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Round Table “Digital Sovereignty: Discourses and Practices” [October 20th, 2021]

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Round Table “Digital Sovereignty: Discourses and Practices” [October 20th, 2021]

20 October 2021 @ 18h00 - 19h30

[English speaking discussions]

          Since the 1990s, the growth of data flows and the broader digital transformation were often described as important drivers and accelerators of a global integration and the formation of a post-territorial world. However, this vision of an open and networked world quickly came up against geopolitical realities. Authoritarian states – in particular Russia and China – were the first to assert in the 2000s their desire to exercise their regal power in the digital domain. Over the past decade or so, this idea has spread throughout the world, taking very different forms from one country or region to another. The concept of “digital sovereignty” has emerged as the catalyst for this new strategic posture of States, but it gives rise to many and sometimes antagonistic discourses. Far from being a neutral and universal concept, “digital sovereignty” appears rather as a protean representation used by national and international actors to legitimize policies and practices, and to spread their values in the digital space.

For more than two years, the GEODE center (Geopolitics of the Datasphere) at the University of Paris 8 and the “Discourses and Practices of Digital Sovereignty” project at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have brought together some forty researchers in the humanities, social sciences and computer science to establish a panorama of the different approaches to “digital sovereignty” around the world. The results of these discussions will be published in an international book to be released in 2022.

We invite you to come and discover this collective work, during a round table with some of the authors on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

The event will take place in a hybrid way :

  • On site at the Condorcet Campus (Centre des Colloques, Salle 100, 2 rue des Fillettes 93300 Aubervilliers). Covid certificate mandatory
  • In videoconference (link sent upon registration)

Among the speakers:

  • Frédérick Douzet (Prof. Dr.), Professor at the French Institute of Geopolitics (Paris 8 University), GEODE director;
  • Georg Glasze (Prof. Dr.), Professor at Erlangen-Nürnberg University;
  • Rogier Creemers (Dr.), Associate Professor at Leiden University;
  • Amael Cattaruzza (Prof. Dr.), Professor at the French Institute of Geopolitics (Paris 8 University);
  • Alix Desforges (Dr.), Postdoctoral student at GEODE;
  • Max Münßinger (M.A.), PhD candidate at Erlangen-Nürnberg University;
  • Clotilde Bômont (M.A.), Research fellow at GEODE, PhD candidate at Panthéon-Sorbonne University;


20 October 2021
18h00 - 19h30


Université Erlangen-Nuremberg


Centre des Colloques – Campus Condorcet
10 Rue des Fillettes
Aubervilliers, 93300 France
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