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Scared of a Downgrade?

03 November 2016
12:15 - 13:30

Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti
Professor of Political Economy & Jean Monnet Chair in Regional Integration and Governance, University of Pretoria

Date:     3 November 2016 

Time:     12:15 – 13:30 

    VCRs in Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth

In this seminar, Lorenzo Fioramonti provides a critique of the current ‘data fever’, especially in the context of credit ratings and international benchmarks, showing both the direct consequences and indirect implications of the increasing power of numbers.

At the same time, it investigates innovative attempts to resist the invasion of mainstream statistics by providing alternative measurements or rejecting quantification altogether. An innovative and timely exposé of the politics, power and contestation of numbers in everyday life; the presentation will feed into a discussion around possible alternative measures of poverty, livelihood, and well-being in the South African context.

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST

Kindly RSVP by 1 November 2016

Cape Town : HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town. Contact: Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban :  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: