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Public Lecture by Marion Fourcade (UC Berkeley)


From: Tuesday, April 09, 2019, 04:30pm

To: Tuesday, April 09, 2019, 07:00pm

Marion Fourcade lecture and seminar at CCA on April 9-10.

Classification Seminar public event - lecture by Marion Fourcade (UC Berkeley).

"The Type and the Grade: On the Institutional Scaffolding of the Judgement of Taste"

We tend to evaluate objects and people around us in two main ways: as types (i.e., having a particular quality) or as grades (i.e., being more or less). In this presentation, Marion Fourcade will dive into the world of wine, specifically contrasting the history of wine classification in Napa Valley (United States) and Burgundy (France), to analyze the socio-technical conditions under which these two different imaginaries developed, how they were stabilized through institutions and instruments, and how they continue to shape subjective perceptions --in this case the "taste" of wine.

Marion Fourcade is a Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2000 and is an alumni of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. A comparative sociologist by training and taste, she has analyzed in her work national variations in neoliberal transitions, political mores, valuation cultures, and economic knowledge. Ongoing collaborative research with Kieran Healy looks at the rise, consolidation and social consequences of new classificatory regimes powered by digital data and algorithms. Other current projects include the microsociology of courtroom exchanges (with Roi Livne); stratification processes in the social sciences (with Etienne Ollion); and the politics of wine classification and taste in France and the United States (with Rebecca Elliott and Olivier Jacquet). Professor Fourcade’s work has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, Socio-Economic Review, American Behavioral Scientist, Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Economic Perspectives and other outlets. She is a recipient of the Lewis Coser award for theoretical agenda setting, the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Book Award and the Ludwik Fleck prize for outstanding book in the area of science and technology studies (Society for the Social Studies of Science). Website:


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