Paper at TCS Philosophy & Literature Conference 2019, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria, May 29th – June 2nd, 2019
Now published in City, Culture and Society
An analysis of the city through its crystallising processes is here proposed. Because crystallisation involves phase transition, a review of the latter, as well of the notion of phase in its relation to order, is first submitted. Then the question is posed: Can we suggest that cities have phases? What would it imply to study cities as “phased beings”, or phased phenomena? Which characteristics of crystalline phases can prove most relevant for cities? The paper explores crystallisation as a lens for understanding spatial order, temporality, individuality and perception in the course, and in the context, of the urban process and urban life.
Urban phases; Urban crystallisation; Crystal growth; Crystalline life; Crystallised cities; Urban perception; Urban individuality
Now out at: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/ssic/58/2
Measurements and their limits – Editorial
David Jaclin, Peter Wagner
Umwelt-measures. On extensive and intensive measures: Introduction to the special issue ‘Theorising measures, rankings and metrics’
Andrea Mubi Brighenti
Ethical dimensions of quantification
Wendy Espeland, Vincent Yung
Commensuration, compromises and critical capacities: Wage determination in collective firms
Evaluations as value-measurement links: Exploring metrics and meanings in science
Felicitas Hesselmann, Cornelia Schendzielorz
The role of measurement in theorising about the world
Nicole Holzhauser, Frank Eggert
When reactivity fails: The limited effects of hospital rankings
Introduction to the special issue ‘Theorising measures, rankings and metrics’
The whole Special Issue is due to appear soon…
A speech I’m giving at
The Role of Visibility in Academic Evaluation.
(E)Valuation Studies in Science and Higher Education
November 15‐16, 2018
Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin
Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin
NOW OUT in TASTE • Law and the Senses book series (Eds. Andrea Pavoni, Danilo Mandic, Caterina Nirta, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos). London: University of Westminster Press.
Available in Open Access – https://www.uwestminsterpress.co.uk/site/books/10.16997/book21/
Now published in Theory, Culture & Society 35(1) http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/tcsa/35/1
Issues of measure and measurement, and their relation to value and values, are of concern in several major threads in contemporary social theory and social research. In this paper, the notion of ‘measure-value environments’ is introduced as a theoretical lens through which the life of measures can be better understood. A number of points are made which represent both a continuation and a slight change in emphasis vis-à-vis the existing scholarship. First, it is argued that the relation between measure and value is necessarily circular – better, entangled. Second, a conceptualisation of measures as territorialising devices is advanced. Third, importance is given to the fact that measures are not simply tools in our hands, they are also environments in which we live. Fourth, attention is drawn to the fact that the unit (n=1) is not just a quantitative happening among others, but is qualitatively distinct.
The Social Life of Measures (pre-print version)
On Foucault’s Kehre towards the Subject
A chapter in Andreas Oberprantacher & Andrei Siclodi (Eds.) Subjectivation in Political Theory and Contemporary Practices
Published in The Unbounded Level of the Mind. Rod Macdonald’s Legal Imagination.
Edited by Richard Janda, Rosalie Jukier and Daniel Jutras. McGill University Press, 2015.
My tribute to the great scholar and professor Rod Macdonald (1948-2014), a questioner and an inspirer by all means.
Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lunds Tekniska Högskola, Lund University, December 2, 2014
In this lecture, I would like to imagine some ways in which we may study temporality in the city and the built environment. In the first part, I present a theorization of time that draws from the lineage Bergson-Deleuze. I explore in some details the notion of ‘the instant’ as it appears in Deleuze’s The Logic of Sense (1969), and how this notion relates to two distinct images of time, namely aiòn and chronos. Subsequently, I would like to puzzle about how these philosophical images could be productively employed to examine urban spacestimes, rhythms and territories on the making. To this aim, I resort to the ‘tensed entwinement’ of logistics and the event. Logistics, which is originally a military art, concerns the calculated dispatching and delivering of goods to the right place at the right time. As such, it is part of a broader attempt at governing flows in the city. Thus, the interpretive framework in which I would suggest to place logistics is Foucault’s notion of ‘liberal governmentality’, as elaborated in particular in The birth of biopolitics (1979). On the other hand, Foucault’s analysis of freedom as a governmental notion also introduced the notion of ‘possible event’ as a phenomenon and object to be incorporated into a distinctive calculation. My argument is that an unresolved tension remains between logistic calculation and the event. Different images of time may help us to capture what is at stake here. The third and conclusive part of the lecture will consist in setting up a series of open questions which could potentially outline a research agenda for urban and architectural research aiming at bringing temporality into the focus of spatial analysis.
Materials, Episteme and Politics of Cluttered Social Formations
This book proposes a historical-conceptual journey into the cluttered social formations that have remained outside of mainstream sociology. In particular, it reviews urban crowds, mediated publics, global masses, population, the sovereign people and the multitude and addresses the question: ‘What is the building block of the social?’.
1. Multiplicities Old and New
2. Urban Crowds, Mediated Publics and Global Masses
3. Population, ‘the People’ and the Multitude
4. What is the Building Block of the Social? Episteme of the One and the Many
5. Across and Within: Issues of Virality, Imitation and Reactivity
Conclusions: Visible Multiplicities and Layered Individuals
Download full book in pdf here : brighenti-2014-the-ambiguous-multiplicities
Con Pierangelo Schiera, sto organizzando un ciclo di seminari su “territorio e misura”.
Per iscriversi | firstname.lastname@example.org
in Nebulosa – Zeitschrift für Sichtbarkeit und Sozialität, no. 1: 16-32