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Capitalization. A Cultural Guide

Image result for Capitalization A Cultural Guide[Presses des Mines acaba de publicar el nuevo libro Capitalization. A Cultural Guide de Fabian Muniesa y 10(¡!) co-autores. El equipo incluye Álvaro Piña-Stranger, que alguna vez escribió en este blog. Muniesa explicó en español los alcances de este proyecto durante su visita a Chile en 2016. Por ejemplo en esta presentación y en esta excelente entrevista en Radio Universidad de Chile]

Capitalization. A Cultural Guide

What does it mean to turn something into capital? What does considering things as assets entail? What does the prevalence of an investor’s viewpoint require? What is this culture of valuation that asks that we capitalize on everything? How can we make sense of the traits, necessities and upshots of this pervasive cultural condition?

This book takes the reader to an ethnographic stroll down the trail of capitalization. Start-up companies, research centers, consulting firms, state enterprises, investment banks, public administrations: the territory can certainly prove strange and disorienting at first sight, with its blurred boundaries between private appropriation and public interest, economic sanity and moral breakdown, the literal and the metaphorical, the practical and the ideological. The traveler certainly requires a resolutely pragmatist attitude, and a taste for the meanders of signification. But in all the sites in which we set foot in this inquiry we recognize a recurring semiotic complex: a scenario of valuation in which things signify by virtue of their capacity to become assets in the eye of an imagined investor.
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Oficina de Pesquisa do NuCEC

workshop: Real Economy: Ethnographic Inquiries into the Reality and the Realization of Economic Life. Rio de Janeiro June 16-18

[Hablando de excelentes Workshops…. Del 16 al 18 de Junio en Rio de Janeiro de llevará a cabo “Real Economy: Ethnographic Inquiries into the Reality and the Realization of Economic Life”. Entre otros, el programa incluye a Jane I. Guyer, Benoit de l’Estoile, Alexandre Roig, Fernando Rabossi, Keith Hart, Jeanne Lazarus, Federico Neiburg, Horacio Ortiz y Caitlin Zaloom. Además los ilustres contribuidores de Estudios de la Economía: Gustavo Onto, Mariana Luzzi, Ariel Wilkis y Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra]

A Wenner-Gren workshop: Real Economy: Ethnographic Inquiries into the Reality and the Realization of Economic Life. Rio de Janeiro June 16-18

The workshop will focus on discussing the history and current construction of the ‘real economy,’ a key category in contemporary economic thinking and practices, both in the world of experts and in ordinary life. The real economy and its opposites (the virtual or fictitious economy) have become increasingly central to interpretations of the experiences of globalization, economic crises and financial fluxes, to measurements of poverty and consumption, as well as to analyses of the nature of money or the conceptualization and implementation of monetary policies. The papers to be presented at the workshop (highly diversified in terms of ethnographic settings and institutional affiliations of their authors) will allow for a profound and innovative ethnographic and comparative comprehension of the entanglements and assemblages between native modes of conceptualizing and referring to the ‘reality’ of economy life and modes of turning diverse aspects of ‘the economy’ into an observable, quantifiable and objectified reality. Continue reading

Workshop: Social Studies of the Economy in Latin America, UCL July 1

[El 1 de Julio se llevará a cabo el workshop: “Social Studies of the Economy in Latin America” en UCL-Londres. Un excelente programa lleno de contribuidores de este blog]  

In recent years there has been a renewed interest in research offering a close-up examination of economic life. In particular, ethnographic research has increasingly shed light on the multiple ways in which economy, culture and technology intersect, and in which the economy as an object is constituted and performed. Fertile inquiry has been conducted into the world of economic policy-making and expertise, the media’s role in the public economic discussion, the configuration of markets and economic subjects, the nature of economic calculation and its material devices, and the variety of economic knowledges, among other topics. This workshop will focus on the social studies of the economy in Latin America. It aspires to bring together a plurality of perspectives on the social nature of the economy in the region, and to discuss the advantages, limitations and challenges of the social studies of the economy for understanding Latin America’s political economy.

When: Friday 1st, July 2016. Where: Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL. Continue reading

Consumer Finance Research Methods Toolkit (BETA Version) available now!

[Copio este post de Erin Taylor en Charisma-Network. El post presenta el muy interesante “Consumer Finance Research Methods Toolkit”  que Erin ha preparado junto a Gawain Lynch en el contexto de su trabajo en IMTFI de la UC Irvine. Como ellos explican: el manual se enfoca en seis métodos en estudios sociales de las finanzas domésticas: etnografía, entrevistas verbales, entrevistas “object-centered”, diarios financieros, investigación digital y experimentos. Sin duda será de gran utilidad para futuros estudios en estas y otras áreas]

Consumer finance globally is undergoing a process of rapid change. With the rise of digital finance, consumers’ choices are no longer limited to products available in their place of residence. Gone are the days when our only options were local banks and moneylenders. Instead, those of us who have a digital device and Internet access can choose from an enormous array of products from all around the world. Insurance, savings, peer-to-peer lending, cryptocurrencies, and currency exchange services are just some of the services at our disposal. Even without Internet, millions of people are accessing new financial services through ordinary mobile phones. Consumer finance has gone global.

How can we understand consumer behaviour in this changing environment? Consumer choices can be difficult enough to understand at the best of times, and this explosion of product choice only promises to make our research more complex. We need to adapt our research methods to this new digital environment in order to keep abreast of how consumers make choices, what new risks they face, and what further financial services are needed. To assist researchers working in consumer finance, Gawain Lynch and I created the Consumer Finance Research Methods Toolkit for the Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) at the University of California, Irvine. This toolkit is part of the larger Consumer Finance Research Methods Project, for which we produced a provocation paper and series of blog posts outlining major issues in consumer finance today. Continue reading

Cfp_SPG23 – Perspectivas etnográficas sobre a economia

André Vereta-Nahoum y Gustavo Onto avisan:

Estimados, estamos organizando una sesión para discutir perspectivas etnográficas sobre la economía en el Encuentro Anual de la Associación Nacional de Posgrado en Ciencias Sociales de Brasil. El espacio es abierto a quienes sean estudiantes en programas de posgrado (doctorandos, masters y estudiantes de maestría). Abajo va el detalle del CfP y el plazo es 10 de Abril 2016.

SPG23  – Perspectivas etnográficas sobre a economia

Coordenação: André Vereta Nahoum (CEBRAP), Gustavo Gomes Onto (UFRJ)

O propósito deste SPG é discutir pesquisas etnográficas que se debruçam sobre fenômenos econômicos, tanto em sociologia e antropologia. Os estudos sociais da economia têm-se valido da participação observante e das etnografias resultantes como instrumentos valiosos para compreender as formas de relação da economia com outras esferas da vida social sem assumir de antemão sua primazia, sua existência ou uma certa uniformidade de comportamentos que lhe seria específica. Pensamos este seminário como uma oficina para debater trabalhos que tornem explícita a diversidade de arranjos e significados sobre a vida econômica incluindo aqueles que versem sobre formas de conhecimento econômico (local ou especializado), trocas e mercados, empresas, modos de regulação e governo da economia, formas de consumo, práticas e relações em torno do dinheiro, crédito, dívida e trabalho, entre outros. Por meio da discussão desses trabalhos, o seminário procurará considerar as vantagens, limites e desafios da perspectiva etnográfica sobre o econômico.

Link: Continue reading

Ethnography and New Money Workshop Manchester

Defesa de tese de doutorado: Gustavo Onto

[De nucec.net] Defesa de tese de doutorado – PPGAS | Museu Nacional Ficções econômicas e realidades jurídicas: uma etnografia da política de defesa da concorrência no Brasil Gustavo Onto. Na sexta-feira tem defesa de tese de doutorado de Gustavo Onto, no PPGAS. [acesse aqui o resumo:http://www.nucec.net/uploads/2/7/2/8/27281669/gustavoonto_defesatd.pdf ] [abstract here: http://www.nucec.net/uploads/2/7/2/8/27281669/abstract_gustavoonto.pdf ].

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

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/