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Metrics are hugely important in guiding decisions made by organisations as diverse as firms, universities and government departments. But how is it that organisations choose what gets measured and devise particular metrics, and why do some metrics, but not others, take root, survive over time, and travel across institutional and geographical sites? How can bad metrics be effectively challenged, and how can political battles be fought with the help of metrics? This workshop will bring together invited keynote speakers and members of the Limits of the Numerical research teams from the University of Cambridge, the University of Chicago, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Drawing together perspectives from the disciplines of anthropology, English, philosophy, political science, and sociology, the workshop will also provide an opportunity to critically reflect on the power and limits of interdisciplinary research in this area.
This event is convened by the Limits of the Numerical project at CRASSH and is funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation
Stephen John (University of Cambridge)
Sally Engle Merry (New York University)
OPEN DISCUSSION: EMERGENT THEMES FROM EACH OF THE THREE TEAMS
Gabriele Badano (University of Cambridge)
Emmanuel Didier (Centre Maurice Halbwachs, École Normale Supérieure, Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and CNRS)
OPEN DISCUSSION: POLITICAL BATTLES WITH AND AROUND NUMBERS
Liz Chatterjee (University of Chicago)