Valeria Siniscalchi: "Money, calculation and value(s): the economic and political spaces of activism"

Departmental Seminar Series features Valeria Siniscalchi, President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (2017-19) and Full Professor at the EHESS and member of the Research Centre Norbert Elias, Marseille.

The seminar is followed by informal gathering, at which refreshments are served. All are welcome!

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Activism and mobilizations push us to explore the interweaving between economic and political dimensions. Mobilizations are also an excellent way to analyse contemporary, economic and political transformations. By questioning the relationships of production and power, and the neoliberal economic system, individuals rethink forms of production, distribution, exchange, and consumption. This presentation pays attention to the place of money and calculation in different kinds of activism and mobilizations – most of over in the field of food activism (Counihan and Siniscalchi 2014)–, by analysing case studies in which money is either obscured or placed openly in the centre of the political arena. By rethinking money, calculation and the production of value(s), individuals contribute to the reconfiguration of economic spaces –places of production, work spaces, networks of exchange and distribution– that become also political spaces. Thanks to a joint work with a photographer, Franco Zecchin, this presentation pays attention to the visual dimension of ethnography (of money) as well, and to the articulation of different tools of enquire and analysis.

Research profile

Valeria Siniscalchi is current executive president of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. As full Professor at the EHESS and member of the Research Centre Norbert Elias, Professor Siniscalchi directs the PhD program in Social Sciences (EHESS-Marseille) and the "Comparative research in anthropology, history and sociology" of the master’s degree in social sciences at EHESS.

Valeria Siniscalchi is a social anthropologist whose research interests include economic anthropology, the politics of nature, industrial work and districts, food activism and the relationship between food, social movements and politics. Professor Siniscalchi has done extensive research in the northern and southern part of Italy, in the French Alps and inside the Slow Food movement. She coordinates an interdisciplinary project on food production and consumption and short chains of distribution. Her forthcoming book is entitled “Slow Food: The Economy and Politics of a Global Movement” (expected 4 April 2019, Bloomsbury Academic).

Her publications also include Antropologia culturale. Un’introduzione (2001, 2009, 2012 Roma, Carocci) and the edited volumes Frammenti di economie. Ricerche di antropologia economica in Italia (Cosenza, 2002) and Food Activism. Agency, Democracy and Economy (2014, London, Bloomsbury, with Carole Counihan). Further information

Published May 30, 2018 3:35 PM - Last modified Oct. 17, 2018 12:52 PM