The Trace Odyssey 1

A Journey Beyond Appearances

Volume 4 - Traces SET Coordinated by Sylvie Leleu-Merviel

The Trace Odyssey 1

Béatrice Galinon-Mélénec, Normandy University Le Havre, France

ISBN : 9781786305510

Publication Date : March 2021

Hardcover 198 pp

165.00 USD



Whether it is to look to the past in search of their origins, analyze their present activity, particularly digital, or to think about the effects of their actions on the future, 21st century humans regularly question their “traces”. Collective questions and technical progress offer new resources which, in turn, raise the problems of traces.

In order to reveal the difficulties posed by the unanalyzed trace, this book proposes a journey through different contexts. Along the way, intellectuals (including Bateson, Barthes, Bourdieu, Derrida, Goffman, Peirce, Ricoeur, Varela, Thompson, Watsuji and Watzlawick) and trace professionals (such as police officers or computer scientists) shed light on the background to this veritable odyssey.

This didactic book presents a contemporary exploration of the fundamental nature of the trace via the new French paradigm of the “Ichnos-Anthropos” (“Homme-trace”) and its corollary, the “corps-trace”.


1. Beyond the Triviality of the Trace.
2. Gateway to the Digital World.
3. The Lettrure from Yesterday to Today.
4. Understanding Traces with Forensic Science.
5. A Complex Dynamic Process.

About the authors/editors

Béatrice Galinon-Mélénec is an Emeritus Professor in Information and Communication Sciences at Normandy University Le Havre, France, and research director at the CNRS-IDEES 6266 laboratory. She founded and co-directs the e-Laboratory on Human Trace in the UniTwin UNESCO Complex Systems Digital Campus.