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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

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“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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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

Are we witnessing the birth of a new type of economist-engineer (in charge of steering markets devised to deal with collective concerns)?

[A fines de febrero tuve la suerte de asistir a un workshop llevado a cabo en Copenhagen Business School para discutir los capítulos sobre la economía del libro An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns (AIME) de Bruno Latour, quien también participó en el taller. Para participar debíamos enviar un breve texto respondiendo o complementando alguno de los aspectos del proyecto iniciado en el libro. En este post comparto mi contribución, la que construí a partir del uso que Latour hace, de la idea propuesta por Timothy Mitchell, de que la economía es un invento reciente. A su vez, el post continúa varios de los temas que se han ido discutiendo en este blog]

Timothy Mitchell has made a thrilling suggestion: “The Economy” was not born until the mid XX century. With this he doesn’t deny, as shown for instance by Foucault in his Security, Territory and Population, that economists and political economy existed well before, but suggests that it was only in the mid XX century that the economy started to be seen as a whole that could be counted and called that way. Playing with Michel Callon’s terms, with the amazing growth of economic statistics that enabled counting, summarizing and inscribing the millions of transactions carried out in a given country, economists performed a calculable “Economy”.

The Economy described by Mitchell however does not correspond to any “economy” 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

Cientistas sociais e os especialistas em mercados: o problema do óbvio

[PS: Sorry for not writing in Spanish, but I cannot write as good as you guys. But, of course, comments in English, Spanish or French are totally ok! ] 

Durante meu trabalho de campo, me surpreendi com uma resposta que um dos analistas responsáveis por analisar fusões e aquisições de empresas me deu. Este analista é um coordenador de uma área importante da agencia de defesa da concorrência (antitruste) brasileira. O pequeno trecho abaixo ilustra esse momento em que eu estava lamentando minha incapacidade de compreender (etnograficamente) aquilo que estava acontecendo no meu campo, especialmente com relação a ideia de mercado, mas não só com relação a ela. Continue reading

“The risk in the financial system can often develop in areas that people think of dull, technical and boring”. An interview with Donald MacKenzie

engineDonald MacKenzie, sin duda uno de los más influyente sociólogos de las ciencias y figura clave en el reciente desarrollo de los estudios sociales de las finanzas es entrevistado especialmente para estudiosdelaeconomía por Javier Hernández[Interview in English, Answers in audio files].

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Question 1.Thanks very much for your time. Social Studies of Finance is a multi disciplinary field that is attracting increasing interest, especially after the recent financial crisis. What is, in your opinion, the main focus, but also your balance, of the 10 recent years of research and what are the strengths, weaknesses, or changes of focus or directions you see happening in this field? Continue reading

Sobre el derecho en acción

Existen pocos trabajos capaces de dialogar con tantas literaturas al mismo tiempo y, además, repensarlas y criticarlas con la misma intensidad. El libro de Annelise Riles, Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (The University of Chicago Press, 2011, p.295) lo hace. En este post voy a hacer algunos comentarios sobre el contenido del libro para, en una próxima contribución al blog, poder relacionarlo con los trabajos de antropología del Estado y con los estudios sociales de economía, abarcando también la manera como la autora misma se relaciona con estas literaturas. Creo que el trabajo de Riles tiene un enfoque innovador para esas áreas, que directa o indirectamente interesan a los lectores y colaboradores de este blog, además de contribuir para discusiones en el campo de  estudios socio-legales, de la teoría jurídica y de la antropología del derecho. Aunque se podría decir que el libro contiene varias tesis, trataré aquí de sólo señalar algunos argumentos que pueden instigar un diálogo provechoso o un mayor interés en el trabajo. Continue reading

Teorizando las Finanzas

Bill Maurer envía el siguiente aviso:

*Cultural Anthropology* has just launched a new *Theorizing the Contemporary * Forum – “Finance”. Guest edited by Bill Maurer, this issue features eighteen essays on topics such as risk, debt, ethics, infrastructure and more. Continue reading