Invited Speakers

Theodore M. Porter

Theodore M. Porter is professor of history at University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. in History/History of Science from Princeton University. Professor Porter also held numerous visiting appointments in the U.S. and Europe (France, Germany, The Netherlands, and the UK). He has researched extensively on the history of the social sciences, statistics, and on quantification and numbers as social technology and social phenomena. His published books include The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820 1900 (1986), The Empire of Chance (1989, coauthor), Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life (1995), and Karl Pearson: The Scientific Life in a Statistical Age (2004). He also co-edited Cambridge History of Science: Modern Social Sciences (2003).

Donald Mackenzie

Donald Mackenzie is professor of sociology at the University of Edinburgh. He has researched in the fields of history and sociology of technologies, mathematics and statistics, and his more recent research focuses on the sociology of financial markets. He has been awarded an ESRC Professorial Fellowship for Social Studies on Finance. Professor Mackenzie has published extensively in this field in the last years in journals like Economy and Socitey, Organization Studies, Journal of the History of Social Thought. His recent books include Mechanizing Proof: Computing, Risk, and Trust (2001), An Engine, not a Camera: How Financial Models shape Markets (2006), and Do Economists Make Markets? On the Performativity of Economics (co-edited with Muniesa and Siu, 2007).


Wendy N. Espeland

Wendy Espeland is associate professor of sociology at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She works in the areas of organizations, culture, and law. Her recent research interests are on the effects of commensuration, the process of translating qualities into quantities in different areas like, e.g., rankings. Her book The Struggle for Water: Politics, Rationality and Identity in the American Southwest (1998) won several prizes. Her recent publications on rankings and accountability appeared in the American Sociological Review the American Journal of Sociology, and the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.


Norman Macintosh

Norman Macintosh is Professor Emeritus at Queen's School of Business, Kingston, Ontario. He has held numerous visiting positions all over the world. He has published widely in the field of interdisciplinary and critical accounting resarch. His current research explores the potential of poststructuralist thought for accounting research, including the works of Baudrillard, Derrida, Foucault, Lyotard, Bourdieu, and Wittgenstein, amongst others. Besides publishing widely in the major accounting journals, his books include Accounting, Accountants and Accountability: Poststructuralist Positions (2002) and Accounting, the social and political: Classics, contemporary and beyond (2005, with Trevor Hopper).


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