14 Sep 2022All dayHybrid workshop, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

Description

Convenors

  • Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (University of Cambridge)
  • Raffaele Danna (Sant’ Anna Pisa)
  • Christina Laskaridis (Open University)
  • Alice Pearson (European University Institute)
  • Jack Wright (University of Cambridge)

Overview of workshop

Conversations on the politics of economics will discuss the social and political impact of economists and economic knowledge. The workshop is the culmination of a research network – The Politics of Economics – that has, since 2017, brought together researchers from a range of disciplines, backgrounds, and locations, to discuss the dynamics of economic knowledge and expertise. Paying particular attention to the intertwining of economics’ normative and epistemic import, the network has explored: the contemporary and historical role of economists in policy, the politics within the profession, and the uses of quantification, socio-economic devices, and models in politics and public life. In this closing workshop, we will take stock of these debates and project their implications forward.

The workshop will centre on knowledge claims from both economists’ and non-economists that focus on Economics as an object of study. What is the status of economic knowledge within the neoliberal grand narratives? How can we best capture the successes and failures of quantification of social phenomena? Are economists responsible for their policy claims or are they instrumentalised by policymakers and politicians? What role should reflexive accounts on the politics of economics play? Panels will be composed of people who work in different fields, and the purpose will be to produce a collective conversation – a hybrid outcome which will subsume usual disciplinary production of knowledge.

Speakers include:

  • Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge)
  • Jana Bacevic (Durham University)
  • Elizabeth Popp Berman (University of Michigan)
  • Samuel Boris (CNRS)
  • Beatrice Cherrier (CNRS, Polytechnique)
  • Diane Coyle (University of Cambridge)
  • Daniela Gabor (University of West England)
  • Catherine Holst (University of Oslo)
  • Lukas Linsi (University of Groningen)
  • Eric Monnet (EHESS, Paris School of Economics)
  • Avner Offer (University of Oxford)
  • Poornima Paidipaty (King’s College London)
  • Caterina Sganga (Sant’Anna Pisa)
  • Ida  Sognnaes (CICERO – Center for international climate research)
  • Jens van ‘t Klooster (University of Amsterdam)

Registration

Registration is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating, please email Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (cc2006@cam.ac.uk) as soon as possible and by Friday 2 September, indicating the reasons for your interest and whether you wish to attend in person or online.

 

Further information about The Politics of Economics research network

A list of past events organised since 2017 can be found on the CRASSH website. Recordings of previous seminars can be found here. Recordings of previous webinars can be found on CRASSH YouTube Channel.

Programme

9:00 - 9:30

Registration

9:30-11:00

Session 1: What role should economists play in determining policy?

  • Diane Coyle (University of Cambridge)
  • Catherine Holst (University of Oslo)
  • Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge)
  • Chair: Jack Wright (University of Cambridge and University of Gothenburg)
11:00 - 11:20

Break

11:20-12:50

Session 2: The political economy of measurement

  • Eric Monnet (EHESS, Paris School of Economics)
  • Samuel Boris (CNRS)
  • Daniela Gabor (University of West England)
  • Lukas Linsi (University of Groningen)
  • Chair: Christina Laskaridis (Open University)
12:50 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Session 3: Distributed knowledge in economics. Whose knowledge matters?

  • Avner Offer (University of Oxford)
  • Caterina Sganga (Sant’Anna Pisa)
  • Ida A. B. Sognnaes (CICERO – Center for international climate research)
  • Jens van ‘t Klooster (University of Amsterdam)
  • Chair: Raffaele Danna (Sant’Anna Pisa)
15:30 - 15:50

Break

15:50-17:20

Session 4: After criticism? Reflection on reflexivity and change

  • Poornima Paidipaty (King’s College London)
  • Beatrice Cherrier (CNRS, Polytechnique)
  • Elizabeth Popp Berman (University of Michigan)
  • Jana Bacevic (Durham University) [tbc]
  • Chair: Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (University of Cambridge)

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