“Entrepreneurs are violent. They operate without any kind of regime of justification, they just act”. An interview with Will Davies.

Will Davies is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics at Goldsmith, University of London where he also co-directs the newly created Political Economy Research Centre, and a prolific blogger. His recently published book The Limits Of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty And The Logic Of Competition examines the efforts paid by economic and innovation experts to model society in terms of competition. In this conversation we discuss the usefulness of the concepts developed by the recent sociology of critique to study the limits of neoliberalism and how the economic critique of the state has been employed precisely to legitimate, empower and expand the state.

Introduction

Q1. TU. In the introduction of your book you mention that critics of neoliberalism will probably feel disappointed if they are expecting to find a sort of conspiracy theory being unveiled through your research. However, what your research does is to unveil the theoretical and ontological underpinning of competition and neoliberalism. But maybe I am missing part of your intentions. An introductory question: what were your initial hypotheses and/or motivations for studying competition and the rationality and authority of the neoliberal state?

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De los Chicago boys a la Berkeley mafia: entrevista con Yves Dezalay

Foto: ICSO, Universidad Diego Portales

Director emérito del CNRS y miembro del Centro de sociología europea de la EHESS, Yves Dezalay es una referencia mayúscula en el estudio de los economistas. Su obra pionera publicada en 2002 junto a Bryant Garth La internacionalización de las guerras de palacio guío la reflexión de muchos de los análisis sobre economistas y abogados a escala global y local. Tras sus investigaciones en América Latina, Dezalay estudió en profundidad estos fenómenos en varios países de Asia (más publicaciones acá). En esta conversación, llevada a cabo en Paris en mayo 2014, Dezalay hace un balance de sus hallazgos y sintetiza sus conclusiones sobre la ‘Berkeley Mafia’ y la actualidad de los economistas en la crisis de algunos países de Europa. El audio esta vez es en francés, aunque abajo van las preguntas traducidas al español.  Continue reading

Workshop: Markets for Collective Concerns? December 11th and 12th 2014, CBS.

Workshop: Markets for Collective Concerns? December 11th and 12th 2014, Copenhagen Business School.  Confirmed speakers: Daniel Breslau, Virginia Tech; Liliana Doganova & Brice Laurent, MINES ParisTech; Nicholas Gane, University of Warwick; Peter Karnøe, University of Aalborg; Philip Mirowski, University of Notre Dame; Daniel Neyland, Goldsmiths, University of London; Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, London School of Economics; Annelise Riles, Cornell University. Web site: http://www.cbs.dk/en/viden-samfundet/business-in-society/public-private/news/workshop-markets-collective-concern

Rationale

Despite the recent fall-out of finance, confidence in the market does not seem to be diminishing, but on the contrary, market mechanisms are becoming key instruments to deal with core contemporary collective concerns, including global warming and education (Mirowski 2013). This conference will be devoted to discuss the proliferation of markets that have been devised – not only to work economically – but also to solve collective issues in areas such as environmental pollution, security of supply of energy, quality of education, poverty and health care. Continue reading

Cfp_‘Thinking with Algorithms: Cognition and Computation in the Work of N. Katherine Hayles

Call for Papers: Workshop ‘Thinking with Algorithms: Cognition and Computation in the Work of N. Katherine Hayles’. Gala Theatre, Durham, 26-27 February 2015. Confirmed keynote speakers: Katherine Hayles (Duke University); Donald Mackenzie (Edinburgh University); Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths, University of London); Celia Lury (Warwick University); David Berry (Sussex University). Organisers: Prof. Louise Amoore and Dr Volha Piotukh, Geography Department, Durham University. Continue reading

“Etnografía sensorial y diseño” Sarah Pink en UDP

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Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies Contemporary Currents

Oxford University Press publicó recientemente el Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies Contemporary Currents editado por Paul S. Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan y Michael Reed. El libro es una colección de 30 capítulos, la mayoría escrito por autores que han inspirado algunas de las discusiones en este blog (como F. Cochoy, B. Czarniawska, M. Power, P. Miller) y de temas tales como Garfinkel, Luhmann, Callon, Latour, Foucault, economía de las convenciones y análisis comparado del capitalismo. Entre ellos va el capítulo: “What’s new in the ‘new, new economic sociology’ and should Organization Studies care?” de Liz McFall & José Ossandón (para los interesados una versión de borrador disponible acá). Link a tabla de contenido y capítulo de introducción: Continue reading

Celia Lury: the social is us, but is it ours?

El miércoles 15 de octubre Celia Lury dictó la charla “The ‘social’ is us how issues of ownership, privacy, trust and surveillance are being transformed” en UDP. Abajo va el video (y acá el link a la versión con el audio de la traducción simultánea) de la presentación.

Social life of Money

Princeton University Press publicó recientemente el nuevo libro de Nigel Dodd The Social Life of Money. Abajo el video con la charla inagural de Dodd en LSE presentando los argumentos del ibro y comentarios de Keith Hart.

Política, amistad y dinero. Conversación con el antropólogo Benoît de l’Estoile (CNRS/ENS, Paris). 6 de Noviembre

Política, amistad y dinero. Conversación con el antropólogo Benoît de l’Estoile (CNRS/ENS, Paris). 6 de Noviembre. Información.

The Radicalisation of Care: Practices, Politics and Infrastructures

The Radicalisation of Care: Practices, Politics and Infrastructures. November 19 & 20 2014. Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona. Organising team: Daniel López Gómez, Israel Rodríguez-Giralt & Tomás Sánchez Criado. http://radicare.net/

The concept of radicalisation is usually associated to a process by which groups or individuals come to adopt increasingly extreme or immoderate positions, ideals or aspirations. But it also speaks of the attempts at introducing fundamental or far-reaching changes in a certain area or field. Drawing on this second meaning, in this workshop we aim to explore a series of trends that lead us to think that we might be facing a process of radicalisation of care. Continue reading

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