Seminar "The Political Ontology of Corporate Responsibility research" with Marisol de la Cadena, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California

On Wednesday August 15 from 09:30 to 11:30hrs at Hanken School of Economics, Arkadiankatu 22, 00100 Helsinki, Room A411

Agenda of the seminar:

•    "Alliances: Interests in Common that are not the same interest", Marisol de la Cadena, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California  (1)
•    “Engaging ethnographically with diverging interpretations of scientific indeterminacy: Fishers' and scientists' worlds”. Liina-Maija Quist, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Helsinki (2)
•    “Emotional and embodied connections with research subjects in the process of research”. Tiina Jääskeläinen, doctoral researcher, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics (3)
•    “Methodological reflections on CSR research in the borderlands of absences and presences”. Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes, post-doctoral researcher, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics (4)

•    Discussion with the audience


The context in which Corporate Responsibility research is located is often immersed in multiple diverging and at times conflicting ontologies. How do we as researchers relate, make sense and construct research about the worlds of these non-modern others? Whose ontologies are given preferences in the analysis and in the final outcome of our work? Together with one of the most renowned researchers on the topic of ‘Political Ontology’, Professor Marisol de la Cadena from University of California, we invite you to this seminar to jointly reflect on the implications of the ontological politics of our work.
Fom left to right: Tiina, Maria, Liina Maija and Marisol


About the speakers:
(1)    Marisol de la Cadena is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California.  Her research interests are located at the interface between STS and non-STS, and they include the study politics, multispecies (or multi-entities) relations, indigeneity, history and the a-historical, world anthropologies and the anthropologies of worlds. In all these areas, her concern is the relationship between concepts and methods, and interfaces as analytical sites. Her recent book Earth Beings. Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds (2015) is based on conversations with two Quechua speaking men that lived in Cuzco (Peru). Through these conversations they think together about life at the intriguing crossroads where modern politics (and history) and earth-beings (and the ahistorical) meet and diverge, thus exceeding each other. The book is an ethnography concerned with the concreteness of incommensurability and the eventfulness of the ahistorical.
(2)    Liina Maija Quist is a post-doctoral researcher in Environmental Policy at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on coastal and marine resource governance and socio-environmental conflicts. In her PhD (2018) she examined how shifting logics of governance compete with local environmental knowledges, fragmented subaltern networks and media narratives in an environmental conflict in the Gulf of Mexico.
(3)    Tiina Jääskeläinen is currently a doctoral student at Hanken School of Economics with a Master degree in Geography from University of Helsinki. Her PhD focuses on the Sámi ways of life and disruptions to livelihood-based futures in the assembling of ´new´ Arctic. Her research interests include epistemological pluralism, decoloniality, indigenous peoples´ rights, environmental governance and conflicts, corporate responsibility.
(4)    Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes is a post-doctoral researcher at University of Tampere and Hanken School of Economics. Her research focus on a broad spectrum of corporate-community relations in the forestry sector in South America, as well as the sustainability of self-organised local food networks in the Nordic context.