Workshop: Uncertainty, Innovation and Value

February 25, 2008

Centre for Cultural Studies and Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London

Uncertainty, Innovation and Value

In “Uncertainty, Innovation and Value” processes of value creation in contemporary capitalism will be discussed. In particular, this seminar will be focused on the increasingly relevant role played by the management of uncertain orders of worth in producing innovation; and the way “value spheres” -such as music scenes, markets for financial titles and environmental campaigns- are currently produced. The event will bring together world leading experts coming from different disciplines and theoretical perspectives and it will be composed by two main sessions.

  • Michael Hutter (Social Science Centre Berlin and Technical University Berlin, Institute of Sociology):

“Applause, protest and exchange values: A theoretical appraisal of valuation systems” 

Respondent: David Graeber (Anthropology, Goldsmiths University of London

Chair: Scott Lash (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London)

  • David Stark (Centre on Organization Innovation, Columbia University):

“Exploiting Uncertainty in the Search for What’s Valuable”

Respondent: Jakob Arnoldi (Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus)

Chair: Michael Keith (Sociology, Goldsmiths College)

Date: Thursday 6 March, 2008

Time: 5-8pm

Venue: Ian Gulland Lecture Hall, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK,

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email: Jose Ossandon (cup01jo@gold.ac.uk)

Participants

Jakob Arnoldi is Vice Dean, Director of Research, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus Denmark, author of the forthcoming book Risk, an introduction (Polity Press), and co-editor of the special section on economy and finance in Theory, Culture & Society Annual Review 2007.

David Graeber is Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths University of London, author of Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar (University of Indiana Press 2007) and Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams (Palgrave 2001).

Michael Hutter is Professor, Social Science Centre Berlin and Technical University Berlin, Institute of Sociology, has recently co-edited Beyond Price. Value in Culture, Economics, and The Arts (Cambridge University Press 2008); and is the author of Neue Medienökonomik (Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2006).


Michael Keith is Professor and Head of Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London, author of After The Cosmopolitan?: Multicultural Cities and the Future of Racism (Routledge 2005).

Scott Lash is Professor and Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London, and has recently authored (with Celia Lury) Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things (Polity Press 2007) and “Capitalism and Metaphysics” Theory, Culture and Society (2007).  

David Stark is Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University where he directs the Center on Organizational Innovation. Stark’s recent publications include: “Sociotechnologies of Assembly” (with Monique Girard) in Governance and Information:  The Rewiring of Governing and Deliberation in the 21st Century (2007); and “Social Times of Network Spaces: Network Sequences and Foreign Investment in Hungary,” (with Balazs Vedres)  American Journal of Sociology (2006).

One Response to “Workshop: Uncertainty, Innovation and Value”

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