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Message posted on 20/09/2019

Workshop: "Good economics in the Good economy?" - Oslo, 14-15 October 2019

Apologies for cross-postings.

Dear colleagues,

As part of the ERC project "Enacting the Good Economy: Biocapitalization and
the Little Tools of
Valuation", we are organising a
workshop at the University of Oslo on the theme "Good economics in the good
economy?". The workshop will take place at Tyen Manor House on October 14-15.
It will consist in public keynotes on October 14 followed by closed workshop

In recent years, there has been a growing interest, both in scholarship and in
policy, towards the so-called "bioeconomy": an upcoming economy that would
rely on biological resources, knowledge and technologies to fuel sustained and
sustainable growth. The notion of a bioeconomy carries the ambition of
transforming of the economy to enable it to attend to the living and to make
value out it. It is also an economy that promises to be good and to do good,
and as such to redefine its values. In that sense, the rise of the bioeconomy
has implications for economic life but also for how political action is
conceived, making it necessary to open it up, study how it is enacted in
practice and consider the tensions that might arise when the bioeconomy is set
in motion.
In this workshop, we would like to look into the knowledge production and
valuation practices that (tentatively) make up the bioeconomy as project by
asking what the economics of the bioeconomy are. What do the promises of a
"good economy" imply for economics as a discipline, as an expertise, as a set
of practices and devices? To what extent - and how - does economics take part
in defining and shaping the good economy?
Studies in the STS and performativity tradition have explored the making of
economic knowledge and highlighted its contribution to the constitution of
"the economy" as a measurable and governable entity. Similarly, this workshop
will investigate how economics are enrolled in, or challenged by, the
bioeconomy as a new version of the economy. How do bioeconomy strategies or
projects - be they in business models or governmental policy - work with,
from, or against economic expertise? And which kinds of economic expertise?
How are economics applied to the bioeconomy, and what does this mean for
economists? We would like to consider these questions looking both into how
economic knowledge is produced and into how it is applied.

Open Programme, 14 Oct. 09.00-15.00:
The Good Economy: Welcome and Introduction by Kristin Asdal (TIK Centre for
Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo), PI of the ERC Project
"Enacting the Good Economy: Biocapitalization and the Little Tools of
"Finance as a response to global environmental crises?" by Eve Chiapello
(Centre d'Etude des Mouvement Sociaux-Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences
Sociales), author with Luc Boltanski of The New Spirit of Capitalism:
"Capitalization and Transition" by Andrew Barry (University College London),
author of Political Machines: Governing a technological society and Material
Politics: Disputes along the pipeline

To attend the open programme, please register by email to

Paper proposals for participation in the workshop sessions are welcome until
October 2nd. Send abstracts or drafts to and

With kind regards,
Batrice Cointe

Postdoc - ERC project Enacting the good economy: Biocapitalization and the
little tools of
TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture
University of Olso
P.O. Box 1108 Blindern, 0317 Oslo, Norway
+47-22 841 639
+336 69 35 30 61
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