributory research, all the while touching on the methodological challenges researches are likely to meet across territories when beginning to translate the theoretical framwork behind contributory research into (multiple) practice(s).

The last part of the workshop will be consecrated to a discussion around how to practically structure the project Archipelagos of the Living the organology of the project so to speak – across different territories, different universities and on different scales; in the short-term, long-term and in the specific reality posed by post-Covid-19.

The workshop begins at 14:00 CET.

Sanja Bojanic and Sarah Czerny further invite us to follow a presentation by Shu Yang Lin from the vTaiwan initiative ( 12:00 to 14:00 the same day. Together with Glyn Weyl ( and Anne de Zeewue from Netwerk Democratie (, the Center for Advanced Studies University of Rijeka is using the model of vTaiwan to imagine new technologies of deliberation using AI, a project intimately tied to the question of contributory technologies. I attach a description of the project to this email.


12:00-14:00: Presentation of the AI&Democracy methodologies Center for Advanced Studies University of Rijeka 


14:00-14:30: Theoretical conceptualization of contributory research, Noel Fitzpatrick

14:30-16:30: Methodological Input: savoir faire developed through testimonies and discussed from anthropological and philosophical points of view, Sarah Czerny and Sanja Bojanić

16:30-18:00: Wrap-up: general remarks, how to organize the forthcoming months, collaborative platforms in a post-Covid reality



You can also read ARCHIPEL DES VIVANTES, one of the last texts by Bernard Stiegler published in Etica & Politica (in French).