Symposium. Capitalizing on Performativity: Performing on Capitalization





16-17 October 2014

A cogent appraisal of the spirit of contemporary capitalism and its
problems calls for renewed attention to the performative. Business
schools, consultancy firms, corporations, investment banks, start-up
companies, market research agencies, public administrations and other
sites of business life are characterized by the presence of habits,
idioms and apparatuses that constitute a significant part of the reality
of business. These include techniques for the simulation of business
situations, methods for the explanation of business problems,
instruments for the valuation of business endeavours, and tools for the
presentation of business outcomes. But simulation, explanation,
valuation and presentation are not only about accounting for external
states of affair. They are, at least in part, about moulding, enacting,
provoking and effecting the business realities they signify.

Many things have been said indeed, from a large variety of angles, about
the performative condition of capitalist business existence. The point
now is to think about where to go from here. Contributors to this
workshop are addressing this challenge from their own particular blends
of intellectual concerns and research undertakings. The workshop aims at
providing an occasion to discover and discuss what they have to say.
Topics covered range from the anthropology of financialization to the
critique of management, from the sociology of accounting to the politics
of organization and the philosophy of law.


Alaric Bourgoin, Laure Cabantous, Ève Chiapello, Kimberly Chong, Barbara
Czarniawska, Liliana Doganova, Paul du Gay, Daniel Fridman, Martin
Giraudeau, Penny Harvey, Sarah Kaplan, Andrew Leyshon, Javier Lezaun,
Peter Miller, Fabian Muniesa, Horacio Ortiz, Álvaro Pina-Stranger, Paolo
Quattrone, Michele Spanò, Signe Vikkelsø

This symposium is sponsored by PERFORMABUSINESS (Performativity in
Business Education, Management Consulting and Entrepreneurial Finance),
a project funded by the European Research Council (Starting Grant No.
263529) and located at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation (Mines

The event takes place on 16 and 17 October 2014, 9:00 to 18:00, at Mines
ParisTech, 60, Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris, France. Public
transportation include rapid transit train (RER B Luxembourg Station)
and bus (lines 21, 27, 38, 82, 84, 85, 89).

Attendance is free within the limit of available space, and reservation
is required. If you want to attend, or inquire about aspects of the
symposium, please contact Pr. Fabian Muniesa at:

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