1-3 JUNE 2016 University of Turku, Finland

Convened and Organized by the FiDiPro Research Group

Workshop Brief

In the context of persistent instability and indeterminacy in regard to price and pricing this workshop asks: what is price? Is price an algorithm, a sensation, an index, a measure, a value, a benchmark, a sign, a function of money, a financial instrument, a market device, a socio-technological engagement with the future? Recognizing that the problem of price is fundamental to capitalism and that this problem is mutating in the context of a proliferation of pricing technologies – from the apparently localized operations of devices such as surge pricing through to the ostensibly abstract techniques of financial instruments designed to continuously contest price – importantly, this workshop also asks what is at stake for the social sciences in the question of price? What can an interrogation of price surface for the social sciences? Would this include the changing relations between measure and value? The retreat of the state from price setting? Shifting relations between the future and the present? An intensification of capital accumulation? A rewriting of value? Transformations to money? Bringing together scholars from the disciplines of Geography, Sociology, Cultural Studies and Political Economy this workshop seeks not only to address these issues but also to consider what strands of thought are best equipped to engage with the question and problem of price including those associated with economic sociology, critical and social finance studies, pragmatic social theory, affect theory and the new cultural economy.

Confirmed participants: Fiona Allon (University of Sydney), Patricia Clough (Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York), Derek McCormack (University of Oxford), Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen (University of Tampere), Susanna Paasonen (University of Turku).


Outline Price Workshop 2016

Schedule: Workshop 1-3 JUNE 2016 University of Turku, Finland

June 1, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

(Kaivokatu 12, Sirkkala campus, Minerva building, room E323, 3rd floor)


Experimenting with Price: Crafting the New Social Contract in Finland

Lisa Adkins, Matti Kortesoja, Mona Mannevuo & Katariina Mäkinen, University of Tampere & University of Turku

Respondent: Hanna Ylöstalo et al. (Tasa-arvotietoa talouteen -projekti [Project on knowledge, equality and economy]), University of Helsinki

Chair: Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen, University of Tampere

An informal get-together in a restaurant Tintå on Wednesday 1st June at 8:00 pm. (Address: Läntinen Rantakatu 9)

June 2, 10:00 – 12:30 pm

(Kaivokatu 12, Sirkkala campus, Minerva building, room E225, 2nd floor)

Rethinking Probability: A Measure that Cannot Hold

Patricia Clough, Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York

Respondent: Lotta Kähkönen, University of Turku

The Price of Attention in Social Media

Susanna Paasonen, University of Turku

Respondent: Kori Allan, University of Newcastle

Chair: Mona Mannevuo, University of Turku

June 2, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

The Multiplication of the Margin

Fiona Allon, University of Sydney

Respondent: Olli Herranen, University of Tampere

Pricing the Anthropocene:
Reinsurance and the Management of Climate Change Insecurity

Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen & Salla Jarske, University of Tampere

Respondent: Liu Xin, University of Tampere

Chair: Katariina Mäkinen, University of Tampere

A dinner in Tiirikkala on Thursday 2nd June at 7:00 pm. (Address: Linnankatu 3)

June 3, 10:00 – 12:30 pm

(Kaivokatu 12, Sirkkala campus, Minerva building, room E325, 3rd floor)

Entangling Calculation and Feeling:
Pricing Confidence and Self-Esteem in Body-Image Campaigns

Rebecca Coleman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Respondent: Katariina Kyrölä, University of Turku

The Circumstantial Worlds of Pricing

Derek McCormack, University of Oxford

Respondent: Milla Tiainen, University of Helsinki

Chair: Liu Xin, University of Tampere


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