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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: https://imsw2020.sciencesconf.org. 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

Appel à contributions Revue Française de Sociologie “Gouverner par les marchés”

[de socioeco.hypotheses.org] Appel à contributions pour un numéro spécial de la Revue Française de Sociologie “Gouverner par les Marchés”. Coordination Scientifique: Matthieu Ansaloni (Centre Emile Durkheim, Université de Bordeaux) & Pascale Trompette (Pacte, Université Grenoble Alpes). Informations détaillées:

Les propositions de contribution (min. 1 000 mots – max. 1 500 mots, bibliographie non incluse), en français ou en anglais, devront être adressées à Christelle Germain (christelle.germain@cnrs.fr), secrétaire de rédaction, avant le 30 octobre 2015. Elles feront l’objet d’un examen conjoint par les signataires de cet appel et un représentant de la Rédaction. La notification d’acceptation sera rendue au plus tard le 30 novembre 2015. Les auteurs dont la proposition aura été retenue devront soumettre leur texte, dont la longueur ne dépassera pas 75 000 signes (espaces, bibliographie et figures compris), au plus tard le 30 avril 2016. Chaque article sera évalué indépendamment par les coordinateurs scientifiques du dossier et, de manière anonyme, par le comité de lecture de la Revue. Continue reading

Marchés contestés. Quand le marché rencontre la morale

marchés contestés[De socioeco.hypotheses un nuevo libro que podrá ser de interés para los lectores de este blog]

Marchés contestés. Quand le marché rencontre la morale. Ouvrage sous la direction de Philippe Steiner et Marie Trespeuch. Presses Universitaires du Mirail, janvier 2015

Auteurs :

Philippe Steiner et Marie Trespeuch (Dir.) ; Sébastien Roux, Sandrine Barrey, Caroline Frau, Henri Bergeron, Étienne Nouguez, Mathieu Trachman, Pauline Barraud de Lagerie, Emmanuel Kessous, Pascale Trompette.

Présentation :

La mise en marché de produits moralement sensibles, comme ceux touchant à l’intimité des personnes, à leur intégrité, à la santé ou au maintien de l’ordre public, est l’objet de cette réflexion collective qui met en regard neuf cas de « marchés contestés ». Certains de ces marchés contestés sont effectifs, comme dans le cas du tabac, de la pornographie, des jeux d’argent ou des défunts. Certains sont potentiels dans le sens où les poissons génétiquement modifiés, les données personnelles ou le cannabis sont à la recherche des moyens de rendre acceptables les transactions marchandes. D’autres, enfin, sont bannis car la marchandisation des enfants adoptés ou des organes humains reste moralement inacceptable. La tension entre les principes marchands et moraux au cœur des marchés contestés est dans chaque contribution éclairée par l’identification des formes de la contestation morale et des dispositifs juridiques, fiscaux, sanitaires, éthiques, rendant possible ou au contraire irréalisable l’édification d’un marché. La prise en compte de « populations fragiles », qu’il s’agit de protéger du marché, mais aussi de protéger par le marché, émerge dans tous les chapitres comme un élément explicatif essentiel des avancées et des reculs des marchés contestés. Continue reading

Cfp_EGOS Sub-theme 25: Devising Markets and Other Valuation Sites

Devising Markets and Other Valuation Sites. Convened by Liz McFall, Claes-Frederik Helgesson and Pascale Trompette. Invites papers exploring how markets and other valuation sites are ‘devised’ through the interaction of practices, processes and technologies. The aim is to further develop understanding of the role of knowledge and devices in shaping economies and markets in two ways.

  • First, this sub-theme will explore the dynamic practices of ‘devising’. What forms of reasoning, reflexivity and responsibility are at play and how are they distributed across markets and other sites?
  • Second, it considers how things become objects of quantification, judgement and valuation. What gets quantified, calculated, judged and valued as part of this ‘devising work’, by whom and for what purposes.

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Devising or agencing markets?

[Como parte de nuestra colaboración inter-redes publicamos este post invitado de Liz McFall conjuntamente con Charisma-Network. La nota es en inglés pero, como siempre, comentarios en español y portugués son muy bienvenidos]


Valparaiso in Chile, where Joe Deville and I were taken by Charisma folk Tomas Ariztía and José Ossandón in the summer of 2012, is built around an amphitheatre looking towards the Pacific Ocean and north towards the neighbouring hills. It is a city constantly growing towards higher land.

The urban fabric … adapting to the slopes, generates its own language: one on top of another, the buildings position themselves to ensure command over the view, the sun, and proper ventilation. The volumes climb, rotate, or hang from streets that draw any degree of horizontal elevation, or on a slope, and take over the hillsides, the banks, or the encounter of the hills with the plain.  

This geo-architecture makes for some challenging market encounters since sharp corners and steep rises constantly fracture lines of sight (as you can’t quite see in the photo). Valparaiso endures as a city with a mercantile imagination to match its history but the adaptive ingenuity of this device still fascinated me. Continue reading

Low and high finance studies after performativity: a speculative workshop report

[Como parte de nuestra colaboración inter-redes publicamos este post conjuntamente con Charisma-Network y Socializing Finance. Como siempre, comentarios – en español o inglés – son muy bienvenidos]


On June 21 and 22 I participated in the workshop “Understanding the Knitting: new methods for investigating the interactions of low and high finance” supported by The Open and Leicester universities and organized by Joe Deville, Karen D. Ho, Liz McFall, Yuval Millo and Zsuzsanna Vargha. As expected -considering the excellent line-up and the space given by the organizers for open experimental presentations -, this was a very rich, interesting and fun event. In this quite (I am sorry for that) dense text, I draw from what happened in the workshop in order to suggest a series of questions speculating about the knots knitting “low” and “high” finance and our place as finance students there. Continue reading