Posts Tagged ‘University of Oxford’

Enframing and poiesis: Andrew Pickering on environmental governance

6 July 2012

Andrew Pickering (audio) drawing on Heidegger in his talk “Environmental Governance and Resilience: Enframing and poiesis in environmental management” at University of Oxford on 17 Apr 2012 . (Thanks to dmf for the link.)

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.