Chaire Réseaux Sociaux

Antonio A. Casilli

Antonio A. CASILLI is an Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities at ParisTech and a Researcher in Sociology at the Edgar-Morin Centre (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris).


His research mainly concerns the body, health and computing & IT practices. He has headed several international field studies (in particular in the United States, China, and Brazil). Since 2009, he has been coordinating various research projects into online social networks, health, and privacy. He also studies advanced research methodologies in social sciences, in particular multi-agent stimulations.


In addition to several scientific publications in French, English, and Italian, he is the author of three books. Les liaisons numériques (Seuil, Paris, 2010) is a study on the way in which the Web is reconfiguring the forms of contemporary sociability. Stop Mobbing (DeriveApprodi, Rome, 2000; reprint 2001) is an analysis of communicational violence in cognitive capitalism. His first book, La Fabbrica Libertina (Manifesto Libri, Rome, 1997; 2nd edition 2000) has been described as “a Cyborg-Marxist take on the work of the Marquis de Sade”. (Go to the full list of publications)


1. AA Casilli (2010) Les Liaisons numériques : vers une nouvelle sociabilité ? [Digital Liaisons: Towards a New Sociability?], Paris: Seuil site web

Coordination of works

1. AA Casilli (2011) Scientific coordination for “Cultures du numérique” [“Digital Cultures”], a special issue of the journal Communications, No. 88 read the introduction.

2. AA Casilli (2009) Scientific coordination for “Le corps à l’épreuve des cultures numériques” [“The body put to the digital cultures test”], a special issue of the journal Esprit, n. 353, 151-217 read the introduction.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

1. AA Casilli, P Tubaro, P Araya (2012) “Ten years of Ana. Lessons from a transdisciplinary body of literature on online pro-eating disorder websites”, Social Science Information, vol. 51, n. 1 (accepted, under publication). [1]

2. AA Casilli (2010) “A history of virulence: the body and computer culture in the 1980s”, Body and Society, vol. 16, n. 4, pp. 1-31.  [2] – pdf.

3. AA Casilli (2010) “Petites boîtes’ et individualisme en réseau Les usages socialisants du web en débat” [Little Boxes and Networked Individualism: The Debate Around Web Use and Social Cohesion], Annales de l’Ecole de Mines – Réalités Industrielles, vol. 216, n. 4, pp. 54-59. [3] pdf

4. P Tubaro & AA Casilli (2010) “‘An ethnographic seduction’: how qualitative research and agent-based models can benefit each other”, Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique, n. 106, pp. 59-74 [4] – pdf preprint.

5. AA Casilli (2009) “Le Stéthoscope et la Souris : Savoirs médicaux et imaginaires numériques du corps” [The Stethoscope and the Mouse: Medical knowledge and digital imaginaries of the body], Esprit, n. 353, pp. 175-188 [5] – pdf preprint (republished in the journal Santé Conjuguée, Oct 2011, n. 58).

6. AA Casilli (2009) “Culture numérique : L’adieu au corps n’a jamais eu lieu” [Computer Culture : We have never been disembodied], Esprit, n. 353, pp. 151-153 [6] – pdf preprint version.

7. AA Casilli, S Sanchez, P Tubaro, N Antille (2008) “Négocier le plaisir dans la consommation alimentaire : une étude sur trois groupes de migrants de l’aire métropolitaine de Los Angeles” [Negotiating pleasure in food consumption: A study on three migrant groups in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area], Cahiers de l’OCHA, n. 13, pp. 108-116. pdf preprint

8. S Sanchez, AA Casilli (2008) “Status and use of food products with health claim (FPHC) in the USA, France and Japan: An anthropological perspective”, Food Quality & Preference, vol 19, n. 8, pp. 682–691 [7].

9. AA Casilli (2005) “Les avatars bleus. Autour de trois modalités d’emprunt culturel au sein de la cyberculture” [Blue avatars. About three modalities of cultural borrowing in computer culture], Communications, n. 77, pp. 183-202 – [8] pdf.

Working papers

1. AA Casilli (2011) “Bums, Bridges, and Primates: Some Elements for a Sociology of Online Interactions”, Social Science Research Network, [11] pdf.

2. AA Casilli & P Tubaro (2011) “Why Net Censorship in Times of Political Unrest Results in More Violent Uprisings: A Social Simulation Experiment on the UK Riots”, Social Science Research Network, [12] pdf.

Articles in collective works

1. AA Casilli (2011) Usages numérique en santé : conflictualité épistémique et sociale dans les communautés de patients en ligne [Digital practices in health: epistemic and social conflictuality in online communities of patients], in Claude-Marie Laedlein-Greilsammer (dir.) Internet : des promesses pour la santé ? [Internet: promises for health?] Actes des Journée 2011 Euro Cos Humanisme et Santé, Paris, Editions de Santé, p. 181-191 pdf.

2. AA Casilli (2011) “La surveillance participative” [Participative Surveillance], Problèmes politiques et sociaux, no 988 “Contrôles et surveillances dans le cyberespace” [Monitoring and Surveillance in Cyberspace], La Documentation Française, September, p. 21.

3. AA Casilli (2011) Τα μπλε avatar : Γύρω από τις τρεις στρατηγικές πνευματικής ιδιοποίησης στην καρδιά της κυβερνοκουλτούρας [Blue avatars. About three modalities of cultural borrowing in computer culture (translated from the French by Katerina Kritzilaki)], in Efstratios Papanis (dir.) Μεθοδολογία Έρευνας και Διαδίκτυο [Research Methodology and the Internet], Athens, Ekdoseis I Sideris, p. 141-174, [13] pdf preprint.

4. AA Casilli (2011) “Le cyber-adultère” [Cyber-Adultery], Problèmes politiques et sociaux, no 984 “Internet et réseaux sociaux” [Internet and Social Networks], La Documentation Française, May, p. 39.

5. AA Casilli (2011) “Pratiquer la transdisciplinarité dans la discipline. Temporalité, territorialité et réalisme des professions scientifiques” [Practicing transdisciplinarity within the discipline. Temporality, territoriality and realism in scientific careers], in Frédéric Darbellay et Theres Paulser “Au miroir des disciplines. Réflexions sur les pratiques d’enseignement et de recherche inter- et transdisciplinaires” [In the mirror of disciplines. Reflections on inter- and trans-disciplinary teaching and research practices], Berlin, Peter Lang, 65-81. 14] pdf

6. AA Casilli (2010) “Technologies capacitantes et « disability divide » : Enjeux des usages numériques dans les situations de handicap”, [Enabling technologies and “disability divide”: Computing and disability] in Joël Gaillard (dir.), Vers la fin du handicap ? Pratiques sportives, nouveaux enjeux, nouveaux territoires [Towards the end of disability? Sports practices, new issues, new territories], Nancy, PUN, 2010, pp. 501-515. pdf preprint.

7. AA Casilli (2005) “Le débat sur le nouveau corps dans la cyberculture : le cas des Extropiens”, [The Debate on the new body in cyberculture: the Extropian case] in O. Sirost (éd.) Le Corps Extrême dans les Sociétés Occidentales, Paris : L’Harmattan, pp. 297-329 pdf preprint.

Miscellaneous information:

  • After a tesi di laurea in political economy at the Bocconi University in Milan, he earned a master’s degree in multimedia design followed by a PhD in sociology at EHESS in France.
  • Antonio A. Casilli is a member of the laboratory board of the Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Anthropologie du Contemporain (UMR8177 EHESS/CNRS) and is a reviewer for various journals in France and in the United Kingdom.
  • He is a member of the Association Française de Sociologie (AFS) [French Sociology Association] and of the Observatoire des Mondes Numériques en Sciences Humaines (OMNSH) [Observatory of Digital Worlds in Human Sciences].
  • He coordinated a special issue of the journal Communications consacré aux cultures du numérique (Seuil, May 2011). In the journal Esprit, he directed the file on “Le corps à l’épreuve du numérique” [The body put to the digital test] (April 2009).
  • Since 2012, he has had a regular spot on Radio France Culture.
  • He runs the research blog Bodyspacesociety and the Twitter watch @bodyspacesoc.