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Uncertainty and disquiet

The call for papers "Who is Responsible" has invited ethnographic reflections on the diverse meanings and use of a term, "responsibility" which  "has become such a conspicuous terms in contemporary thought styles", to highlight its salience in contemporary culture and governance. - More More

by Cristina Grasseni, 23 July 2012 Permalink

cc - photo by See Wah Cheng from Flickr

About the Anthropology of globalization (2)

The essay by Monica Lindh de Montoya "Il mercato come specchio o modello. Come i commercianti riconfigurano le transazioni economiche e sociali in un'economia rurale" (The market as a mirror and model. How merchants re-frame economic and social transactions in a rural economy), first published in 1999, investigates cultural change in an agricultural community in Bailadores, Venezuela, fueled by vegetable and particularly garlic production for the national market. A reading by Guido Carlotto and comment by Valentina Porcellana. - (post in Italian) - More More

by Redazione FGB, 26 September 2008 Permalink

Copertina del libro di Sapelli edito da Mondadori
Categories anthropology

About the Anthropology of globalization

Some brief thoughts about the essay "Per l'antropologia economica: culture e pratiche nella divisione sociale del lavoro" (For an economic anthropology: culture and practice in the social division of work), that opens the volume "Antropologia della globalizzazione" (The Anthropology of Globalization) proposed by Giulio Sapelli - (post in Italian) - More More

by Redazione FGB, 5 September 2008 Permalink

book by Sapelli
See also: Storicizzare la scienza, Una nuova educazione per il futuro della biosfera and the review of Panzarani's book "L'innovazione a colori".
Categories anthropology

Of flies and forests: putting laboratory work in its social context (part 2)

The second part of the Interview with Sophie Houdart: "we debated on the many links between the ethnography of science and the interrogation on responsible innovation". - More More

by Redazione FGB, 27 November 2007 Permalink

Sophie Houdart
Categories anthropology

Of flies and forests: putting laboratory work in its social context (part 1)

In this interview to Sophie Houdart taken at the Cerisy Cultural Centre, we debated on the many links between the ethnography of science and the interrogation on responsible innovation. The work of Sophie Houdart brings to the fore many important categories, that of fact and that of event, the idea of a moral responsibility of the scientist for the kind of "objects" he/she creates in the laboratory, and the scientist's awareness of the relevance of their work for society at large. - More More

by Redazione FGB, 23 November 2007 Permalink

Sophie Houdart
Categories anthropology

How to map complex issues?

In this interview, taken at the Cerisy colloquium organised by Bruno Latour and Philippe Descola on "L'anthropologie historique de la raison scientifique", (July 12th- 19th 2006), Cristina Grasseni gathered Bruno Latour's view s on responsible innovation and its relevance to the research agenda of historians, anthropologists, philosophers and sociologists of science. - More More

by Redazione FGB, 11 June 2007 Permalink

foto Franz Wamhof (part)
See also: Latour in the Call fro Comment Which responsibility?

Second thoughts on responsibility

"From Causality to Responsibility: Steps towards the Unknown" by Mariachiara Tallacchini. Contemporary scientific knowledge is characterized increasingly by uncertainty (O'Riordan and Cameron, 1994). This is due not only because both the risks and the unpredictability linked to it are increasing, but... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 24 June 2006 Permalink

Steps towards the Unknown

'Which responsibility?' Chiusura del call

Chiudendo questo call for comments sullo statuto corrente della responsabilità dell'innovazione, ringrazio tutti coloro che hanno partecipato e si sono interrogati sulle questioni poste. Gli interventi - come era naturale... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 2 April 2006 Permalink


Which responsibility? -part 2- (...continues from the previous entry)

First of all thanks to all those who have so far contributed to this call for comments, which I plan to close on April 1st. I briefly recapitulate the line... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 19 March 2006 Permalink


Which responsibility? - part 1- ...This call for comments continues in the next entry...

The ambitious goal of this call is that of initiating an exploration of possible ways of reflecting on the concepts of responsibility and innovation, without losing sight of the social,... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 2 February 2006 Permalink


Practice and Cognition, an anthropological view

About the topic, already touched upon in the previous posts, of the role played by communities of practice in the processes of emergence and management of innovation, I wish to... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 14 November 2005 Permalink

to mould
Categories anthropology, arts

Art and innovation

This is the first of a series of reviews that Valentina Porcellana will present on the anthropology of art as innovation. Many aspects of artistic practice are linked to the... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 12 September 2005 Permalink

Installation at the Arte al Centro in Cittadellarte
Categories anthropology, arts

'Audit Cultures', by Marilyn Strathern - Book review

In her edited collection Audit Cultures published in 2000 by Routledge, one of the leading figures of British anthropology, Marilyn Strathern, sets out to chart a new "kind of culture... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 22 July 2005 Permalink

Audit Cultures

Slow food, fast genes: the different timescapes of innovation and responsibility in the anthropology of food (2)

(continuing from "Slow food, fast genes... (1)") Timescapes of authenticity Innovation or creativity: which is the best concept for explaining the kind of novelty that affects our daily consumption of... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 6 June 2005 Permalink

pasture product

Slow food, fast genes: the different timescapes of innovation and responsibility in the anthropology of food (1)

This is a first attempt at focussing on issues and questions of timescapes, responsibility and creativity with regard to the issue of the production and consumption of food in contemporary Italy. - More More

by Redazione FGB, 5 June 2005 Permalink



This space is devoted to the anthropology of innovation and strives to offer both a service to the readers and a scientific contribution. The aim is precisely to try and... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 4 June 2005 Permalink

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