UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Economic Reason

Workshop – “Economic reason: intellectuals and think tanks in the late twentieth century”

The ECONPUBLIC project is hosting a workshop, on Friday 28 June 2013, which will examine historical change in the public interventions of intellectuals and think tanks. It is an emerging consensus that public opinion has been wrestled away from the words and performances of intellectuals to be increasingly managed and dictated by collectives of intellectuals such as think tanks and policy institutes. This workshop will review the state of the art of public history and sociology, and set out implications for future research on the modes and content of public economic knowledge.

Venue: Mill Lane Lecture Room 4 (MLR4), University of Cambridge

9:30-11:30 – Geoff Mulgan
‘Big ideas and little evidence? Reflections on thinktanks of the past, present and future’

Venue: Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

13:00-13:40 – Ben Jackson (University of Oxford)
‘New right intellectuals and new right think tanks: the case of the IEA’

13:40-14:20 – Simon Griffiths (Goldsmiths)
‘After the counter-revolution: think tanks and the emergence of New Labour’

14:20-15:00 – Philip Mirowski (University of Notre Dame)
”How Neoliberalism is Actualized by its Think Tank Perimeter’

15:00-15:30 – coffee break

15:30-16:10 – Patrick Baert (University of Cambridge)
‘Public intellectuals: Transformations in Positioning’

16:10-16:50 – Thomas Medvetz (University of California – San Diego)
‘Think Tanks and Cognitive Autonomy: Towards a Nietzschean View’

All welcome but as space is limited please contact us via email at hpsecon[includeat]hermes[dotty]cam[dot]ac[dot]uk to ensure a seat. There are advance papers available for circulation to those who will be attending.