In the final plenary session, two distinguished social theorists will reflect on the sociology of contemporary knowledge practices and their relationship with local and global asymmetries and solidarities. In what way can the insights of science and technology studies help to challenge as well as explain the dynamics of technoscientific success and global standardisation in domains from science to economics? Can sovereignty over measurement and accountability be contested at the same time as expressing universal, intellectual and moral solidarity? How has the engagement of intellectuals with their publics changed in the modern era? What kinds of social and cultural capital do public intellectuals need in order to act authoritatively? The discussion will focus on possible answers to these questions, with particular reference to Europe and its diverse/shared geographies and histories.