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Fourth Annual Cultural Political Economy Workshop

The Fourth Cultural Political Economy Workshop, Cultural Political Economy Research Centre (CPERC), Lancaster University. Theme: Cultural Political Economy of Finance, Debt and Crisis. Date: 22 May 2014 (Thursday), Place: Charles Carter A18, Lancaster University. Details below. Continue reading

Número especial revista Desacatos: “Las deudas de los oprimidos en el imperio de la liquidez”

forros44[Magdalena Villarreal envía la siguiente nota contando del muy interesante número especial de la revista Desacatos que ella coordinó. El número se titula “Las deudas de los oprimidos en el imperio de la liquidez” que incluye además una reseña de Ariel Wilkis del libro de Jeanne Lazarus y otra de Fernando Rabossi contando de la muy pionera etnografía de las finanzas realizada en 1993 por Lucía Alves Müller. ]

La crisis que azota buena parte del globo es tema de constante preocupación en diversos sectores. En ésta —aunque no únicamente debido a ella— el endeudamiento y el sobreendeudamiento han mostrado sus múltiples caras. Sabemos, como se informa cotidianamente en los medios de comunicación, que afecta tanto a países primermundistas como a los considerados subdesarrollados y a todos los sectores sociales. Sin embargo, las maneras en que impacta a las poblaciones de bajos recursos tienden a estimarse con base en caracterizaciones estereotipadas de los pobres, quienes se presumen financieramente inactivos. Continue reading

Cultural Anthropology, neoliberal futures and bricks

Tres buenas noticias del journal Cultural Anthropology: (1) desde el número de febrero 2014 será totalmente “open access”; (2) el tema del número es ‘neoliberal futures’; (3) e incluye el artículo ‘Ecologies of Investment: Crisis Histories and Brick Futures in Argentina’ del contribuidor de Estudios de la Economía Nicholas D’Avella. Continue reading

Cfp_The Financial Crisis – Failing to Learn and Learning to Fail?

Final conference of COST Action IS0 902. System Risk, Financial Crisis and Credit. Harokopio University, Athens 13-15 March 2014. Call for papers. The Financial Crisis – Failing to Learn and Learning to Fail?. Confirmed participants:  Karel Williams, Marieke de Goede, Annelise Riles, Gustav Peebles, Paul Langley, Ewald Engelen, Sokratis Koniordos, Ute Tellmann, Andreas Langenohl, Angus Cameron, Nicky Marsh, Chris Clarke, Oliver Kessler, Brigitte Young, Anastasia Nesvetailova, Daniel Mügge, Gerhard Hanappi, Marco Raberto, Jan Drahokoupil, Christoph Scherrer, Charles Dannreuther, Nina Boy, Anthony Amicelle, Amin Samman, Daniela Gabor and more. Continue reading

Mirowski y sus lecturas sobre neo-liberalismo

Dos muy recomendables posts de nuestro entrevistado de junio, Philip Mirowski, sobre el neoliberalismo. El primero reseña críticamente algunos libros recientes sobre el tema (Public Books) y el segundo resume, en 13 mandamientos, los postulados de su último libro (The Utopian). De muestra, la siguiente cita:

“With regard to the crisis, one wing of neoliberals has appealed to natural science concepts of “complexity” to suggest that markets transcend the very possibility of management of systemic risk.However, the presumed relationship of the market to nature tends to be substantially different under neoliberalism than under standard neoclassical theory. In brief, neoclassical theory has a far more static conception of market ontology than do the neoliberals. In neoclassical economics, many theoretical accounts portray the market as somehow susceptible to “incompleteness” or “failure,” generally due to unexplained natural attributes of the commodities traded: these are retailed under the rubric of “externalities,” “incomplete markets,” or other “failures.” Neoliberals conventionally reject all such recourse to defects or glitches, in favor of a narrative where evolution and/or “spontaneous order” brings the market to ever more complex states of self-realization, which may escape the ken of mere humans.  Continue reading

Cfp_ISA_2014_Global Perspectives on Financialization

Pegamos de socfinance este llamado a contribuciones que podrá ser de interés de los lectores de este blog:

Global Perspectives on Financialization

There is nothing like a good crisis to concentrate one’s attention, and sociologists are no different in this regard. Since the last World Congress, there has been a flourishing of empirical research in the subfield of sociology of finance, most of it focused on the causes and consequences of the seizure of international financial markets in 2006-7, and the ongoing political economic oscillations in the Euro-zone. Reflecting these twin and interrelated crises (and a northern-bias in our discipline), most of this empirical research has been conducted in the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union. This is understandable, but short sighted. Such scholarship tends to neglect ties between north and south within financial markets and organizations, as well as neglect unique processes found in the south. Moreover, research on financialization in the north tends to make unverified covering law statements regarding financialization in the south. This panel seeks to initiate a correction to this state of affairs. This call for papers solicits empirical research engaged with sociological theory that takes place in financial markets, organizations, or institutions outside of the United States and European Union. Research conducted in the global north is also welcome, as long as the paper’s focus is on interlinkages with the global south. Proposals should theorize from empirical work, and therefore should indicate the paper’s methodology, data, and argument. Continue reading

“Facebook teaches you how to be a neoliberal agent”. An interview with Philip Mirowski

Never_Let_a_Serious_Crisis_Go_to_Waste_300dpi_CMYK_VERSO_SITEPhil Mirowski is an historian of science and philosopher of economic thought at the University of Notre Dame. He has extensively written about economic and scientific knowledge, neoliberalism, and the current financial crisis, among other topics. He visited Cambridge last June to speak at the ECONPUBLIC workshop “Economic reason: intellectuals and think tanks in the late twenty century”, and I took this opportunity to interview him. Our conversation took place on June 27 in the backyard of the hotel where Mirowski was staying in the outskirts of Cambridge. The interview touches upon many topics of possible interest for readers (and listeners) of this blog, including the particular conception of markets in neoliberal economics, Hayek, anti public intellectuals, and a harsh criticism to the performativity thesis in finance studies. Many thanks to Tiago Mata and José Ossandón for helpful suggestions in preparing this interview.

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Where Do Neoliberals Go After the Market?

Will Davies nos avisa de la siguiente conferencia:

Where Do Neoliberals Go After the Market? – A one day conference, 13th June. University of Warwick. 10am-6.30pm. Room S0.21.

Neoliberalism is commonly identified as a belief in the self-regulating powers of markets, especially financial markets. Markets, from this perspective, are powerful information-processors, which are uniquely capable of governing complex societies while preserving liberty. In recent decades, financial institutions have added further computational power, which, among other things, has led to the automation of trading and the calculation and simulation of market scenarios to manage risk. The financial crisis has been perceived by some as the outcome of this collision between markets and increasingly ‘performative’ economics. Continue reading

On valuing networks and dissonance. An interview with David Stark

David Stark is Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University where he directs the Center on Organizational Innovation. His most recent book, The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life, was published by Princeton University Press in 2009. In this interview, we talked about epistemology, economic sociology, music and dissonance at the European University Institute, where David spent some time as Fernand Braudel Fellow in May 2012. Here I reproduce some highlights of that conversation. Continue reading

N. Fligstein y la crisis financiera

Ignacio Farías nos hace llegar este video con Neil Fligstein dando la charla titulada: “The Spread of the Wordlwide financial crisis” en el Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB):