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Camapaña biblioteca Francisca Keller

[Últimdías de campaña para recolectar apoyo para financiar la nueva biblioteca para el Programa de Antropologia Social, del Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Toda la información acá:]

Planting dreams: Harvesting books, knowledge, and diversity!  Let’s reopen the Francisca Keller Anthropology Library in the Botanical Garden together!

The fire at the National Museum destroyed the largest anthropology and human sciences bibliographical collection in South America. In addition to books, the fire destroyed a space of critical, plural and diverse intellectual coexistence: the Francisca Keller Library. Now, less than a year after the fire, we are ready to inaugurate a new library, the result of donations of thousands of books from Brazil and abroad. We have already received some 10,500 volumes and another 8,000 are on the way. We expect to reach the mark of 40 thousand books over the next three years.It’s time to put these books on the shelves and make them available to the public. Free books, to be consulted, borrowed and read. To get the books out of the boxes, to make them alive again, we need your financial support to reform the space in which the new library will be inaugurated.

With your support, it will be possible to plant the seeds of a new FKL, which will grow more ample, rich, inspiring, being integrated into the green landscape of the Botanical Garden at the Quinta da Boa Vista. This will be a library surrounded by nature, where seeds will sprout ideas, where people will germinate dialogues, where birds are heard, leaves breather, and books read and reviewed.  A cozy library, full of knowledge in a landscape composed of diverse beings. We invite you to participate in the collective financing campaign to rebuild the facilities and recover the collection of the Francisca Keller Library (FKL) of the Social Anthropology Program, the National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Research Scientist- Project MISFIRES & Market Innovation Dublin

[Aviso de Susi Geiger de posible interés]

Please allow me to share a job opportunity with you. We are currently recruiting a research scientist (2+ years of postdoctoral experience) for a three-year contract as part of my ERC project “MISFIRES & Market Innovation” at UCD Dublin. I would be extremely grateful if you could point this opportunity out to any postdocs or other colleagues who may be interested. Deadline for applications is Sept 20th. I will be at 4S next week if any of them would like to talk to me about this position. More information can be found here:


Cfp_6th Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop

6th Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop. Call for Papers. 3-5 June 2020 Grenoble. We invite contributors to submit an extended abstract of 2-3 pages (incl. references) before Friday December 20th, 2019. Proposals should indicate topic, theoretical positioning, methodology and outline findings, if appropriate. Proposals must be submitted online via the official conference website: Keynote Speakers: Marieke de Goede & Brett Christophers.

‘Flowing Markets’

Since it was set up in 2010, the Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop has become one of the main meeting places for scholars from sociology, organization studies, marketing, political science, history and geography interested in social studies of markets.  The 2020 Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop will take place at Science Po Grenoble. “At the end of each street, a mountain…” Stendhal wrote of the capital of the French Alps, a city that seeks to add to its reputation as a major research and technology centre the noble aspiration of being the next “green capital” of Europe.

The Theme

For its 6th meeting, the IMSW sets out to explore markets through the prism of the circulation of goods, people and money. The inter-play between markets, capitalism and circulation was at the heart of the first political economy theories, whether classic (the free circulation promoted by A. Smith) or critical (Marx’s value-creation through the movement of money and merchandise). The ‘great history’ of our market societies has been described as the extension and unification of heterogeneous economic spaces, from local market place to global trade (Polanyi [1944]2001), while stressing the role of the emerging class of urban capitalist merchants in controlling foreign and long distant trade and taking advantage of the international division of labor (Braudel, [1979]1992).

By exploring the routes of circulation linked to market trade, the physical movement of goods and their representations (Caliskan, 2010), the materiality (or immateriality) of transactions in process (Callon, 2018), the spatiality and temporalities of trading spaces, the political distribution of capacities on the concentration and control of flows, etc., participants are invited to address some of the classic issues stemming from the social studies of markets – valuation, qualification, market boundaries – along with broader social and political concerns such as democracy, risk, inequalities.  Such ideas remind us of the rich monographs of historians (Chagny & al., 2015; Fontaine, 2008) and anthropologists – i.e. Tsing’s mushrooms (2015), Guyer’s African currency commodities (2004), Brooks’ second-hand clothes (2015) – which describe composite chains of exchange (market and non market) and unravel the complex mechanics of valuation across heterogeneous orders of value (Zelizer, 2011). These themes also recall the numerous STS works offering fruitful insight into the infrastructure of technological zones (Barry, 2001), the classification of goods (Beckert, Musselin, 2013), the fabric of commensurability (MacKenzie, 2009; Espeland, 2001), in relation to transactions spanning/bridging various locations, scales and institutional spaces. By tracing the geopolitics of international flows – of capital (Christophers, 2013) or energy resources, finance and arms export (Mitchell, 2011) – recent works take up the issue of political power and democracy in a globalized world.

The conveners particularly invite contributions dealing with any of the following themes: Continue reading

Defesa de doutorado Viviana Fernandes


E&S special issue: Markets for collective concerns and their failures

[Luego de varios años de trabajo, finalmente acaba de salir el número especial en Economy & Society editado por Christian Frankel, José Ossandón y Trine Pallesen. El título del número es “Markets for Collective Concerns and their failures”. ‘Markets for collective concerns’ son mercados que han sido construidos como instrumentos de políticas públicas, mercados de los que se espera solucionen problemas colectivos. Los artículos estudian cómo las fallas de estos mercados, en vez de gatillar una búsqueda por otro tipo de instrumento, han permitido el surgimiento de un nuevo tipo de experto que reclama conocer cómo hacer que mercados que no funcionan funcionen. El gobierno de problemas públicos deviene evaluación, reparación y diseño de mercados. Para los interesados, free e-prints de la introducción acá y del artículo de Ossandón y Ureta acá] 

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The organization of markets for collective concerns and their failures

Christian Frankel, José Ossandón & Trine Pallesen

Problematizing markets: market failures and the government of collective concerns

José Ossandón & Sebastián Ureta

Making an exception: market design and the politics of re-regulation in the French electricity sector

Thomas Reverdy & Daniel Breslau

Carving out a domain for the market: boundary making in European environmental markets

Liliana Doganova & Brice Laurent

On the difficulties of addressing collective concerns through markets: from market devices to accountability devices

Daniel Neyland, Véra Ehrenstein & Sveta Milyaeva

On going the market one better: economic market design and the contradictions of building markets for public purposes

Edward Nik-Khah & Philip Mirowski

Mediaciones sociotécnicas en la normalización de las propinas

[Nuevo artículo de Juan Espinosa-Cristia y José Ignacio Alarcón, “Máquinas POS de TransBank y boletas: Mediaciones sociotécnicas en la normalización de las propinas”]

Máquinas POS de TransBank y boletas: Mediaciones sociotécnicas en la normalización de las propinas, en Psicoperspectivas. Individuo y Sociedad (18:2), 2019.

Juan Felipe Espinosa-Cristia & José Ignacio Alarcón


En Chile la propina se entiende como una recompensa económica que excede la cantidad establecida para pagar un servicio y generalmente se comunica durante el “servicio de mesa”. Los pagos son facilitados por un sistema ofrecido por la compañía TransBank. Este sistema permite que seis millones de chilenos usen tarjetas de débito y crédito para pagar bienes y servicios. Este estudio ofrece una lectura de la mediación técnica de los sistemas de “propinas” (punto de venta). El marco del estudio se basa en una lectura de la sociología económica y los conceptos de los enfoques Actor-Red. La investigación se realizó utilizando un enfoque etnometododiológico-sistémico para las interacciones entre clientes y garzones/as, empleando métodos de observación participante y entrevistas semiestructuradas en restaurantes y cafés ubicados en Santiago de Chile. Los resultados muestran que las tecnologías de la información como el sistema POS de TransBank y las tecnologías manuales como las facturas deben entenderse como dispositivos que normalizan no sólo la entrega sino también la cantidad de la propina, según las dimensiones organizativas e interaccionales que contextualizan el fenómeno de las propinas.

Disponible en: Continue reading

Cfp_VII Encuentro CTS-Chile 2020

Hasta el 6 de septiembre está abierto el llamado a resúmenes para el “VII Encuentro CTS-Chile 2020: Alteridades: Intervenciones y ecologías del cuidado en mundos cambiantes” que se llevará a cabo en enero en la PUC en Santiago. Algunos paneles de posible interés, son

  • Panel 17: Circuitos de extracción: fronteras de valorización/desvalorización en el cuerpo, la ciudad y el territorio. Encargados: Martín Arboleda (Universidad Diego Portales) Thomas Purcell (King’s College London).
  • Panel 18: Acelerando las transiciones energéticas: reflexiones desde los Estudios de Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad. Encargados: Tomas Ariztia (Universidad Diego Portales; NUMIES); Cecilia Ibarra (Universidad de Chile; CR2), Gustavo Blanco (Universidad Austral de Chile, NUMIES, IDEAL, CR2).
  • Panel 19: Interrogando los dispositivos y prácticas de valorización económica de objetos y problemas medioambientales. Encargado: Tomás Ariztía (Universidad Diego Portales y NUMIES)

Economic sociology, political economy, and Latin America’s capitalism. Quo vadis?

[Algunos días atrás apareció el tercer y último número de la excelente serie del European Economic Sociology Newsletter editado por Felipe Gonzáles y Aldo Madariaga (ver acá notas sobre el primer y segundo números). Entre otras muy interesantes cosas, el número incluye un reporte del encuentro sobre la vocación pública de los estudios sociales de la economía que se llevó a cabo en mayo en Rio de Janeiro]



Table of Contents

Note from the Editors:
Economic sociology, political economy, and Latin America’s capitalism. Quo vadis?

by Aldo Madariaga and Felipe González

Notes for a sociology of economies based on self-management, solidarity and work in Latin America

by Nicolás Gómez Núñez

Local resource-based growth, inequality, and state capacity

by Maritza Paredes

Bringing development back into (economic) sociology: Andrew Schrank interviewed by Felipe González and Aldo Madariaga

Conference report

The Public Vocation of the Social Studies of the Economy — La Vocación Pública de los Estudios Sociales de la Eoconomia

Book Reviews Continue reading

Cfp_Entrepreneurship and Its Challenges to Sociology ISA Forum of Sociology

[Lúcia Müller avisa del siguiente llamado. Se trata de la sesión “Entrepreneurship and Its Challenges to Sociology: Accounting for Failure, Achieving Success” que ella co-organiza en el contexto del ISA Forum of Sociology a llevarse a cabo en Porto Alegre en julio 2020]

Entrepreneurship and Its Challenges to Sociology: Accounting for Failure, Achieving Success

RC02 Economy and Society (host committee)

Language: Spanish, English and French

Session Type: Oral

Studies of entrepreneurs inform us of their challenges in launching, achieving success and even their revival from failure. Comparisons among Latin American countries find that entrepreneurs work the market, playing one lender off against another to obtain optimal loans with few encumbrances. Research in poorer communities (favelas) in Brazil indicates that while entrepreneurs receive support from government and NGOs such as foreign and religious organizations and political parties, alliances also occur with informal investors and non-law groups such as gangs. Yet at the end of the day if entrepreneurs are not successful, if they tumble do they resurrect? Does entrepreneurial spirit endure? A recent study finds that it does. Via the Internet a researcher learned how entrepreneurs accounted for their failure and what they did to restore their initiative. Information technology, by sourcing the internet, offers new methods to study entrepreneurship and to what extent it contributes to the wealth and welfare of nations.

Session Organizers: Continue reading

The Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life

Esta nota es sólo para recomendar la recién lanzada página web del The Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life’. Esté es un grupo de investigación -situado en el instituto de Sociología de la Academia Polaca de Ciencias y co-financiado por el Max Planck- conformado por los investigadores Mateusz Halawa, Marta Olcoń-Kubicka y Marcin Serafin. Además de que el trabajo de los tres es muy bueno, este grupo se ha transformado en algo así como los primos del este de Europa de los estudios sociales de la economía en América Latina (ver por ejemplo la lista de invitados en sus seminarios, acá). Ojala que sigan muchas más colaboraciones.