Archive for January, 2010


19 January 2010

Richard Grusin’s account of Bruno Latour’s talk, chaired by Isabelle Stengers, at “The Large, The Small, and the Human Mind” conference last week, as part of the Swiss Biennial on Science, Technics + Aesthetics in Lucerne.

Deleuze and Speculative Realism

18 January 2010

It would sure be interesting to explore further the confluence of Deleuze and Latour,  and the eddies they create in object-oriented philosophy. If you feel inspired to contribute, see this call for papers by Deleuze International (hat tip to Object-Oriented Philosophy and Speculative Heresy).

The Nature of Technology

16 January 2010

Speaking of journals and technology, the special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics on the question concerning technology has now been published and it is apparently freely available for a month (hat tip to Object-Oriented Philosophy). It is set to become a definitive point of reference on how technology matters for the social sciences, given the comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of the problem provided by some of the most interesting people working on the subject (or shall we say object). This also explains the conundrum of why an economics journal had commissioned a philosopher (Graham Harman) to write an article about Heidegger’s take on technology, which really intrigued me at the time. Here are my initial ruminations on Harman’s article from May 2009. Needless to say, this Cambridge J. Econ. special issue is very close to the ANTHEM focus, namely the overlap and communication between Heideggerian, STS, and economic approaches to the question of technology.

Here is the list of articles and contributors:

The Nature of Technology

Philip Faulkner, Clive Lawson, and Jochen Runde: Theorising technology

Philosophy of technology

Graham Harman: Technology, objects and things in Heidegger

Albert Borgmann: Reality and technology

Andrew Feenberg: Marxism and the critique of social rationality: from surplus value to the politics of technology

Peter Kroes: Engineering and the dual nature of technical artefacts

Wiebe E. Bijker: How is technology made?—That is the question!

Trevor Pinch: On making infrastructure visible: putting the non-humans to rights

Tim Ingold: The textility of making

Marcia-Anne Dobres: Archaeologies of technology

Robert Aunger: What’s special about human technology?

Wanda J. Orlikowski: The sociomateriality of organisational life: considering technology in management research

Judy Wajcman: Feminist theories of technology

Technology and Economics

J. Stan Metcalfe: Technology and economic theory

Giovanni Dosi and Marco Grazzi: On the nature of technologies: knowledge, procedures, artifacts and production inputs

Carlota Perez: Technological revolutions and techno-economic paradigms

Tony Smith: Technological change in Capitalism: some Marxian themes

Anne Mayhew: Clarence Ayres, technology, pragmatism and progress

What is Technology?

15 January 2010

A call for papers with a proper question: “What is Technology?” – Theory, History, Ontology, by the International Social Science Journal (ISSJ).

Reposing the Heideggerean question of Being and techné, this volume of the International Social Science Journal aspires to again ask “what is technology?” and interrogate the effects of technology on subjectivity, psyche and the body. We ask how the technological infiltrates and shapes social facts and problematize the long-standing distinction between nature and techné. How are post-modern subjectivities interpolated by the technological and how is the very notion of the human called into question in light of advances in science and technology?

Moreover, this issue will seek to telescope the very possibility of an ethics of science and technology and the philosophical grounds for such an ethics in an age bereft of all narratives of transcendence. Themes to be engaged include:

1. History/Theory

2. The post-human/trans-human/cyborgs

3. Cybernetics, Nanotechnology, and Converging Technologies

4. Language, Culture, Subjectivity

Contributions can emerge from any discipline and theoretical orientation.

Please send abstracts and queries to S. Romi Mukherjee by 28 February 2010. Final articles expected for July 2010. E-mail:

Governance, Accountability and Innovation

8 January 2010

InSIS at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School is launching a seminar series in 2010 on the topic of “Governance, Accountability and Innovation,” exploring markets, infrastructures, devices and governance. Here is the schedule so far:

Tuesday 19 January 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Yuval Millo, Department of Accounting, London School of Economics
“Accounting for liquidity supply: The constitution of the options market maker”

Tuesday 26 January 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm

Tuesday 2 February 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Dariusz Wojcik, Department of Geography, University of Oxford
Securitisation and its footprint: an economic geography of financial markets

Tuesday 9 February 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Peter Karnøe, Copenhagen Business School

Tuesday 16 February 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Barbara Harriss-White, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
“Rural capitalism in a democratically elected communist state: how to study markets for basic wage goods – the case of food in West Bengal”

Tuesday 23 February 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Gisa Weszkalnys, Department of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter

Tuesday 2 March 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Eve Chiapello, HEC, Paris
“Accounting at the heart of the performativity of Economics”

Tuesday 9 March 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Jonathan Michie, Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford
“Markets and corporate ownership structures”

Sloterdijk in English

3 January 2010

A nice bibliography of Peter Sloterdijk’s work in English with links, from Sean Sturm.