Douglas Holmes:

Departmental Seminar Series features Douglas Holmes, Distinguished Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University.

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

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Research Profile

Douglas Holmes is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University. In his current research he ethnographically investigates the process of data-preparation and discussion prior to decision-making by the Bank of England’s Monetary and Financial Policy committees. The central question is whether knowledge of the narratives circulating in the economy, as picked up by the Bank’s agents—who manage a network of 9,000 contacts across the UK—can provide useful information about the current or future state of the economy. 

Douglas has written three ethnographic monographs: “Cultural Disenchantments: Worker Peasantries in Northeast Italy” (Princeton 1989), “Integral Europe: Fast-Capitalism, Multiculturalism, Neofascism” (Princeton 2000), and, “Economy of Words: Communicative Imperatives in Central Banks.”(Chicago 2014). 

He is also a member of a large collaborative project entitled: "Global Foresight: Anticipatory governance and the making of geo-cultural scenarios." The project investigates new modes of conceptualizing emerging global predicaments anticipating challenges that unfold across expansive geographies and extended time horizons. Christina Garsten (PI) has organized the project and secured funding from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond). Further information.

Published Jan. 9, 2020 10:58 AM - Last modified Jan. 9, 2020 6:38 PM