Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 2008, volume 26, pages 761 - 777.
Script by Eduardo VianaVargas, Bruno Latour, Bruno Karsenti, Frederique Ait-Touati, Louise Salmon. English translation by Amaleena Damle, Matei Candea.
A momentous debate concerning the nature of sociology and its relation to other sciences took place between Gabriel Tarde and Emile Durkheim at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Sociales in 1903. Unfortunately the only available record of the event is a brief overview which English readers may find in Terry Clark's 1969 edited volume On Communication and Social Influence (University of Chicago Press, Chicago).
The present recension of the debate, therefore, is based on a script consisting of quotations from the works of Gabriel Tarde and Emile Durkheim, arranged to form a dialogue. All text, save that in square brackets, consists of quotations from published works by Eèmile Durkheim and Gabriel Tarde. A short version of it was acted out, in French, by Bruno Latour (Gabriel Tarde), Bruno Karsenti (Emile Durkheim), and Simon Schaffer (The Dean), under the direction of Frederique Ait-Touati, on 14 March 2008, at McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK, as part of the conference Tarde/Durkheim: Trajectoires of the Social.
A podcast video of it is
available at http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/47/.