Masterclass with Janet Roitman

The School of Archaeology and Anthropology together with the College of Asia-Pacific, and the Capitalism Studies Network are organizing a Science and Technology Masterclass for honours and HDR students with Janet Roitman on the 21st of May, 2024, from 10 AM to 1 PM.

The masterclass will focus on the concept of value and value production. To introduce students to Janet’s work and her unique perspective on questions of value she has suggested the attached interview (Anti-Crisis: Thinking with and Against Crisis). Further readings will be announced closer to the date.

Janet Roitman is Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on financial practices and the anthropology of value. She is the author of Fiscal Disobedience: An Anthropology of Economic Regulation in Central Africa (Princeton University Press, 2005) and Anti-Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013). Her current work is on the role of digital technologies in emergent financial ecosystems. She is founder-director of The Platform Economies Research Network and Associate Member of the Centre for Automated Decision-making and Society (ADM+S) in Australia. She sits on the editorial boards of Platforms & Society, The Journal of Cultural Economy and Cultural Anthropology, and the advisory boards of Finance & Society and The Platform Cooperativism Consortium. Prior to joining RMIT, Janet was a University Professor at The New School in New York and an instructor at Sciences-po, Paris. Her research has received support from the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Institute for Public Knowledge, and The National Science Foundation.

If you are interested in registering, please send a short (50 word) description of your current research project to Adam Sargent ( by 10th May.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Date & time

Tue 21 May 2024, 10am–1pm


Seminar Room 2, Banks Building #44, Linnaeous Way


Janet Roitman, RMIT University


Adam Sargent


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