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June 30, 2008

A new blog about the connection between STS and ontology, focusing on the workshop Daniel described.

http://stsontology.wordpress.com/

Tom Wolfe is thinking that it’s the ‘end of capitalism as we know it’. The story is a bit confused, but so are financial markets these days.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/business/24sorkin.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&ref=business&adxnnlx=1214821262-Ht2eAktdvL0YMp2w1eB/KQ

I was looking through the programme of the next 4S conference (Society for the Social Studies of Science) and there were a lot of financial market-related papers. Many of them, as expected, will be given by people who are close to, or part of, SSF, but not exclusively:

  • Assembling the hybrid client: making banking markets by matching profile with person (Zsuzsanna Vargha, Columbia University)
  • Marketization of climate change: contesting the performativity of Economics (Anders Blok, Copenhagen University)

[at the same session Rita Samiolo will also be presenting. I know the paper and I think that it’s a very good ANT story – although Rita may not agree with this definition – so, it’s highly recommended]

  • Markets as Simulations: Economic Theory and Market Design in the Restructured Electricity Industry (Daniel Breslau, Virginia Tech)
  • Towards a Material Sociology of Markets (Organized by Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, Donald Mackenzie and Anita Engles)
  • Dealing with emission allowances: How companies learn the fundamentals of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (Anita Engels, University of Hamburg)
  • Making Things the Same: Gases, Emission Rights and the Politics of Carbon Markets (Donald MacKenzie, University of Edinburgh)
  • A market of EPIC proportions: finance (re)configured in the London Stock Exchange (Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, University of Edinburgh)
  • Weather matters: thermometers, equations and models in weather derivatives trading (Samuel Randalls, University College London)
  • The awkward materiality of housing markets (Susan J Smith, University of Durham)
  • From New Deal Institutions to Capital Markets: Commercial consumer risk scores and the making of the U.S. subprime mortgage market (Martha Poon, University of California San Diego – yes, the very same one!)

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