On ethnography, collaboration and social studies of finance besides performativity. An interview with Annelise Riles

Collateral KnowledgeAnnelise Riles’s (Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell) work is characterized by an intense and productive dialogue between law and anthropology. This results in a form of research which, simultaneously, brings legal reasoning to the center of the ethnographer’s concern (as an object of social scientific investigation) and makes this same reasoning a productive tool for anthropological inquiry. In this conversation carried out right after the workshop ‘Markets for Collective Concerns?’ held last December at Copenhagen Business School, Riles discusses her latest book on her long-term ethnographic work with financial regulators and lawyers in Japan, Collateral Knowledge, and her more recent articles on collaborative research. The interview was conducted by José Ossandón and Gustavo Onto helped elaborate the questions. Continue reading

V. Montecinos y la historia de la economía en AL

La muy influyente experta en los economistas en América Latina, Verónica Montecinos (acá su conversación con Estudios de la Economía en 2011) nos envía el borrador de un artículo que será de interés para los lectores de este blog. El artículo se llama: ‘Spanish-Speaking South America: Politicised Economic Thought’, la version final fue publicada ‘Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought’, editado por Vincent Barnett, y comienza así:

“No comprehensive history of economic thought in Latin America exists, despite its long-term, weighty sway over the region’s domestic and international affairs. This chapter focuses on Spanish-speaking South America as a region whose economic and geopolitical history is distinct from that of Mexico and Central America and dissimilar from that of Brazil. References to the larger Latin American region, however, are unavoidable. Latin American professional economists, as well as their predecessors since colonial times, have often spoken with an idiosyncratic and somewhat contentious voice, being at once, integral and peripheral to evolving notions of the modernizing West. Thinkers from the region have never been too isolated from their counterparts in Europe and the United States but never fully absorbed by external influences either.” Continue reading

Invitation: Alternatives to Financialisation – 19/20 March


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Cfp_Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography: Session: Financialisation of everyday life

Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography (Oxford, 19-22 August 2015): Session: Financialisation of everyday life. Organisers: Shaun French (University of Nottingham), Karen Lai (National University of Singapore).

Increasing consumption of financial products and the growing acceptance of financial logics (particularly in the context of dwindling state-welfare benefits) are normalising risks and risk-taking behaviour in ever more areas of daily life. Changing practices of borrowing and saving are also seen in the rise of credit card and other debts, and savings being channeled into various forms of insurance and investment products rather than conventional bank deposits. However, increased anxiety and uncertainty over investments and returns may drive individuals to retreat to the safety of savings accounts, or even a rejection of financial market investments in favour of residential property. Changing state policies, new technologies on credit scoring and crowdfunding investment, and the rise of middle class consumers in developing economies are also changing the nature and impacts of financial consumption and financialised behaviour. Papers that examine the financialisation of everyday life across different dimensions could include (but are not limited to): Continue reading

Cfp_27th Annual EAEPE Conference, University of Genova, Italy, Research Area [B]: Economic Sociology

27th Annual EAEPE Conference, University of Genova, Italy, 17.-19. September 2015 (http://eaepe.org), Research Area [B]: Economic Sociology. “THE SOCIAL LOGICS OF ECONOMICS” and “ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY AND HETERODOX ECONOMICS”. By Jens Maesse and Hanno Pahl. For this year’s EAEPE Conference the research area Economic Sociology invites presentations for two sessions covering the following topics/perspectives: Continue reading

Max Planck-Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies : bourses doctorales

[http://socioeco.hypotheses.org/2050] Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo, http://www.maxpo.eu) propose des bourses doctorales en sociologie économique sous la direction d’Olivier Godechot ou de Cornelia Woll. Date limite de soumission des candidatures le 15 mars 2015. Continue reading

The Discreet Charm of Neoliberalism

Latin American Perspectives publicó el artículo postumo de Gastón Beltrán: ‘The Discreet Charm of Neoliberalism. The Paradox of Argentine Business Support of Market Reforms’. El resumen dice:

The market reforms implemented in Argentina in the early 1990s by President Carlos Saúl Menem, including privatization, market liberalization, and convertibility, were welcomed by business at the time, but it soon became apparent that they limited businessmen’s economic and political power. Strikingly, despite these unexpected effects most sectors of the business community strongly supported the economic model for almost a decade. The apparent paradox of their continuing to support a model that was causing them a great deal of harm becomes less so when it is understood that their action was a result not of a rational assessment of costs and benefits but of complex processes taking place in organizational and political contexts. Their behavior is explainable in terms of the fragmentation of the business field, business’s interpretative framework, and changes in the system of interest representation. Continue reading

Moments of Valuation Exploring Sites of Dissonance

Moments of Valuation Exploring Sites of DissonanceOxford University Press acaba de publicar Moments of Valuation. Exploring Sites of Dissonance editado por Ariane Berthoin Antal, Michael Hutter y David Stark. El libro incluye el capítulo ‘Epistemic Dissonance: Reconfiguring Valuation in Architectural Practice’ del colaborador de este blog Ignacio Farías.

Los rastros del paso de Latour por Valparaiso

La visita de Bruno Latour a Valparaiso el ultimo noviembre dejó unas muy interesantes huellas. Acá van algunas:

Video del encuentro frente al Pacifico de Latour con la comunidad de CTS-Chile (incluidos varios que además son contribuidores de este blog): 

Latour en The Clinic: http://www.theclinic.cl/2015/02/04/bruno-latour-sociologo-y-antropologo-frances-el-capitalismo-nunca-sera-subvertido-sera-aspirado-hacia-abajo/

Y esta muy fiera y entretenida entrevista por Carolina Miranda: http://www.modesofexistence.org/does-an-inquiry-into-modes-of-existence-have-a-system/


SASE/LSE 2015 Submissions Deadline Extended to February 9th!

[Aprovechando que se ha extendido el plazo para el envío de resumenes a SASE, que se llevará a cabo en Londres del 2 al de 5 Julio, recordamos de nuestra invitación a la mini-conferencia “Domesticizing Financial Economies, Part 2”. La nueva fecha límite para enviar resumenes es el 9 de febrero. Cordialmente, Joe Deville, Jeanne Lazarus, Mariana Luzzi y José Ossandón]

Domesticizing Financial Economies, Part 2 will pursue the discussions started in at the 2014 annual SASE meeting at what has now become Domesticizing Financial Economies, Part 1. We invite papers that look at specific situations of monetary transaction, credit and domestic money management. Our starting point is that the use of even the most sophisticated financial products can be understood in the light of a close empirical description of their contexts of social ties and obligations, ways of calculating, devices and informational infrastructures. The highly specific and often domestic ways that monies circulate about come to matter greatly, including but not limited to the production and reproduction of inequalities and asymmetries of power. Rather than (or as well as) seeking to understand how financial economies are “economized”, to draw on a term used by Koray Çalışkan and Michel Callon, we are thus interested in work that explores how monetary transactions are woven into the fabric of the everyday and come to be “domesticized”.

Papers with varied disciplinary backgrounds discussing the following issues are welcome: Continue reading


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