Constitutions of Value: Acumen and Prognoses

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Hito Steyerl, Factory of the Sun (still), 2015. Single-channel video and environment. San José Museum of Art. Purchased jointly by Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San José Museum of Art; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, through the Board of Overseers Acquisitions Fund, August 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Queries concerning the production and distribution of economic value in national and transnational markets are once again on the spotlight. At the juncture of a rampageous climate crisis, technological innovations, and exponential inequalities, these questions have become the focal point of varied societal strives and political initiatives seeking to remodel contemporary economic orders to address these challenges. These deeds have been paralleled by a salient literature in the social sciences and the humanities that has taken up these questions from varied disciplinary angles as well, ranging from economics, sociology, anthropology, history, and aesthetics. The artifices of economic value are thus nowadays being reconsidered and updated as a matter of theory and praxis, envisioning renewed pathways of reform or transformation to meet shifting normative expectations and socio-ecological needs.

This workshop on ‘Constitutions of Value: Acumen and Prognoses’ is inspired by the book recently edited by Isabel Feichtner and Geoff Gordon (open access) engaging with the role of law within these dynamics of value production and distribution in contemporary political economies. What is the place of law within these dynamics? How does law relate or could relate to the broader socio-economic, political, historical, and cultural processes informing these dynamics? Are we stuck in old or dysfunctional paradigms of economic value and, if so, how could these paradigms be renovated or overcome? During the workshop we invite scholars from varied legal fields to reflect upon these and related questions. In this way the workshop seeks to foster cross-disciplinary synergies on how to collaboratively think, mobilise, and effectively intervene in contemporary economic orders to discern normative expectations and socio-ecological needs.

This workshop is convened by Dr. Rodrigo Vallejo (Copenhagen Law School, Centre for Private Governance) and Dr. Andrea Leiter (Amsterdam Law School, Amsterdam Centre for International Law, and Sustainable Global Economic Law) and funded by the European Union under a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant (Horizon-MSCA-2021-PF-01; Project Number: 101068203). Dr. Vallejo and Dr. Leiter conceive this workshop as an inaugural event of a collaborative research agenda and professional network based on their respective research projects ReValue (MSCA Grant, EU) and (Re-)Coding (VENI Grant, NWO) for the experimental study and re-enactments of the complex relationship between modes of economic valuing and their material, legal, and philosophical infrastructures. We warmly invite you to join the event and become part of this network.


Please download the programme here (pdf)


For physical attendance please register here                                                          (Deadline for physical registration: 22 November 09:00)

For online participation please register here

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This workshop is funded by the European Union’s Horizon Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under a Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship (Horizon-MSCA-2021-PF-01). Project Name: ReValue – Thinking Infrastructurally About Business Activities and Economic Value for a Socio-Ecological Transformation, MSCA Grant Nº101068203.