After numbers? Doing and undoing qualculative practices

2 years 2 weeks ago
Type of event: 
This is a public event organised by another institution.

As part of the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology & Society Network – Biennial Conference 2013, Ingmar Lippert organised a panel that presents studies of the socio-technical networks in which numbers are created, done or undone. The panel After numbers? Doing and undoing qualculative practices compares studies across three different fields: environmental studies, eduction policy and biomedical research. It brings into conversation Catelijne Coopmans, Radhika Gorur, Ingmar Lippert, Helen Verran and Ayo Wahlberg.

Ethnography of carbon accounting practices available

The environment needs to be protected. Well, this is what the universal "we" has agreed upon. So, there is an environment. And this environment needs human protectors, human managers. Between 2008 and 2012 I studied environmental managers in a corporation (a multinational Fortune 50 company).1 A key question emerging from this work is: which environment is being protected - or managed? Does more than one, singular, environment exist?

Carbon Quantification and Carbon Markets

2 years 38 weeks ago
Singapore, Singapore
Type of event: 
This is a public event organised by another institution.

Ingmar Lippert has been invited to give a lecture on carbon quantification and carbon markets as part of Tembusu College's Senior Module Climate Change.

Drawing on his ethnographic work in a Fortune 50 company on carbon accounting, he will provide an understanding of how hegemonic carbon policy approaches are grounded in the fundamental assumption that carbon emissions can be quantified.

Design and displacement – social studies of science and technology

2 years 40 weeks ago
Copenhagen, Denmark
Type of event: 
This is a public event organised by another institution.

The conference "Design and displacement – social studies of science and technology" has been organised by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) jointly with the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and takes place October 17-20, 2012, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark.

Workshop 2012's theme II (Managing Objects, Enacting Assemblages)

Expected Papers

  • Ignacio Farias1
  • Paula Ungar and Roger Strand2
  • Isabelle Mauz3
  • Israel Rodriguez Giralt4
  • Uli Beisel5

Introductory considerations

Managing Objects

In the first part of this theme we endorse how objects are generated in scholarly and managerial interaction and how they are subsequently managed.

The “object” part of "managing objects"

Key questions here: What are the objects of environmental management? How are environmental entities construed as objects in practice as well as theory?

Graph editor usage for qualitative social science research

Graph editors are very useful for qualitative research. As part of my ongoing engagement with visualising qualitative relationships between materials and actors during the analysis of ethnographic data, I repeatedly stumbled upon so-called graph editors. These are software programmes used by graph theorists, amongst others. In short, graph editors are able to design layouts of nodes (entities) and edges (relations).

Workshop 2012's theme I (Performance and Imaginaries)

Expected Structure

  • Theme intro by Franz Krause
  • Keynote by Ken Olwig
  • Paper by David Rojas1 (comment by Andrew)
  • Paper by Jukka Nyyssönen2 (comment by Lisiunia)
  • Paper by Andrew Whitehouse3 (comment by Jukka)
  • Paper by Lisiunia A. Romanienko4 (comment by David)
  • 'Spotlight' with Clare Waterton, Ken Olwig and Franz Krause

Introductory considerations

Under the label of ‘performance and imaginaries’ we address a key set of questions for the workshop. Performance is a concept that has been developed to emphasise the particular aspects of the practices that constitute social and ecological forms and processes. Szerszynski et al (2003) summarise that performance suggests practices, often iterative ones that constitute or bring about phenomena that would not exist without this (regular) activity. They continue that this practice always stands in a creative tension with a corresponding script or precedent, which informs that practice, but from which the practice inevitable departs to some extent.

Workshop 2012's Themes


The workshop is structured into three themes:

Workshop 2012's theme III (Rationales and Rationalities)

  • coordinated by Ingmar Lippert
  • Keynote by Lucy Suchman
  • Discussant Isabelle Mauz

Expected Papers

  • Jürgen Hauber1; commented by Anonymous Practitioner
  • Silvia Bruzzone2; commented by Liana Müller
  • Liana Müller3; commented by Silvia Bruzzone
  • Anonymous Practitioner and Ingmar Lippert4; commented by Jürgen Hauber

Introductory considerations

In the received view, environmental management presupposes plans and ideas: management has objectives, such as reaching a specific point or reaching a dynamic trajectory around a certain state. Two examples should suffer: the former might be the re-introduction of a specific species; or an example for the kind of target might be ensuring a specified continuing yield of resources. In response, critics conceptualise a rationality, mostly imagined as a singular but multi-backgrounded phenomenon - such as The Western, Capitalist and/or Masculine rationality of Rational Control5/6 (and opposed to an Ecological Rationality7/8) - which is heralded by hegemonic players.

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