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Neoliberalism and the New Anthropology of the Economy


1-3 novembre 2018

Lang EN Workshop language is English
Responsable de l'activité

Ellen Hertz


Ellen Hertz, UNINE,

Stefan Leins, UZH


Horacio Ortiz, CNRS/Shanghai Laura Bear, LSE Ellen Hertz, UniNE Stefan Leins, UZH


In recent years, anthropologists have moved away from studying the economy and markets as naturally occurring settings to studying the underlying processes that turn all manner of arenas into fields configured by economic rationales and motives. Such processes have been coined "economization," "financialization," "commodification" or, more generally, the outcome of the "neoliberal turn." In these contributions, concepts such as "value," "utility" and "efficiency" are critically discussed, showing that many of them are merely constructs and often serve to maintain existing power structures. In this module, we wish to address these processes of "economization" and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the use of the concepts mentioned above for identifying and analyzing them. We aim to move away from an economic anthropology that implicitly or explicitly naturalizes economic action and its underlying philosophy to a broader anthropology of the economy that takes into account the performative, political and ideological foundations of processes of economization. We invite students to contribute empirical examples in which the discourse and practices of neoliberalism are shaping the ways interlocutors think, speak, and organize themselves. These contributions need not touch directly on the study of the economy or markets, but can come from any field that is impacted by the modes of thought our current economistic climate encourages


Schloss Ueberstorf FR




Participation fee CHF 50

For students of the CUSO universities (Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel and Fribourg) and from the universities of Bern, Zürich and Luzern, accommodation and meals at Schloss Überstorf are covered by the CUSO doctoral program in anthropology. Travel expenses will be reimbursed based on half-fare train ticket (2nd class) from the student's university to the place of the activity.



Deadline for registration 21.10.2018
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