Accepted Paper:

Is capital some sort of a semiotic syndrome and if so how and how come?  

Author:

Fabian Muniesa (Mines ParisTech)

Paper short abstract:

The paper speculates on the potentials of considering capital as a "semiotic syndrome" (i.e. a regime of signification that propels a particular state of reality), with specific attention to science-related "value creation".

Paper long abstract:

Drawing, on the one hand, on a discussion of the intellectual contributions of Michel Foucault ("veridiction", "gonvernmentality") and Gilles Deleuze and FĂ©lix Guattari ("collective assemblage of enunciation", "semiotics of capitalistic valuation"), and, on the other, on a reflection on a number of case studies in the field of science-related "value creation", the paper speculates on the potentials of considering capital as a "semiotic syndrome", i.e. a regime of signification controlled by an investment scenario in which becoming valuable means become asset.

Panel T005
Turning Things into Assets