Governing (by) expertise

The politics of social scientific knowledge production


Jeudi 28 et vendredi 29 avril 2022, 9 h -18 h


ENS Paris-Saclay
Bâtiment Sud-Ouest, Amphithéâtre Dorothy Hodgkin
4 avenue des sciences
91 190 Gif-sur-Yvette

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IDHES ENS Paris-Saclay
DFG-Network Political Sociology of transnational fields (University Potsdam)

Workshop soutenu par la MSH Paris-Saclay.



9 h Introductory Words
Pierre Guibentif, Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg & Christian Bessy

9 h 30 Governing knowledge

Chaired by Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg, University of Potsdam (Germany)

9 h 30 Recent economic controversies around patents: The issue of intellectual  property  rights
Christian Bessy, IDHES, ENS Paris-Saclay

10 h 20 Making Uncertainty Operable: Decentralized Finance and Game Theory
Andreas Langenohl, Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany)

11 h Coffee Break

11 h 20 Creating futures

Chaired by Tommaso Pardi, IDHES, ENS Paris-Saclay

11 h 20The case of the first oil crisis and the role of multi-layered interpretative struggles for bringing about alternative futures
Timur Ergen & Lisa Suckert, MPI Köln (Germany)

12 h 10 From Order to Chaos. How the Brexit economic expert discourse articulates structural dissolution in times of covid crisis
Jens Maesse, JLU Giessen (Germany) & Thierry Rossier, LSE (UK)

12 h 50 Lunch

14 h 30 Struggling for authority

Chaired by Arthur Jatteau, Université de Lille, IDHES

14 h 30 Weird economists: Credibility battles among forecasters before the subprime crisis (1997-2007)
Pierre Pénet, IDHES, ENS Paris-Saclay

15 h 20 French economistsʼ position-taking in times of economic and disciplinary crises
Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg, University of Potsdam (Germany)

16 h Coffee break

16 h 20 Imperial governance and its others

Chaired by Vincent Gengnagel, University of Flensburg (Germany)

16 h 20 Decolonising the British Caribbean and its research in the 1960s: The ‘New World Group’ between activism and intellectualism
Meta Cramer, University of Freiburg (Germany)

17 h 10 Social Scientific Expertise in the French Colonial Empire, 1945-1962
George Steinmetz, University of Michigan (US) (online)

 18 h Cocktail


9 h Governing Europe

Chaired by Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg, University of Potsdam (Germany)

9 hThe soft power of European research governance – social sciences and market integration
Vincent Gengnagel, University of Flensburg, Katharina Zimmermann, University of Hamburg & Sebastian Büttner, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)

9 h 50 Social cohesion and market integration. What role have the social sciences been assigned in EU research policies?
Kristoffer Kropp, Roskilde University (Denmark)

10 h 30 Coffee break

10 h 50 Evaluation and Standardization

Chaired by Christian Bessy, IDHES, ENS Paris-Saclay

10 h 50 Who governs European social science research? A study of a transnational and transdisciplinary research evaluation in the European Research Council
Lucas Brunet & Ruth Müller TUM (Germany)

11 h 40 Open debate & discussion of publication plans

12 h 20 Lunch

14 h Globalizing expertise

chaired by Arthur Jatteau, Université de Lille, IDHES

14 h Cultures of Quantification: Knowledge Organisations, Objectivity and Expertise in Global Governance of Poverty
Justyna Bandola-Gill, University of Edinburgh (UK)

14 h 50 An academization of global policy expertise? On the interrelationship between public policy degrees and job trajectories
Alexander Mitterle & Christoph Schubert, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)

15 h 30 Coffee break

15 h 50 Mapping disciplinary struggles

Chaired by Frédéric Lebaron, IDHES, ENS Paris-Saclay

15 h 50 A prosopography of the world’s “top economists”
Arthur Jatteau & Pierre Fray, IDHES, ENS Paris-Saclay

16 h 40 Tuam Disclipinam Doce me’ – Forms and Conditions of Scientific Practice in the Contemporary German-Speaking Field of Sociologists
Andreas Schmitz, GESIS (Germany) & Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg, University of Potsdam (Germany)

17 h 20 Concluding remarks
Frédéric Lebaron, IDHES, ENS Paris-Saclay


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