Conference call: Performing Economic Geographies

September 24, 2010

From Juan Espinosa at the School of Management in Leicester.


Organizers: David Lansing and Kevin Gould
Seattle, Washington (April 12-16, 2011)

Economies are increasingly organized around the principles of neo-classical economics while advances in technology are yielding new methods and models of economic calculation, creating new conditions for economic exchange. Within this context, scholars working within Science and Technology Studies have employed a “performativity” approach to elaborate the relation between methods of calculation and economic action. A performativity approach understands economic models and theories not as analytical tools but as active interventions into the unfolding materiality of economic life. Such interventions can shape markets, prices, and regimes of value, as well as the diverse subjects, territories, and institutions that help constitute “the economic” as a sphere of action and intelligibility. While geographers have been writing about broader notions of performativity for years, scholarship that addresses how aspects of the economy are performed by models, calculative devices, and economic theory itself have been taken up by relatively few economic geographers. The aim of this session is to bring together scholars who are experimenting with notions of performativity to write new kinds of economic geographies. We welcome both empirical work that draws on aspects of performativity as well as critiques of the performativity program itself. In short, we are interested to hear from anyone interested in broader questions of performativity and economic geography. Possible questions to address might include:

How can geographic questions of space and place inform and extend performativity approaches?

How does an attention to performativity open new possibilities for research in economic geography?

Where is power in the performativity program?

How might work on performativity that is inspired by the work of Judith Butler or Erving Goffman articulate with the recent work on performativity emerging from Science and Technology Studies?

If economists make markets, who counts as an economist?

If you would like to take part in this session, please send 250 word abstract via email to David Lansing ( and Kevin Gould (

One Response to “Conference call: Performing Economic Geographies”

  1. David Lansing Says:

    Thank you for posting this. In case the CFP isn’t clear, this is for the Association of American Geographers annual conference. Its a non-refereed conference and sociologists are definitely welcome.

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