The Ethics and Politics of Objectification, Measurement and Standardization
October 25-27th, 2013 at Dokkhuset, Trondheim.
Organized by the research project The Cultural Logic of Facts and Figures: Objectification, Measurement and Standardization as Social Processes (Cuff) at the Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), financed by The Norwegian Research Council.
Friday, October 25th
Session I: Redefining the Mental, the Natural and the Artificial
(Chair: Eric Monteiro, Informatics, NTNU)
1300-1345: Theodore Porter (History, UCLA): Asylums and the Data of Human Heredity.
145-1430: Gitte Koksvik (Social Anthropology, NTNU): Human and Machine. A Phenomenological Approach to Human Existence in an Intensive Care Unit.
1430-1450: Coffee Break
1450-1535: Charles Briggs (Anthropology, UC Berkeley): Making Epidemiology (Im)mobile: Bodies, Bad Medicine, and Multi-Species Intimacies in a Mysterious Epidemic
1535-1620: Petter Almklov/Jens Røyrvik (NTNU Social Research): Objectification, Measurement and Standardization in Children's Services in Norway
Saturday, October 26th
Session II: Relocating the Real, Commensurating the Heterogeneous
(Chair: Lorenzo Canas Bottos, Social Anthropology)
0900-0945: Lawrence Busch (Sociology/Center for the Study of Standards in Society, Michigan State University): Markets, Measurements and Mammon. Remaking the World to fit the Theory
0945-1030: Emil Røyrvik (Sintef Research Institute, Trondheim): Valuation and Commensuration: The Measure of Eurovegas
1030-1050: Coffee Break
1050-1135: Tian Sørhaug (Sociology, University of Oslo): The Value of Values. The Loss of Referents and the Fetishization of Relations.
1135-1220: Tord Larsen (Social Anthropology, NTNU): Secular Incarnations: the Meaning and Morality of Indicators.
Session III: Remaking Nations, Quantifying Humans, Transforming Spaces
Chair: Ann Rudinow Sætnan, Sociology, NTNU)
1330-1415: Mary Poovey (English, New York University) and Kevin Brine (Brine Management and NYU): Calculating the Nation: The Modern Roots of National Accounts in the United States
1415-1500: Jason Sumich (Social Anthropology, NTNU): Tenuous Belonging: Citizenship and Democracy in Mozambique
1500-1520: Coffee break
1520-1605: Michael Blim (Graduate Center/Anthropology, CUNY): Kinship Studies in the Age of Statistics.
1605-1650: Kenneth Olwig (Landscape Architecture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences): Eat the Landscape: The "Traditional" Heritage of Modern, Objectified, Measured and Standardized Foodscapes Versus the Common Heritage of Their Non-Modern Antithesis.
Sunday, October 27th
Session VI: Re-forming Heritage, Art and Perception
(Chair: Harald Aspen, Social Anthropology, NTNU)
1000-1045: Rosemary Coombe (Social Science, York University): Making Culture Legible: Indicators and Archives as Heritage Technologues (with Eugenia Kisin, NYU)
1045-1130: Allison Fish (Comparative Studies, Ohio State University): Comparing Creative Commons and Yogis Theories of Knowledge Transfer: The Place of Cultural Property in the Access to Knowledge Movement
1130-1150: Coffee Break
1150-1235: Nigel Rapport (Social Anthropology, St. Andrews University): The Hands of Stanley Spencer: A Study in Distortion
1235-1320: Håkon Fyhn (Interdicisplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU): Control by Calculation.
1320-1405: Alexandra Hui (History, Mississippi State University): Standardizing Sounds: Listening to Birdsong in the Twentieth Century.