Tag Archives: ANT

How to write after Callon’s performativity? (final part)

[El nombre de esta sección es “artículos en cuotas”. La idea es, como en una novela por entregas, ir subiendo partes de papers a medida que vayan saliendo. El texto abajo es la tercera parte de un capítulo para el libro A Routledge Companion to ANT, editado por Anders Blok, Ignacio Farías & Celia Roberts. Las primeras dos partes están acá y acá. Una versión completa del texto en su versión actual está disponible acá]

How to write after Callon’s performativity? José Ossandón.

[Third and final instalment of chapter prepared for A Routledge Companion to ANT, edited by Anders Blok, Ignacio Farías & Celia Roberts. Draft October 2018.]

Part III. The characters

The previous section was about the research persona created with Callon’s performativity thesis. It showed that Callon used Garcia-Parpet’s case to create a new position to approach markets. This section explores work conducted after Callon. It revises work that is not set against or beyond but that follows Callon’s performativity thesis, and that, a bit like Callon did with Garcia-Parpet, has enacted different research personae. The following lines distinguish three different characters, three different sets of instructions of how to write after Callon’s performativity.

Before moving on there are two disclaimers to make. Callon’s performativity thesis has inspired thousands of papers in several sub-disciplines (Cochoy 2014, McFall & Ossandón 2014). The distinction between the three different ways of writing after Callon proposed here is informed by years of close reading of this literature, but it cannot claim to be exhaustive. The typology should be read as a tentative classificatory hypothesis. Second, it is worth mentioning that some of the questions posed here have been asked before. Inspired by Ian Hunter’s (2006) critical historical analysis of recent humanities, Du Gay (2010) identified a tension in the work of Callon and colleagues. Sometimes, this work is descriptive and empirically oriented, while other times it is populated by empirically untestable statements. Jenle (2015) picked the label Du Gay uses, the ‘theoreticist’, to characterize the stance of work informed by Callon’s performativity program. He identifies two features: ‘a primary commitment to or prioritization of the development of generally applicable conceptualizations of markets’ and ‘a lack of concern with the object of study as constituted by an empirical state of affairs’ (Jenle 2015: 216). The exercise here is certainly inspired by these discussions. It will be argued, for instance, that Callon’s theory has enabled the development of different personae and that these have different stances in relation to empirical inquiry. The point here, however, is not to evaluate whether the orientation of the performativity thesis is empiricist enough. Neither is it to identify this theory’s overall stance. The point is rather to identify the type of research personae, the implicit characters and the rules set to them, enacted with and after Callon’s approach to markets. 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/


Miquel Domènech en la UAH

Miquel Domènech

Conferencia “Investigar acerca del tele-cuidado. Aproximaciones desde la Teoría del Actor-Red”, dictada por Miquel Domènech, profesor titular del Departamento de Psicología Social de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.​ Lugar: ​Auditorio Universidad Alberto Hurtado. Fecha: Martes 7 Octubre. Hora: 18:00 hrs. Continue reading

Cfp_The Break-Up Of Management

Deadline Extended until 31 August 2014. The Break-Up Of Management. Workshop at Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, 20-21 November 2014. Co-hosted by The Critical Management Studies Research Group, Manchester Business School. Dr Damian O’Doherty, University of Manchester & Dr Helene Gad Ratner Copenhagen Business School.

Management has become an on-going matter of public controversy. Trust in management, for example, is now widely questioned in the wake of a number of recent crises and scandals taking place in both public organizations (health, education, social services) and private industries – the banking and financial services, energy, advertising, etc. The butt of comedy from Monty Python to David Brent’s ‘The Office’, management is pictured as more or less absurd and for many it will be difficult to imagine that students in higher education actively want a career in ‘management’. Does this suggest that management as a discipline or profession is currently in crisis and that we are witness to the break-up of management as we have come to understand it? At the same time, belief in the necessity of management has not disappeared and indeed appears to be unscathed: more management is typically the proposed solution to any ‘crisis’. Despite a widespread recognition that management entails unintended and unanticipated effects, it continues to marshal hope and belief in creating better and more rational organizations. In this workshop, we seek to explore these dynamics through science and technology studies (STS), actor-network theory (ANT), or critical management studies (CMS).

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Virtual attractors

Nueva publicación de Ignacio Farías en European Journal of Social Theory sugiriendo vías de retroalimentación entre la ANT y la teoría de sistemas de Luhmann. El artículo se llama: “Virtual attractors, actual assemblages. How Luhmann’s theory of communication complements actor-network theory”. Y acá va el abstract: Continue reading

VII Reunión N-Ant


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Beca doctorado CSI-E Mines Paris

Fabian Muniesa envía el siguiente aviso: “Friends and colleagues, This call for candidates for the PhD program at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, in Paris, may be of possible interest to some of your students. The call is in French (skills in that language are a requirement anyway). Please distribute widely!” Continue reading

Habemus Holberg Prize

Bruno Latour wins the 2013 Holberg Prize and Ingvild Almås wins the 2013 Nils Klim Prize Press release, 13 March 2013. The Board of the Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund has decided to award the 2013 Holberg International Memorial Prize to anthropologist and sociologist Bruno Latour. The Prize amount is NOK 4.5 million (EUR 610,000/USD 790,000). The 2013 Nils Klim Prize is awarded to Norwegian economist Ingvild Almås. The Prize amount is NOK 250,000 (EUR 34,000/USD 43,000). Chairman of the Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund, Sigmund Grønmo, announced the winners in Bergen today, 13 March. The Prize winners will receive the prizes at an award ceremony in Håkonshallen in Bergen, Norway on 5 June 2013. Continue reading

On Risk, Devices and Responsible Financial Innovation. An Interview with Yuval Millo

market_devices_coverYuval Millo has the position of Professor of Social Studies of Finance and Management Accounting at the School of Management of Leicester University. He is a leading contributor to the emerging field of Social Studies of finance (SSF), which develops a unified analytical framework that includes elements from accounting, financial economics and sociology and analyses dynamics in and around financial markets. SSF pays particular attention to the technological and organizational infrastructure that affect price formation. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, Yuval’s current research includes the emergence of electronic trading in financial exchanges (with Daniel Beunza and Juan-Pablo Pardo-Guerra, LSE), the evolution of accounting standards for testing the impairment of assets (with Andrea Mennicken, LSE) and the rise of the Social Return On Investment methodology (with Emily Barman, Boston University and Matt Hall, LSE). Continue reading

Conferencia de Francisco Tirado en Santiago

El Magíster en Psicología, Mención Psicología Social, de la Universidad Diego Portales tiene el agrado de invitar a la Conferencia Abierta dictada por el Profesor y Dr. en Psicología Social, Francisco Tirado.

Tres programas para una socio-lógica con objetos: Etnometodología, teoría del actor-red y cyborgs

VIERNES 7 DE SEPTIEMBRE a las 12.00 hrs.
Auditorio Facultad de Psicología, Vergara 275, Santiago Centro

El Dr. Francisco Tirado es Profesor Titular de Psicología Social en la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Es miembro fundador del Grup d’Estudis Socials de la Ciència i la Tecnologia (GESCIT). Sus intereses de investigación cubren tres grandes áreas: a) Estudios Sociales de Ciencia y Tecnología, b) relaciones de poder y acción política en nuevos contextos sociotécnicos; c) biopolítica y medicina. Entre sus publicaciones más recientes destacan: ” Teoría del actor-red. Más allá de los estudios de ciencia y tecnología” (Tirado, F. y López, D. 2012); “¿Tienen Los Artefactos Técnicos Afectividad?: Regímenes de Compromiso y Teleasistencia en España” (Tirado, F. y Domènech, M. 2012); y “Los objetos y el acontecimiento. Teoría de la socialidad mínima” (Tirado, F. 2011).