Call for Papers – “Performing (financial) markets” track, Naples, 2011

August 4, 2010

Here’s a call for papers for a track that my coauthor Fabrizio and I are organzing, with Luigi Moschera, at the Critical Management Studies conference — which this time is in Naples.

From the call for papers:

Perhaps not surprisingly the 2008 financial crisis has been followed by an impressive number of academic and journalistic accounts. In spite of the variety of explanations proposed, many commentators shared a keen interest on the role that financial models and organizational practices played in triggering the crisis (see especially Tett, 2009). The focus on models (and economists as modelers) went beyond academia and we could read title such as “The formula that killed Wall Street” on the cover of Wired, and even The Economist admitted that “of all the economic bubbles that have been pricked, few have burst more spectacularly than the reputation of economics itself” (The Economist, 2009).

But despite their central role, financial models and the work of economists (and other social scientists) have only recently become a central focus of scholarly work. In sociology and organization theory, the performativity perspective (Callon, 1998), stemming from the social studies of science tradition, provides an interesting starting point to explore this relationship. Callon’s suggestion that economics does not merely describe but performs the economy, creating the prosthetics we need to make its model actually work, helped scholars explore the way in which specific theories, formulas, and models affected the creation and operation of markets (MacKenzie and Millo, 2003; Beunza and Stark, 2004; MacKenzie 2006, MacKenzie et al. 2007, Callon et al. 2007). Not limited to financial markets, this approach has also been extended to organizational and managerial practices (Ferraro, Pfeffer and Sutton, 2005), routines and software design (D’Adderio, 2008).

In furthering this intellectual agenda, we invite submissions of conceptual and empirical papers on how theories, beliefs, ideologies, and material artefacts such as tools, formulas, and rankings affect the way markets and organizations operate, and therefore on how the economy works.

From a theoretical point of view, we welcome papers from a variety of theoretical perspectives, and especially institutional theory (Di Maggio and Powell, 1983; Fligstein, 2001; Davis, 2009; Fourcade, 2009), commensuration (Espeland and Stevens, 1998; Espeland and Sauder, 2007), historical perspectives on financialization (Arrighi, 1994; Krippner, 2005), and ideational scholarship in political science and political sociology (Blyth 2002, Somers and Block 2005).

See website for more details. Deadline: November 30th, 2010

2 Responses to “Call for Papers – “Performing (financial) markets” track, Naples, 2011”


  1. Deadline is November 30th, 2010!

  2. danielbeunza Says:

    Thanks for the attention to detail. It’s now corrected.


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