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Doing and undoing regulation 
Stephanie Postar (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Gisa Weszkalnys (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))
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Dagna Rams (London School of Economics)
Anna Weichselbraun (University of Vienna)
Tuesday 23 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel explores regulation as a contested sociocultural practice. We will examine regulation as generative of social worlds, asking what epistemologies and ethics regulation forges, how actors ‘socialize’ regulatory practice, and about the trajectories of un/doing regulation in a changing world.

Long Abstract:

This panel explores regulation as a ubiquitous and contested sociocultural practice. Regulation aims to manage complex systems; to reduce difference, volatility, and opacity; and, where necessary, to prevent harm and ‘do better’. It puts private action under public scrutiny and creates new objects and processes to be scrutinized. In doing so, it is said to reduce risk and generate trust. Although frequently understood as a prerogative of the state, it can involve a variety of individual and collective actors and entities. Its fields of application cross scales and worlds, from manmade and natural. However, given its propensity to generate unintended results, excesses, and failures, regulation’s adequacy is often in doubt.

This panel seeks papers that engage regulation ethnographically and in a variety of contexts, from the state and public institutions to supranational and corporate entities, and in reference to collective as well as personal conduct. We welcome contributions that draw on cross-disciplinary, feminist, and decolonizing approaches.

Some of the issues contributors may wish to examine include:

- regulation’s epistemic and ethical assumptions and effects, including the (re)organization and creation of new actors, institutional capacities, responsibilities, and regulatory objects;

- the labour involved in ‘socialising’ regulatory practice;

- the relationships and responses regulation elicits from its human and more-than-human subjects;

- regulatory techniques and modes of assessment and measurement;

- changing perceptions of regulation that render it legitimate or otherwise;

- processes of undoing, reshaping, or reforming existing regulation in relation to a changing world

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Session 1 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -