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New masses, old questions. New views on collective intelligence

Masses nouvelles, questions anciennes. Nouveaux regards sur l’intelligence collective

Nuevas masas, viejas preguntas. Nuevos puntos de vista sobre la inteligencia colectiva

Revue « Essais »

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Published on Wednesday, June 02, 2021


In a regressive approach, this thematic issue of the journal Essais envisages starting from the new configurations of the mass in the digital age to question in a fresh way the ambivalence constitutive of the historical reflection on the masses, at the same time fantasized for their intelligence and their potential of emancipation and depreciated for their incompetence and their passivity. This issue, in an interdisciplinary approach, aims to bring together specialists in new technologies, the practices and imaginaries they engender, with those interested in the theoretical, historical, fictional and figurative dimensions of this collective subject.



The complexity of contemporary issues and the multiplication of crises on a global scale, be they ecological, health, social or economic, have undeniably put the classic model of elites holding political intelligence in crisis. The new issues of the 21st century invite us to abandon the hegemony of the paradigm of traditional rationality, both individual and expert, and lead us to update an alternative model: that of collective intelligence.

There are more and more fields where this new form of intelligence is being experimented with. But there is a privileged space where social relations, experiences and political rationalities are reconfigured in a new way: digital tools. These new spaces of experimentation, in particular participatory and collaborative platforms, perceived in many respects as places of intense democratic potential, nonetheless re-actualise all the traditional fears about the 'masses'.

These new configurations of the thinking masses constitute a fertile condition for a fresh interrogation of the reflections and experiences of past actors concerning the intelligence expressed by collectives.

Submission guidelines

The call is open to proposals in all languages.

Proposal abstracts, in the first instance, should be no more than 1000 characters long.

After acceptance, each paper must then conform to the journal's presentation standards (to be found here).

Abstracts can be submitted until 30 June 2021,

in electronic form by email to the following address: revue-essais@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr

Coordination of the issue

Call for papers for a thematic issue of the journal Essais coordinated by

  • Manon Delobel (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)
  • Sandro Landi (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)


  • Bordeaux, France (33)


  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021


  • masses digitales ; intelligence collective


  • Revue Essais Montaigne-Humanités
    courriel : revue-essais [at] u-bordeaux-montaigne [dot] fr

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  • Revue Essais
    courriel : revue-essais [at] u-bordeaux-montaigne [dot] fr


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« New masses, old questions. New views on collective intelligence », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, June 02, 2021, https://calenda.org/882165

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