Karin Knorr Cetina gives this year’s Clarendon Lectures in Oxford

March 21, 2012

From Javier Lezaun:


The Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies, May 22-24, 2012

Jointly organized by Oxford University Press and the Said Business School


Karin Knorr Cetina, George Wells Beadle Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago


What is the question we always ask about financial markets? We want to know how to invest in them, to play them, to avoid losing money with them. We surely would like to understand them—in terms of what they are made for and good for—investment and speculation. With these lectures, I want to convince you that it is also interesting to ask another question: What is a financial market like internally? How does it function as a system of global interaction rather than as an investment opportunity? What is there beyond the contours of the market’s face on screen which it presents to participants? The foreign exchange markets I look at in my research are a global interiorized environment into which all relevant aspects of the external world have been absorbed. I propose that we take them as such and examine their embedded components. How structural forms fare when they are implemented on a global level—how they are even possible as global social forms—would seem to be of considerable theoretical and practical interest. The components these forms develop make markets work. They may also become blueprints for the design of other projects in an emerging global culture. 


Lecture 1: Tuesday 22 May 2012

What is a Financial Market? Global Markets as Post-Traditional Social Forms


Lecture 2:  Wednesday 23 May 2012

Scopic Media: What they are and how they help organizing markets and other domains.  


Lecture 3:  Thursday 24 May 2012

The Market as an Object of Attachment 



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