Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Daniel Fridman — Economía in the wild: The making of a museum of economics in Mexico

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street

Opened by Mexico’s Central Bank in 2006, the Museo Interactivo de Economía (MIDE) is one of the few museums in the world devoted exclusively to economics and finance, and the only one of its kind in Latin America. MIDE represents an unprecedented effort to present economics to the Mexican general public. Based on interviews with economists, public officials, designers, and museographers, Fridman's research reconstructs the process of turning economics into a museum. It asks how different forms of expertise interact in such a project; how the normative and technical aspects of economics are negotiated; how economic expertise is transformed in order to reach broader publics; and it examines the role of Central Banks as cultural and political actors in Latin America.

Development and Governance Seminar

Daniel Fridman is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at UT-Austin. He received his PhD in Sociology from Columbia University, where he was a Mellon Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. Before joining UT-Austin in 2013, he taught at the University of Victoria and was a fellow at the Centro de Estudios Sociales de la Economía (CESE), Universidad Nacional de San Martín. He previously studied sociology at the University of Buenos Aires and worked for the National Statistics Institute in Argentina. Daniel is interested in the intersections of economy and culture, neoliberalism and financialization, economic policy in Latin America, consumer culture, gift-giving, the sociology of money, and the construction of economic subjects.