Workshop announcement: Interrogating Economics in the Public Sphere. Cambridge, April 2013

February 8, 2013

From Tomas Undarraga:

On the 18th and 19th of April 2013, the ECONPUBLIC project at the University of Cambridge will host a workshop on “Interrogating Economics in the Public Sphere”. The event will bring together historians, sociologists, and media analysts to review the outlying literatures on public economic knowledge. Our challenge is to elaborate on the research agenda that will explore the connections and overlaps between economic journalism, the public production of economic knowledge, and knowledge as communicative practice.

The workshop is organised around four panels and Donald Mackenzie will open the plenary with a talk entitled “Financial modelling as culture”. The panels will run as following:

  1. The public understanding of economics: A recent media history
  2. Social sciences and the media’s role in finance and financialization
  3. The uses of publicity: the 364 economists’ letter of 1981
  4. Economic journalism: practices in national contexts 

The second panel will discuss the media’s role in finance and financialization, aiming to explore the links between journalism, economics and the public sphere. The panellists include Aeron Davis, Karel Williams, Daniel Beunza and José Ossandón, which will discuss the media as a communicative space for financialization, the salaried intelligentsia and financialization in the UK, and Spain and financial communication with bond investors during the sovereign debt crisis, among others.  

More information about the workshop and the project as a whole, please see:

The number of places available at the workshop is very limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact the project at:


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