Convenor: Professor Lisa Adkins
In a context of pervasive financialization, ubiquitous debt, economic crises, recession, austerity, unemployment and underemployment, wage repression and the transfer of risks from employers and the state to individuals and households, the economy has emerged as a critical and urgent site of inquiry across the disciplines of the social sciences and beyond. This is so not only because of forms of social suffering which recent economic events have unfolded, but also because of the challenges these events raise for many of the core assumptions of sociology and cognate social sciences. These challenges include, but are by no means limited to, money that cannot be represented, unemployment that demands labour, waged labour that cannot sustain life, and prospects and hopes which can only be sustained by debt.
The Rethinking Economies seminar series aims not only to map these challenges but also to consider how the social sciences can re-orient themselves to meet them. Should sociologists open up new dialogues with economists? Are the tools of economic sociology sufficient for this task? Do the social sciences need to be revitalize their commitment to understanding the economy? If so, what would such a revitalized social science look like?
To address these and related questions this seminar series brings together international scholars from a range of social science disciplines – Sociology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Law and Political Science – who, in different, ways are actively rethinking the economy and forging new paths in social science research.
The seminar series ran at both the University of Tampere and the University of Turku.
The first seminars in the series took place in May and June 2015 at the University of Tampere.
The 2016 series took place at the University of Tampere and the University of Turku.
The 2017 series took place at the University of Turku.
Programme: Seminar series 2017
Programme: Seminar series 2016
Programme: Seminar series 2015