The Role of the Future in Economic and Political Sociology: Between Stabilizing Expectations and Extending Crises, séminaire doctoral Sciences Po/MPIfG

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This seminar explores the recent interest in the future in the social sciences. Recent work in economic sociology has brought out the importance of actors’ expectations, showing the influence of narratives and fictions on future developments as ways of embedding economic activity in stories and images of envisioned future capitalist development. Other strands of literature in economic geography, anthropology, and history have pinpointed the origins and use of tools of future crafting, such as forecasts and scenarios, as instruments of market making and as contributors to the crafting of economic interests over time. The seminar aims to familiarize PhD students with this emerging research agenda.

Taught in English by Professors Jenny Andersson (MaxPo/Sciences Po), Jens Beckert (MPIfG), Ariane Leendertz (MPIfG), and Marcin Serafin (Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life, Warsaw) with additional invited guest speakers, the seminar is open to graduate students currently enrolled in a PhD program at a French or German university. Preference is given to students from Sciences Po, the IMPRS-SPCE, and their cooperation partners. Participating students must have prior knowledge of the contemporary history of recent economic transitions or the fields of economic sociology, political economy, or adjacent fields (such as economic or contemporary history and economic or social anthropology).

Informations pratiques

Date du séminaire : 24-26 Septembre 2018 à Cologne

Deadline for applications : 31 May 2018

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