3/30: Yes, it’s kind of an unnecessary detour, but I am very much enjoying reading Renaissance artists’ letters.
“There is no profession – among those that the Most High, in order to manifest His Divine Omnipotence, has infused into the minds of men – in which you may expect less happiness and contentment than in painting. For a painter, before he can attain even a moderate degree of perfection, has to submit to so many drudgeries and toils, that they exceed human credibility. Nor, after so much sweating, may he expect even a little applause unless some wind of favorable fortune turns up to blow him into the harbor. Wherefore it often happens that his life ends in misery and want.”
3/11: At the Swedish biennial sociology conference parties are in castles and there is always assigned seating like at a wedding. There were also songs about sociology and sociology-themed stand-up, including a complicated joke about birth rates that involved puns on letting sleeping dogs lie and kicking a man when he’s down. Demography jokes.
1/21: Together with Anna Lund and Hedvig Gröndal I’m organizing the cultural sociology panels for this year’s Sociologidagarna. Pierre-Michel Menger is one of the keynotes, which is probably gonna be amazing. Get yr abstracts in on time.
1/15: Thanks so much to Art League Houston and especially to Carrie Schneider and Jennie Ash for making Deal or No Deal happen at Charge 2016! A special tip of the hat to Autumn Knight, Stephanie Saint Sanchez, and Cassie Thornton for letting me interview them onstage and for baring their souls; to Kenneth Bailey for his work as the twenty lovely ladies; and to all of the contestants.
10/7: In Florence for the 4th European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity, and Economy, where I’ll talk about a paper Clayton and I are working on about artistic autonomy.
9/23: On my way home from an amazing convening at Hand-in-Glove. Thanks to everyone, most especially Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker from Works Progress, Lacey Prpić Hedtke from the Soap Factory, and my copanelists Lisa Dent, Wing Young Huie, and Lise Soskolne / WAGE. If you missed it, you can watch the panels here, and Common Field is now a real thing that you should check out. Hope to see you all soon.
9/15: I’m getting ready and getting excited for Hand-in-Glove later this week. There’s a reading list if you feel like getting bookish for the next few days (see if you can spot my recommendations! fun party game!). And there’s a little something that I wrote about art, which you can find here below the editorial statement. See you at the Soap Factory soon.
9/1: This fall I’ll be teaching on a couple of new courses: An introduction to the social analysis of economy and organization in a new interdisciplinary master’s program that’s a collaboration between economic sociology, economic geography, economic history, and business studies; marketing and organization 1 in the business studies department; and economic geography in my own department. Onwards!