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Fw: MaxPo seminar with Fabian Muniesa December 7th 12:00: "Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism"

This seminar might interest some people.

cheers Kean


From: Allison ROVNY Sent: 13 November 2020 05:58 To: Allison ROVNY Subject: MaxPo seminar with Fabian Muniesa December 7th 12:00: "Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism"

Dear all,

You are invited to the next MaxPo SCOOPS seminar with Fabian Muniesa of the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation at Mines ParisTech on Monday, December 7th, 12:00-13:30 on Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism, with discussion by Vincent Lpinay, Mdialab, Sciences Po.

The seminar will take place on Zoom. Please register at the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11HKjEpbI1h90BM3u6gLX-8ZXUS9fs6cDLaRbyM4t454/ edit

Abstract: In this book, scholars from a range of disciplines argue that the assetmeaning anything that can be controlled, traded, and capitalized as a revenue streamhas become the primary basis of technoscientific capitalism. An asset can be an object or an experience, a sum of money or a life form, a patent or a bodily function. A process of assetization prevails, imposing investment and return as the key rationale, and overtaking commodification and its speculative logic. Although assets can be bought and sold, the point is to get a durable economic rent from them rather than make a killing on the market. Assetization examines how assets are constructed and how a variety of things can be turned into assets, analyzing the interests, activities, skills, organizations, and relations entangled in this process. The contributors consider the assetization of knowledge, including patents, personal data, and biomedical innovation; of infrastructure, including railways and energy; of nature, including mineral deposits, agricultural seeds, and natural capital; and of publics, including such public goods as higher education and monetizable social ills. Taken together, the chapters show the usefulness of assetization as an analytical tool and as an element in the critique of capitalism. Muniesa's talk is based on the book he jointly edited with Kean Birch, "Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism, published with MIT Press in 2020.

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Best regards, Allison

Allison E. Rovny, Ph.D. Administrative Director MaxPo - Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies Sciences Po, Paris, France http://www.maxpo.eu/ allison.rovny@sciencespo.fr


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