Posts Tagged ‘Saïd Business School’

The technology and politics of evaluation

25 May 2011

Another exciting event from the laboratory of inSIS at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford:

How’s my feedback? The technology and politics of evaluation

Tuesday, 28 June 2011, 9:00-17:00

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

There is hardly anything that is not being evaluated on the web these days. Books, dishwashers, lawyers, teachers, health services, ex-boyfriends, haircuts, prostitutes and websites are just some examples targeted by novel review, rating and ranking schemes.

Used in an increasing number of areas, these schemes facilitate public assessment by soliciting and aggregating feedback and distributing it as comments, ranks, scales and stories. So how are we to judge the effectiveness of these schemes? What modes of governance are implicated in their operation? What is it to evaluate the evaluators – and will this business ever end?

Speakers include: Malcolm Ashmore (Colombia/ Loughborough University), Andrew Balmer (University of Sheffield), Stefan Schwarzkopf (Copenhagen Business School), Ian Stronach (Liverpool John Moores University), Alex Wilkie (Goldsmiths, University of London), Steve Woolgar and Malte Ziewitz (University of Oxford).

For more information visit their website.

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”

Scalography at Oxford

9 July 2009

An ANTHEM contingent was deployed to Oxford yesterday, to take part in a discussion of matters big and small at the “From Scale to Scalography” workshop at Saïd Business School. (We even managed to tempt Graham Harman to come along.) Organised by the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (formerly known as the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization), the workshop focussed on the contentious issue of scale in social theory, often formulated as the micro-macro problem. The Word document with the programme contains the links to all the PDFs of the papers that have been presented and discussed. Woolgar et al.’s provocation piece (PDF) does a great job of spelling out the issues and controversies, situating them within the intellectual tradition of science and technology studies, and also posing a series of questions for discussion.


STS seminars at Oxford

26 January 2009

Two interesting seminar series in STS coming up at Oxford:

Visiting Speakers Series, Hilary Term 2009
Governance, Accountability and Innovation in Turbulent Times
James Martin Institute Seminar Room
Saïd Business School
Tuesdays, 16.00 to 18.00

Javier Lezaun is the convenor of an interdisciplinary seminar series to explore the contemporary nexus of innovation, accountability and governance. How can we begin to conceptualise the emerging balances, and imbalances, between innovation dynamics, forms of accountability, and governance structures? Speakers will address problems and examples from the world of financial markets, innovation systems, risk management, policy-making, and environmental governance.

03 February
Noortje Marres (Goldsmiths College)
Invisible, nontoxic but not exactly odourless? Experiments in carbon-based living and postcalculative forms of engagement

10 February
Rob Hagendijk (University of Amsterdam)
Building National Innovation Systems in the Global South: Accountability, Politics and Democracy

17 February
Perri 6 (Nottingham Trent University)
Making people more responsible? The Blair governments’ programme for changing citizens’ behaviour

24 February
Mike Power (London School of Economics)
Risk Management as a Moral Order

03 March
Karel Williams (University of Manchester)
Governance, Conjuncture and Financial Innovation


Science and Technology Studies
Lunchtime Seminars

Hilary Term 2009
James Martin Institute Seminar Room
Saïd Business School
12.00 to 14.00

The Science and Technology Studies group at the JMI invites you to a series of irregular, informal but nevertheless substantial lunchtime seminars during Hilary Term. Three leading scholars in the field will be presenting their work in progress.

24 February
Kaushik Sunder Rajan (University of California, Irvine)
Intellectual Property, Pharmaceutical Logics, and Ideologies of Innovation in Indian Biomedicine

02 March
Fabian Muniesa (Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Ecole des Mines de Paris)
Elements of Performativity in the Pedagogy of Business

19 March
Geoffrey Bowker (Santa Clara University)
Political and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology Studies – Stories from the Field

A turn to ontology in STS?

26 June 2008

A thought-provoking gathering took place yesterday (25 June 2008) at Oxford University, organised by the STS group at the James Martin Institute. “Is there a turn to ontology under way in Science and Technology Studies?” – asked the provocation piece written by Steve Woolgar and colleagues. Ted Schatzki, Mike Lynch, Noortje Marres, and Arie Rip laid out their thoughts in response, each presentation accompanied by the comments of two discussants. The papers and the comments can be downloaded from the Saïd Business School website. There are also additional comments by Annemarie Mol and John Law.