Frédérique Aït-Touati

Scholar (Literature and History of Science), France

Frédérique Aït-Touati is a theatre director and a CNRS Research Fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her work explores connections between the sciences and the arts, and her interests include early modern literature, astronomy, optics, the history of natural history and the sciences of the Earth from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries, including cartography, cosmography, and ecology/environmentalism. She also works on early modern and contemporary theatre and performance, the history of set design and baroque machineries. She has published Fictions of the Cosmos (Chicago University Press, 2011), Contes de la Lune, essai sur la fiction et la science modernes (Gallimard, 2011), Histoires et savoirs (2012), Le Monde en images (2015), Terra Forma, manuel de cartographies potentielles (B42, 2019 / MIT Press, 2021), Le Cri de Gaïa (2021), Théâtre de la Terre (2021). With Bruno Latour and her theatre company Zone Critique she has created plays and performances, including Gaia Global Circus (2013-2016), Make it Work/The Theatre of Negotiations (2015), INSIDE (2016-2018), Moving Earths (2019-2020) and VIRAL (2021) works which have been presented around the world, and recently in Paris, New York, the Taipei Biennale and the Berliner Festspiele.