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Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to introduce the two Keynote Speakers for the 2014 Annual Conference:

Thursday 3rd July
10.30am – 6.30pm
 
Keynote 1: Professor Bob Jessop, Lancaster University

Crisis construals and crisis management: interpretive power, interpretive authority, and learning in, through, and from crisis

Friday 4th July

8.30am – 3.45pm 
 
Keynote 2: Professor Karel Williams, Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester

Devolution as Economic Experiment


Keynote Speeches

BJ-Photo_copy.jpgBob Jessop is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre at Lancaster University. 

Crisis construals and crisis management: interpretive power, interpretive authority, and learning in, through, and from crisis

Professor Bob Jessop

Crises are objectively overdetermined, subjectively indeterminate phenomena. They can be interpreted as events and/or processes. In this lecture Bob Jessop explores the nature of crises, the proliferation of crisis construals when they break out, the reasons why some construals are more likely to be taken as the basis for crisis-management and why some are more successful than others, and why sometimes interpretive authority matters more than the hegemonic appeal of a competing crisis construals to crisis-management. In this context, he also considers how different social forces react to the disorientation that crises typically produce and the ways in which actors learn in, through, and from crisis. The lecture is illustrated from the presenter’s ESRC research project on crises of crisis-management in the North Atlantic Financial Crisis and the Eurozone crisis.

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Karel Williams is a Professor of Accounting and Political Economy at Manchester Business School & 
Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio Cultural Change,
University of Manchester

Biographies

Professor Bob Jessop is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre at Lancaster University. He is best known for his work on state theory, critical political economy, welfare state restructuring, and, most recently, cultural political economy. He also has continuing interests in socio-spatiality, multi-spatial metagovernance, and financialization. He finished a 3.5 year ESRC Professorial Fellowship in September 2013 and is now completing a book on crises of crisis-management in the North Atlantic Financial Crisis. He has a personal website at bobjessop.org, where further information and many papers are available for download.

Professor Karel Williams is Director of the ESRC funded Centre for Research on Socio Cultural Change and a professor at Manchester Business School. He works with  a team whose social interests in  elite power and the limits of technocracy combines with innovative research on financial crisis and banking reform and practical economic work on industrial policy and regeneration. They publish academic articles and books like After the Great Complacence (OUP 2011) as well as public interest "follow the money" reports on sectors like Bringing Home the Bacon (2012) on supermarkets or The Great Train Robbery (2013). Recent foundational economy research, on the cresc.ac.uk web site, brings many of these themes together.

 

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