The Blackboxing of Expert Judgment

Evening Lecture by Michèle Lamont (Harvard)

Responding to recent calls for the comparative study of evaluation, this lecture explores how judgments get black-boxed in three different worlds of worth: the worlds of art, science, and business. More specifically, we consider fiction reviewers, peer review in the social sciences and the humanities, and management consultants. We compare these cases along various lines: as distinct cultural-professional worlds, replete with their own professional ideologies regarding definitions of excellence, conceptions of work, standards of practice, and evaluative cultures. We draw broad conclusion concerning differences in black-boxing processes across occupational fields.

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, Room 2094