Antoine Maillet reseña y discute A quoi sert un économiste de Mariana Heredia

M. Heredia Cover[La categoría “debate” es una sección dedicada a discutir a partir de libros publicados por los contribuidores de Estudios de la Economía. En este post Antoine Maillet comenta A quoi sert un économiste. Enquête sur les nouvelles technologies de gouvernement de Mariana Heredia (La Découverte 2014). El debate a partir de este libro seguirá en unas semanas con una entrada de Gustavo Onto y una respuesta a Maillet y Onto por Mariana Heredia]

“De qué sirve un economista”, es lo que busca mostrarnos Mariana Heredia en un libro publicado este año en Francia. No es una pregunta, sino una demostración, que hay que considerar en conjunto con el subtítulo, que apunta más allá de esta profesión, para considerar una transformación de mayor índole, que afectaría las “tecnologías de gobierno”[1]. El libro está dividido en dos partes que cubren estos dos propósitos. Continue reading

Mini-conference report: Domesticizing Financial Economies, SASE, Chicago

[Mariana Luzzi, Jeanne Lazarus y José Ossandón reflexionan sobre la mini-conferencia que organizaron en la última convención de SASE en Chicago. El eventó contó además con la participación de los colaboradores de EdlE, Magdalena Villarreal y Felipe González. La nota es en inglés pero, como siempre, comentarios en español y portugués son muy bienvenidos. Como parte de nuestra colaboración inter-redes publicamos este post conjuntamente con Charisma-Network]

We had the pleasure of co-organizing the mini-conference ‘Domesticizing Financial Economies: Knitting Fibers of Transaction, Algorithm, and Exchange’ which was part of the annual convention of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics held in Chicago last July. We use this post to process some of the many elements discussed during the five sessions of the event. We will not attempt to summarize all the presentations (click here to see the full program), but we will focus instead on two more general issues taken from the papers and discussions that we believe extend the scope of the already rich existing research on social studies of credit and everyday money management.

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Consumo y Política: Nuevas Miradas a la Historia de Chile

El Magíster en Historia de Chile Contemporánonameneo tiene el agrado de invitar a la charla ‘Consumo y Política: Nuevas Miradas a la Historia de Chile’ que será dictada por Heidi Tinsman, Directora de Estudios Pos-Graduados en Historia, Universidad California, Irvine. La académica presentará los resultados de su último libro Buying into the Regime, centrado en la situación de las trabajadoras asociadas a la producción de uva durante la Dictadura, así como en las tensiones existentes entre la transformación neoliberal de la economía chilena y las relaciones internacionales del régimen, marcadas por la crítica a la violación de los Derechos Humanos en el país. Jueves 4 de septiembre / 19:00 horas Continue reading

Call for applications for a faculty position The Center for Research in Social Complexity – Universidad del Desarrollo

The Center for Research in Social Complexity – Universidad del Desarrollo, open a call for applications for a faculty position that offers you: total freedom in conducting your research agenda; a creative, intellectually stimulating, and friendly work environment; multidisciplinary collaboration with leading researchers in Chile and worldwide; a competitive salary. Our center is unique among all social sciences research centers in Latin America. Our research spans the themes of all social and behavioral sciences, and is both theoretical and empirical. Its common thread is the use of the analytical tools of economics and the natural sciences. Continue reading

WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship – Call for Applications

Ignacio Farías circula el siguiente mensaje y agrega “adjunta una gran oportunidad para realizar una estancia de investigación en el WZB Berlin Social Science Center durante el 2015.”

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center are proud to announce the second call for applications for a WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship. The fellowship enables an outstanding postdoctoral researcher from a developing country to spend four to six months in 2015 at the WZB to conduct research. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2014. Please find more information attached WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship_Call 2014_Flyer) – and feel free to circulate this information among your networks. Thank you in advance.

Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society in Latin America

9780262526203Eden Medina avisa de este nuevo libro que seguro será de interés para los lectores de este blog. Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society in Latin America. Edited by Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes. Foreword by Marcos Cueto. MIT Press, 2014, 396 pp. Entre los autores está el contribuidor de EdlE Manuel Tironi.

The essays in this volume study the creation, adaptation, and use of science and technology in Latin America. They challenge the view that scientific ideas and technology travel unchanged from the global North to the global South — the view of technology as “imported magic.” They describe not only alternate pathways for innovation, invention, and discovery but also how ideas and technologies circulate in Latin American contexts and transnationally. The contributors’ explorations of these issues, and their examination of specific Latin American experiences with science and technology, offer a broader, more nuanced understanding of how science, technology, politics, and power interact in the past and present. The essays in this book use methods from history and the social sciences to investigate forms of local creation and use of technologies Continue reading

Rendición de Cuentas, Managerialismo y Práctica Local. Algunas pistas para su análisis.

El siguiente texto sistematiza algunas propuestas y reflexiones en torno al análisis de los sistemas de rendición de cuentas como prácticas, actuando y siendo actuados a nivel local. Es así que recoge algunos elementos ya desplegados tanto en Estudios de la Economía, en el post Apuntes para el Estudio de la Acción Local de los Instrumentos de Gobierno, como en el artículo recientemente publicado La Etnografía de Dispositivos como herramienta de análisis y el estudio del managerialismo como práctica local. Cabe destacar que el escrito que aquí se presenta fue pronunciado como conferencia en el panel de cierre del X Seminario Internacional de la Red Latinoamericana de Estudios en Trabajo Docente (ESTRADO), celebrado recientemente en Salvador de Bahía (Brasil).  Continue reading

Cfp_The Break-Up Of Management

Deadline Extended until 31 August 2014. The Break-Up Of Management. Workshop at Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, 20-21 November 2014. Co-hosted by The Critical Management Studies Research Group, Manchester Business School. Dr Damian O’Doherty, University of Manchester & Dr Helene Gad Ratner Copenhagen Business School.

Management has become an on-going matter of public controversy. Trust in management, for example, is now widely questioned in the wake of a number of recent crises and scandals taking place in both public organizations (health, education, social services) and private industries – the banking and financial services, energy, advertising, etc. The butt of comedy from Monty Python to David Brent’s ‘The Office’, management is pictured as more or less absurd and for many it will be difficult to imagine that students in higher education actively want a career in ‘management’. Does this suggest that management as a discipline or profession is currently in crisis and that we are witness to the break-up of management as we have come to understand it? At the same time, belief in the necessity of management has not disappeared and indeed appears to be unscathed: more management is typically the proposed solution to any ‘crisis’. Despite a widespread recognition that management entails unintended and unanticipated effects, it continues to marshal hope and belief in creating better and more rational organizations. In this workshop, we seek to explore these dynamics through science and technology studies (STS), actor-network theory (ANT), or critical management studies (CMS).

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Dos plazas abiertas en Ciencia Política PUC en Santiago de Chile

El Instituto de Ciencia Política de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (ICP UC) hace un llamado a concurso abierto internacional para llenar dos cargos de la planta ordinaria (tenure-track) de jornada completa como Profesor Asistente en Relaciones Internacionales. Esta convocatoría concibe la subárea de Relaciones Internacionales de manera amplia, por lo que incluye: Estudios Globales, Estudios de Seguridad, Derecho Internacional, Economía Política Internacional y Desarrollo. Son además bienvenidos postulantes con diversos focos regionales además de latinoamerica. Continue reading

Trials and Tribulations in Economics: New directions for economic policy evidence.

Trials and Tribulations in Economics: New directions for economic policy evidence. 10am-6pm. 26th September 2014. Goldsmiths, University of London. Economics and economists have a long history of providing a scientific basis or justification for public policy decisions. Concepts derived from welfare economics, such as ‘market failure’, have provided a language through which politicians and government officials can understand where and why the state might (and might not) intervene in market processes. The efficiency of potential regulation can be tested through the use of models, based on neo-classical assumptions. However, events such as the financial crisis have thrown a renewed scepticism upon the capacity of orthodox economic theories to adequately model situations. At the same time, a new empiricism has emerged, which makes a bold appeal to data and field trials, which are purportedly less cluttered by normative assumptions about causality and probability. ‘Big Data’ and randomised controlled trials are at the forefront of new efforts to probe economic activity, in search of policies which ‘work’. The distinction between ‘model’ and ‘reality’ is abandoned, and the economy becomes treated as a zone of experimentation and data-mining, such that behavioural patterns can be discerned. This, the third seminar in the ESRC Spaces of Evidence seminar series, will explore the implications of these new directions in economic evidence, and ask what they mean for the authority of public policy, how they reconfigure expertise, and what types of epistemological and political assumptions they conceal. The speakers are: Continue reading

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