CfP: New Economic Sociology and Sociology: Where Do They Meet? Where Do They Diverge? 

Workshops: Bringing The New Economic Sociology Back Into the Sociological Analysis, Warsaw, 22-23 May 2017. Submission of extended abstract – 1,000 words: 10 December 2016.

Economic sociology got established as an approach to economic phenomena with the tools of sociology. This was relaunched in the 1980s in close association with the thesis of social embeddedness of economic action, and it continues to flourish and develop ever since. Hence, the embeddedness theoretical foundation was supplemented with other strong assumptions regarding power, institutions, social networks, as well as uncertainty, unintended consequences and fictional expectations. While, in addition to the US branch of new economic sociology, other related schools soon came along, such as the distinct European platforms. The sociological dimension of new economic sociology notwithstanding, it is also observable, especially in the case of the generic European approach, that this is rather loosely coupled with sociology. New economic sociology makes use of sociological concepts and theories in addressing economic phenomena. But it directs this framing mainly towards economics, theory of organizations, new institutionalism and the study of social networks. This brings a sociological or sociologically informed perspective on economic phenomena to the attention of these disciplines. Yet it rarely uses insights gained by new economic sociology in order to build a bridge to, reinterpret or update the traditional or contemporary sociological framings. This state of affairs leads to the situation that even though new economic sociology builds on sociology, and it is presented as a sub-field of it, this also runs the risk of diverting from sociology, and of becoming a new sociology altogether.

In line with these observable trends, the Workshop aims to inquire whether this trend towards loose coupling, and even decoupling, is universal or rather particular to specific branches of new economic sociology? What elements determine whether new economic sociology and sociology appear as more or less coupled/decoupled? How is the tricky relation between new economic sociology and sociology probable to develop? What can sociology learn from new economic sociology? How to bring new economic sociology back into the sociological explanations? The Workshop invites papers related to the following themes: Continue reading

Elizabeth Shove “Consumo sostenible y teoría de las prácticas: un nuevo paradigma” 22 de nov. UDP

22 de Nov. ELIZABETH SHOVE “Consumo Sostenible y Teoría de las Prácticas: Un Nuevo Paradigma”Este 22 de Noviembre, la docente e investigadora Elizabeth Shove visitará Chile, invitada por NUMIES ( Núcleo Milenio de Investigación en Energía y Sociedad) dictará una conferencia titulada “Consumo Sostenible y Teoría de las Prácticas: Un Nuevo Paradigma”. Elizabeth Shove, es académica de la Universidad de Lancaster y directora de DEMAND Centre y hará una descripción general de su trabajo, principalmente, sobre la teoría de las prácticas sociales y su uso, abordando el consumo sostenible más allá de las visiones tradicionales. La profesora Shove es un referente mundial en la sociología del consumo y los estudios de ciencia, tecnología y sociedad, ámbitos desde los cuales ha contribuido a aproximarse creativamente a los desafíos urgentes impuestos por el cambio climático y la crisis medioambiental. Sus trabajos y teorías sobre consumo sustentable han sido ampliamente leídos, estudiados y utilizados en todo el mundo facilitando el desarrollo de nuevas políticas públicas en relación al uso eficiente de energía y recursos naturales. Continue reading

Seminars with Keith Tribe

Image result for the economy of the wordKeith Tribe will be visiting CBS in November where he will give two seminars jointly organized by the CBS Public-Private Platform’s cluster on Market and Valuation and the research programme ‘Office as a Vocation’.  On November 23rd, the title of the seminar will be “The history of concepts as a method to study the economy and markets”. On November 24th, the title of the seminar will be “Max Weber’s Lecture: Science as a Vocation”.

Keith Tribe

Keith Tribe has a long-standing interest in conceptual and economic history, language and translation as well as an interest in the work of Max Weber. In April 2015, he published the book The Economy of the Word: Language, History, and Economics with Oxford University Press and is currently working on a new translation of Max Weber’s Economy and Society for Harvard University Press. Keith Tribe has also played a huge role in the dissemination and translation of the work of Wilhelm Hennis and Reinhart Koselleck to English speaking academic circles.

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Conferencia COES-LSE 2016 Santiago, 2-4 de Noviembre 2016

Michèle Lamont, Ben Ross Schneider, Mike Savage y Abdou Maliq Simone entre las y los distinguidos ponentes en la conferencia Desigualdades del proyecto COES en curso estos días en la Universidad de Chile. El programa disponible acá: http://www.coes-conference.cl/programa/.

 

PostDoc position in sustainable development and renewable energy in Santiago de Chile

Joint Postdoctoral Research Position at the Institute for Public Policy, Universidad Diego Portales, and at the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) based at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile

The Institute for Public Policy (Faculty of Economics and Business) at the Universidad Diego Portales, the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) based at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile invite applications from economists (or related fields in the social sciences) for a joint postdoctoral research position in the area of sustainable development. Both the Institute for Public Policy and the Solar Energy Research Center are looking to strengthen their research in subjects related to public policy for sustainable development, particularly in areas that relate to policy incentives and regulatory barriers pertaining to the development of alternative energy sectors in Chile. Specific subjects of interest include: energy economics, green economy, sustainable productive development and related fields. Continue reading

Marx on the performativity of economics

“These laws, which A. Smith, Say, and Ricardo, have developed, these laws grow more true, more exact, then cease to be mere abstractions, in the same measure in which Free Trade is carried out…Thus it can justly be said, that the economists – Ricardo and others- know more about society as it will be, than about society as it is. If you wish to read in the book of the future, open Smith, Say, Ricardo” (Karl Marx ‘Speech on Free Trade’, Northern Star, 9 October 1847, quoted in Keith Tribe (2015), The Economy of the Word, Oxford University Press, 171).

Cfp_ Estados de energía: Explorando los aspectos sociales e históricos de la regulación pública de la electricidad

Llamado a presentar ponencias: Estados de energía: Explorando los aspectos sociales e históricos de la regulación pública de la electricidad. Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile, Abril 27-28, 2017. Expositores invitados:  Profesor David E. Nye, University of Southern Denmark, Dinamarca; Profesor Dominic Boyer, Department of Anthropology & Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS), Rice University, Estados Unidos. Organizadores: Sebastián Ureta y Mónica Humeres, Departamento de Sociología, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile

Desde el comienzo de su producción industrial a fines del siglo XIX, la electricidad se convirtió en objeto de múltiples iniciativas regulatorias. Inicialmente impulsada por privados, la regulación de la producción, distribución y consumo de la electricidad rápidamente devino en foco de interés y acción prioritario del Estado. Especialmente después de que la electricidad se convirtiera en la principal fuente de energía de una amplia gama de procesos sociales, los Estados nacionales fueron desarrollando arreglos sociotécnicos crecientemente sofisticados con el objetivo de controlar su desarrollo. Como resultado la energía eléctrica se convirtió en un componente clave de variados proyectos gubernamentales, desde la incorporación de la disponibilidad universal de electricidad a nociones de bienestar social hasta la visión neoliberal de la energía como un bien intrínsecamente privado. Continue reading

Cfp_Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders

[Bernardo Batiz-Lazo nos avisa del siguiente llamado]

Call for Papers: Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders April 6-8, 2017

We invite submissions and proposals for a conference called “The Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders,” to be hosted at Stevens Institute of Technology on April 6-8, 2017.  This meeting will build upon the discussions and community formed in the wake of activities in 2016, including the first Maintainers Conference at Stevens in 2016, an article that appeared in Aeon, and blogs and discussions launched at http://themaintainers.org/blog/.

Recent scholarship on technology has too often fetishized material things and their thinginess, and excluded any consideration of the humans who make those things work. The purpose of Maintainers II is to write humans back into stories of technology, as a way to highlight social inequalities, racial and ethnic disparities, and the structural maldistribution of the fruits of technological progress. To do so, we build on a long tradition of the study of maintenance that spreads across disciplines, from historians such as Ruth Schwartz Cowan and David Edgerton to social scientists such as Lucy Suchman and Craig Henke.

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Felipe González en The Clinic

[The Clinic ha publicado una entrevista con Felipe González titulada: “Investigador de deudas educacionales: “El endeudamiento es una condena”. La nota comienza así: ]

“Empezó a estudiar a los deudores para su Doctorado en Sociología y ahora se dedica de lleno a investigar créditos universitarios, intentando construir el primer perfil del deudor educacional de nuestro país. Felipe González, académico de la Universidad Central y adherente al movimiento “Deuda Educativa”, caracteriza por primera vez a los encalillados por estudiar. “Cuando te endeudas, esclavizas a toda tu generación de jóvenes. ¿Quién va a querer ser escritor, poeta o músico si tu mayor preocupación es que no te embarguen la casa? Ahí mataste la cultura”, dice.” Continue reading

Free access to Review Symposium on the Provoked economy

[Tomamos esta noticia del sitio del Journal of Cultural Economy]

Journal of Cultural Economy is very pleased to be able to provide Free Access to a Review Symposium on Fabian Muniesa’s recent work The Provoked Economy: Economic Reality and the Performative Turn. The symposium features detailed Review Essays by Aaron Pitluck, Alberto Toscano, José Ossandón & Trine Pallesen, and a response by Muniesa.

Here follows some extracts of each, as well as links to the pieces in full. Continue reading