An interesting seminar at Goldsmiths (London)

What happens when Science and Technology Studies engages with the economic?

Economic Exchanges, 17th-18th September, 2015. Goldsmiths, London

We are hosting an event exploring moves by Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholars in recent years to engage with economic matters in one form or another. Through these moves, questions have been raised of economic actors and actions, value, ranking, regulation, standardisation, marketing, market devices and the nature of markets, among other areas.

At the event we will assess what STS work on ‘the economic’ could gain from an exchange with the broader STS community and vice versa. We will discuss the analytic utility of considering the economic in relation to STS research into legal and political formations, notions of embodiment, work on publics, consultation, issues and socio-technical controversies, ideas of expertise, the performative turn, and what it means to move from scientific laboratories to sites of economic innovation.

Economic Exchanges’ will form the inaugural event for the ‘Can Markets Solve Problems?’ project.
This event is free to attend. To book your place, please send an e-mail to:

The Economic Exchanges event will include keynote speakers:Franck Cochoy (Université de Toulouse II)Aluminium skis as skis of coopetition, or how to slit the fresh snow of economic sociology

heila Jasanoff  (Harvard University) – title and abstract to be confirmed

Vincent Lépinay (Sciences Po Paris) ‘Our Economy’

Fabian Munies  (CSI, Paris)‘Finance as Science, or Rather the Other Way Around’

Event schedule
Day 1 – 17th September 2015
12.00 – 13.00 Registration and lunch
13.00 – 13.15 – Introduction to MISTS (Daniel Neyland, Goldsmiths)
13.15 – 15.15 –  Session 1.
(Chair – Will Davies, Goldsmiths)
Noortje Marres (Warwick) ‘Brand or Issue? On the Mutability of Formations and the Contribution of STS’
Céline Cholez, Pascale Trompette (Université de Grenoble) ‘Trading Routes of Goods: An Ethnography of Market Infrastructure in Exchange Networks in Africa’
Sveta Milyaeva (Goldsmiths) ‘Assembling a market Intervention: The Problem of Data Protection and Growth’
Daniel Neyland (Goldsmiths) ‘An International Experiment in Mundane Economic Exchanges: Coming up with Prices in Different Places’
15.15 – 15.30 – Coffee
15.30 – 17.30 – Exchange 1: Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University) & Fabian Muniesa (CSI Paris)
17.30 – 18.30 – Drink Reception
19.00 – Dinner

Day 2 – 18th September 2015
8.30 – 9.00 – Coffee
9.00 – 11.00 – Session 2.
(Chair Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths)
Christian Frankel, José Ossandón, Trine Pallesen (Copenhagen Business School) ‘Studying the Failure and Repair of Markets for Collective Concerns’
Lilliana Doganova, Brice Laurent, Julien Merlin (CSI, Paris) ‘Resisting Capitalisation: Nickel Mining, State Control and Multinational Investment in New Caledonia’
Véra Ehrenstein (Goldsmiths) ‘Creating Consistency in Global Vaccine Markets: Contracts, Incentives, and Public Aid’
Joe Deville (Lancaster) ‘Nudging Nudge. Or, What Might Behavioural Economists and Economisers Learn from STS?’

11.00 – 11.15 – Coffee
11.15 – 13.15 – Exchange 2:  Franck Cochoy (Université de Toulouse II) & Vincent Lépinay (Sciences Po Paris)
13.15  – Lunch

For the programme and abstracts click here
For the poster click here

The event will take place in the Ben Pimlott building, no. 13 on this map.



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