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Call for outlines: Weber/ Simmel antagonisms. Staged dialogues

[Javier Hernández avisa de este evento que se ve muy bien].

Weber/ Simmel antagonisms. Staged dialogues. University of Edinburgh,10/11 December 2015. A conference organized by the Max Weber Group of the British Sociological Association & Sociology Edinburgh.

Call for outlines

Much has been said about the strong oppositions between Simmel and Weber as founding fathers of sociology – as well as about their shared concerns. Capitalism and culture, ‘worlds’ and their tensions, rationalization and objectivation, the city, music, the methodology of the social sciences and ideal types, equally exercised their thought and yielded very different creatures. But rather than merely intellectual or methodological quarrels, the antagonisms between Simmel and Weber engaged their whole way of being and acting in the world – the constantly renewed aspiration yet impossibility of reconciliation with oneself and the world, for Simmel; agonic tension, struggle with oneself and the world, for Weber. This is perhaps the reason why Weber/Simmel antagonisms have had continuity in social theory and shaped some of its major currents of thought. More importantly perhaps they spur us to be and act in the world in very different ways: hence this conference, which does not only explore these differences, but stages them. The format of the conference is inspired after the staging of the Tarde/Durkheim debate by Latour/Karsenti, but rather than recreating a real debate with prominent actors, we invite outlines for short ‘imagined dialogues’ between Weber and Simmel on topics which were addressed by both. The topics chosen should not be of merely scholarly interest but rather capture problematics mattering today. Continue reading

Scott Lash & Bruno Latour recuerdan a Ulrich Beck

El primero de enero de 2015 falleció el muy destacado sociólogo Ulrich Beck. Dos connotados compañeros de generación lo recuerdan. Scott Lash escribe en el blog de Theory, Culture and Society y Bruno Latour en ArtForum.

Sociologist defends bureaucracy from the business school. An interview with Paul du Gay

I met Paul du Gay one February morning in his office in Kilen, an amazing building of the Copenhagen Business School where the Department of Organization is located. In this podcast, du Gay revisits the different moments of his career so far. As his En elogio de la burocracia has recently been published in Spanish, the conversation takes off there, with stop overs in retailers and Consumption and Identity at work, and the puzzling notion of “cultural economy”, in order to finally land in Du Gay’s own experience as sociologist working in business schools and his current research on “what makes an organization” with Signe Vikkelsø. Many thanks to Antonio Stecher and Vicente Sisto – our critical management, identity and work experts at Estudios de la Economia– for discussing and suggesting questions for this interview. Continue reading

Nuevo Libro: “Disturbios Culturales”

Ediciones UDP acaba de publicar el volumen de entrevistas “Disturbios Culturales”, que hemos co-editado junto a Lucía Vodanovic (índice). Este es un libro de teoría cultural, no de estudios de la economía. Sin embargo toca varios asuntos que podrán ser de interés para los contribuidores y lectores de este blog. Tres ejemplos. Las entrevistas con Jeffrey Alexander, Luc Boltanski, Antoine Hennion, Brian Massumi y Trinh Minh-ha,  discuten en profundidad el giro “performativo” y los desafíos que enfrenta una perspectiva a la vez pragmática, relacional y con capacidad crítica de la vida social. Por su parte, Andrew Benjamin, Esther Leslie, Sarah Franklin, Boris Groys y Michael Hutter analizan los objetos artísticos y su valoración económica y científica. Y, finalmente, Scott Lash, Walter Mignolo y Bernard Stiegler enfrentan, desde diferentes ángulos por cierto, la pregunta por las particularidades del capitalismo contemporáneo.