│Pierre-Antoine Chardel: Full Professor of Social Philosophy and Ethics, heads the interdisciplinary research group ETOS (Ethics, Technologies, Organizations, Society) at Telecom Business School (Institut Mines-Télécom, Paris). He is also Researcher at the Centre Edgar Morin (UMR 8177, CNRS/ EHESS) and holds a seminar at University of Paris Descartes (Sorbonne). His research and teaching interests focus on a wide range of topics in social philosophy and phenomenology including the ethical and political implications of new technologies. He has published nine books, including : Zygmunt Bauman. Les illusions perdues de la modernité, Paris, CNRS Editions, 2013 ; Politiques sécuritaires et surveillance numérique (dir.), Paris, CNRS Editions, 2014 ; Ecologies sociales. Le souci du commun (dir. avec Bernard Reber), Lyon, Parangon, 2014 ; Espaces publics et reconstruction du politique (dir. avec Brigitte Frelat-Kahn et Jan Spurk), Paris, Presses des Mines, 2015.
Ethical perspectives on mobility and identity in the age of suspicion
The globalization comes with need of security, a collective ambition to define limits, to raising the walls that separate us from the other (Z. Bauman). In this context, we can observe a very large consensus towards the establishment of control technologies. This operation to preserve the safety of public and private spheres is considered self-evident in an information society where the political actions are often determined by an imperative to communicate. The acceptability of control technologies is reinforced by the development of a culture of anxiety mediated by a mass-media. In this talk, I would like more especially to underline the contradictory orders which cross our globalized societies which excite the positivity of the mobility and which, at the same time, create the conditions of the control of the movements of population. I would like to interrogate this tension which crosses our postmodern societies to examine the way in which the perception of the concept of identity evolves with the expansion of the technologies of identification today, such as the biometrics. In this age of suspicion in which we live, don’t we attend a prodigious reduction of our understanding of the concept of identity?