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Tracés: Revue de Sciences Humaines publishes research in the social sciences in two themed issues per year and a handful of special editions. These issues focus on an old debate that has taken a new turn due to current editorial or political circumstances, takes an idea that the various intellectual traditions and disciplines would usually address in isolation and submits it to examination from multiple perspectives, or explores an emerging field of thought. Tracés claims a true pluralism, as attested to by the variety of themes and approaches it publishes. The journal’s editorial committee is made up of young researchers from various disciplines and pursues a strong interdisciplinary project. This is manifested in the selection of articles, notes, translations, and interviews that make up each of the issues.

Latest issue
Convoquer les êtres collectifs

Bringing Collective Entities Back In
Edited by Thomas Angeletti and Aurélien Berlan

In what kind of situations do individuals face collective entities, institutions or systems larger than themselves? How do they refer to them? What theoretical approaches do social sciences take to discuss them? The empirical and theoretical articles in this special issue examine the modes of existence of collective entities when they are conceived as actors. There is a general tension that unites these analyses across all the disciplines represented in this issue: on one hand, it is important to be careful to avoid substantializing collective entities in any way; on the other hand, it appears necessary to toss this caution aside and consider them as acting institutions. This contrast is even more significant when one takes into account that social scientists are not the only ones to refer to collective entities: people never stop to summon them or to fight them. By exploring entities as diverse as capitalism, markets, the state, deliberating bodies, the Church, the French postal system or the Nicolotti in eighteenth-century Venice, the articles, translations and interview gathered in this issue show the variety of ways to deal with such collective entities.