29 June - 1 July 2017
Lyon, France
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2017 – Lyon

What's Next? Disruptive/Collaborative Economy or Business as Usual?
Conference theme overview

Hotels, taxis, plumbers, tool sellers or hires, and car renters are all facing the challenges presented by the ever-growing number of apps and social networks that organize exchanges between non-professionals and ephemeral users. Many claim this is a radical transformation for the traditional economy. Although digital technologies are crucial to the development of this new form of economy, there is greater innovation in the new behaviors it generates, in the alternative forms of valuation it requires, and in the new social practices it implies than in the technologies themselves.

But these new forms of exchange may take rather different if not opposed paths. Some develop as a kind of anti-market alternative: these are based on swap – with one partner providing time or skills to another who reciprocally provides another skill or service – or even on altruism – as when one welcomes visitors for the sake of meeting and exchanging with new people. Collaboration, solidarity, reciprocity, and sharing play a strong role and are strong drivers in the development of forms of counter-institutional exchange. These exchanges take place not only on the Internet, but also in places that are neither workplace nor domicile. Are these collaborative spaces/communities (fablabs, hackerspaces, makerspaces, coworking spaces, etc.) reinventing the way we produce, work, innovate and exchange?

Solidary-based exchanges are quite different from those relying on monetary exchange and create new markets that compete with the more traditional ones. They directly challenge the monopoly built by professionals, disputing the necessity of professional skills for the activities concerned and thus disputing the exclusive access and control wielded by certain professional groups. They also challenge employment relationships, state regulation, institutionalized work, and the very valuation of the activities in question. Indeed, we are seeing the extension of collaborative habits developed on the Internet (sharing data, information, and knowledge) to organizations. Competition, deregulation (or even disruption), and conflicts over competence are major features of this development, which some consider the return of the commons.

Both forms of economy nevertheless raise similar issues. They question the conditions allowing for the development of these new forms of exchange. Allowing others to use one’s apartment or one’s car (for free or for money), sharing common goods, or producing in common (with open-source material) not only implies a relationship of trust on the part of borrowers, shared users, or producers, but also a certain relationship to one’s personal goods and to property more broadly.

The collaborative economy also has a policing function that should be explored in two ways: on the one hand, the continued vitality of exchange relies heavily on the reputation of partners, which is built upon the visibility of ratings obtained by both users and providers alike. Everyone assesses everyone else and thereby exercises control over the group. On the other hand, people are creating rules to organize and protect their common work from the “enclosures” of the market (creative commons licenses).

SASE’s 29th conference, to be held in Lyon from 29 June to 1 July 2017, will explore the various impacts of these new forms of exchange and production on different sectors in a comparative way. It will inquire about the future of the collaborative (and disruptive) economy – will it really and durably effect more traditional exchanges or, in the end, will it be business as usual?

The 2017 SASE conference in Lyon, France, hosted by the University of Lyon I from 29 June to 1 July 2017, will welcome contributions that explore new forms of economy, their particularities, their impact, their potential development, and their regulation.

President: Christine Musselin

Program Committee: Christine Musselin, David Vallat, Michel Lallement

Local Organizing Committee: David Vallat, Solange Perrel, Jérôme Blanc, Ludovic Frobert

Mini-Conference Themes

Each mini-conference will consist of 3 to 6 panels, which will be featured as a separate stream in the program. Each panel will have a discussant, meaning that selected participants must submit a completed paper in advance, by 1 June 2017. Submissions for panels will be open to all scholars on the basis of an extended abstract. If a paper proposal cannot be accommodated within a mini-conference, organizers will forward it to the most appropriate research network as a regular submission.

Collaborative Communities, What’s Next?
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sabine Sabine Carton
fabbri Julie Fabbri
martine-huyon Martine Huyon
magakian Jean-Louis Magakian
david-vallat_image-carre130-0 David Vallat
Competition in Digital Capitalism: New Patterns and New Rules
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sebastian-billows Sebastian Billows
timur ergen Timur Ergen
david-reinecke David Reinecke
scott viallet-thévenin Scott Viallet-Thévenin
Cultural Artifacts and Capitalist Democracies
detailed info
cathiejomartin Cathie Jo Martin
thatcher Mark Thatcher
Disruption and Experimentation in the Regulation of Work and Employment
detailed info
phil Phil Almond
Peter Peter Fairbrother
maria_c..gonzalez_menendez María González
christian.levesque Christian Lévesque
gregor-murray Gregor Murray
Employment Grey Zones in Globalisation: De-Salarisation or Transition towards a Collaborative Economy
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azais Christian Azaïs
patrick_dieuaide Patrick Dieuaide
Legal Intermediaries, between Business (as Usual) and Collective/Disruptive Economy, between Public Policies and Regulation
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pelisse Jérôme Pélisse
talesh-photo Shauhin Talesh
Markets and Beyond in the Digital Age
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JeanSamuel_Beuscart Jean-Samuel Beuscart
dave Dave Elder-Vass
mellet Kevin Mellet
oreglia Elisa Oreglia
janakisrinivasan Janaki Srinivasan
Politics of the Future, Policies in the Present
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antoine-de-raymond Antoine Bernard de Raymond
vincent-cardon Vincent Cardon
olivier-pilmis Olivier Pilmis
Re-embedding the Social:
 Cooperatives, Political Consumerism and Alternative Lifestyles
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FrancescaForno Francesca Forno
torsten-geelan Torsten Geelan
Paolo-Graziano-300x300 Paolo Graziano
lara Lara Monticelli
Regulating Platform Capitalism: The Emerging Role of Digital Intermediaries
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robert-bauer Robert M. Bauer
thomas-gegenhuber Thomas Gegenhuber
kirchner_foto_klein2 Stefan Kirchner
schu%cc%88sler Elke Schüßler
Seeking a More Just and Egalitarian Economy: Realizing the Future via Co-operatives, Communes, and Other Collectives
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katherinechenphotoforsase_11-22-16 Katherine Chen
cropped-jrothschild_1760x1600-300x272 Joyce Rothschild
Sharing Economy of Islam beyond Islamic Finance: Reconstructing Collaborative and Disruptive Economy from Islamic Moral Economy Perspective
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asutay Mehmet Asutay
aydin Necati Aydin
The Marketization of Everyday Life II
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anne-jourdain Anne Jourdain
sidon Sidonie Naulin
Transnational Governance of Global Production in a New Era of Information Sharing: Prospects and Challenges for Labor, Business, and the Environment
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nicole-helmerich Nicole Helmerich
sigrid-quack Sigrid Quack
raj-reichert Gale Raj-Reichert
zajak Sabrina Zajak

Featured Speakers

Find out more about the exceptional scholars giving featured talks at this year’s conference in Lyon.

Yochai Benkler
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Tim Jordan
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Helen Nissenbaum
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Juliet Schor
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Conference Submission and Award Guidelines

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SASE and the Université Claude Bernard – Lyon I have secured special rates for a number of hotels in Lyon.

Click the link below to choose your hotel and book a reservation:


Please note: The default dates proposed when you click the link to reserve are June 28-June 30. You can (and should!) change the dates to suit your schedule, and the SASE discount will still apply so long as your stay is between June 27th and July 2nd. If you would like to stay for longer on either end, you can contact the hotel in question.

There will be fewer rooms available after April 27th, and none left after May 27th.

Author meets Critics

For SASE Lyon 2017 a great selection of ‘Author meets Critics’ sessions have been organised, see the list of books and discussants


The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South – Juliana Martinez-Franzoni and Diego Sanchez-Anchonea

Discussants: Anke Hassel / Bruno Palier / Andrew Schrank

L'rdre de la dette - Lemoine

L’order de la dette: Enquête sur les infortunes de l’État et la prospérité du marché – Benjamin Lemoine

Discussants: Robert Boyer / Hadrien Clouet / Erhard Friedberg

Capitals without Borders - Wealth managers and the One Percent

Capitals without borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent – Brooke Harrington

Discussants: Olivier Godechot / Karin Knorr-Cetina / Patrick Inglis


Enrichissmenet – Luc Boltanski and Arnaud Esquerre

Discussants: Suzanne Berger/ Ashley Mears / Guillaume Yon

Profit and Gift in the digital economy - Elder-Vass

Profit and Gift in the Digital Economy – Dave Elder-Vass

Discussants: Jens Beckert / Yochai Benkler / Dean Curran / Linsey Mcgoey

Rethinking Financial Reporting - Sunder

Rethinking Financial Reporting: Standards, Norms and Institutions – Shyam Sunder

Discussants: Colin Haslam / Karthik Ramanna / Paul F Williams

Engines of Anxiety - Espeland Saunder

Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability – Wendy Espeland

Discussants: Marion Fourcade / Andrea Mennicken / Christine Musselin