We are very pleased to announce that José Ossandón has joined the Journal of Cultural Economy editorial team as an Associate Editor.
José Ossandón is Associate Professor in Organization of Markets at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. He was educated as a sociologist at P. Universidad Católica in Chile and was awarded a PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London. His work relates to developments in economic sociology and anthropology, organization and science and technology studies, and social theory. His current research focuses on two main areas. The first area is ‘market design’, in particular, what he calls ‘the work put to make markets work’. He studies new areas of expertise that claim to be able to make markets to solve matters of collective concerns. The second area is domestic finance, where he tries to develop a bridge between studies of households’ mundane economic practices and analyses of the calculative devices produced by financial firms. He has edited several books and special issues, and his work has appeared in various international journals and books. In 2010, he initiated the collective blog Estudios de la Economía, where among others things, he has conducted a series of podcast interviews with leading socio-economic researchers.
I first encountered the term ‘cultural economy’ when I was a PhD student in the UK in the 2000s. At that time, the label meant different things. It was a way to name a type of (post-industrial) economy, where cultural and symbolic goods became more relevant. It named too, a ‘cultural’ approach to the study of economic things. And, it became also, the name for a new type of ‘studies’, a place of encounter for researchers from different social scientific disciplines (anthropology, geography, history, sociology, STS) interested in studying the economy. I think JCE has become the house that hosts all these things. I started following the journal with interest since it began. In the last few years I have become increasingly involved in it. A paper of mine was published in a special issue in 2014, I was involved in a book debate published in 2016, and I have peer reviewed a couple of times. It was, then, not very difficult to accept the invitation to join the editorial team more formally. About my expectations as Associate Editor. I hope I will be able to assist in the production of many exiting and excellent new papers. I can say also that I am looking forward to be as helpful as possible in making JCE the house for the future meanings that the label ‘cultural economy’ will acquire.
Welcome to José!