Futures of finance and society, 2018
University of Edinburgh, 6-7 December

Organisers: Nathan Coombs, Tod Van Gunten
Keynotes: Donald MacKenzie, Annelise Riles, Gillian Tett
Sponsors: Edinburgh Futures Institute/University of Edinburgh

Call for papers available here


Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the settlement between finance and society remains ambiguous. Regulation has been tightened in traditional areas like banking, against a backdrop of fiscal austerity and the proliferation of new monies, financial platforms and investment vehicles. Building on the success of the Finance and Society Network’s previous ‘Intersections of finance and society’ conferences, ‘Futures of finance and society’ asks what new social, organisational and political forms are emerging and what direction they should take.

This two-day event, based at the University of Edinburgh’s historic Medical Quad, aims to deepen dialogue between the diverse disciplines contributing to the field of ‘finance and society’ studies. It seeks to develop new synergies between political, sociological, historical, and philosophical perspectives. In addition to providing a venue for presenting ongoing empirical and theoretical research, contributors are invited to propose and debate potential solutions for improving financial stability, expanding financial inclusion, and mitigating inequalities associated with financialisation.

The conference is organised through the Finance and Society Network (FSN), in association with the journal Finance and Society, the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (SPS).

Confirmed keynotes:

  • ‘Finance studies twenty years after Callon’, Donald MacKenzie (University of Edinburgh)
  • ‘Financial citizenship: Experts, publics, and the politics of central banking’, Annelise Riles (Cornell Law School)
  • ‘Financial cultures and financial crises’, Gillian Tett (Financial Times)

Contributions are invited in two formats:

  • Papers; abstract of up to 300 words
  • Panels; abstract of 100 words plus 3-4 paper abstracts up to 300 words

Themes on which we encourage contributions include:

  • Sociology of financial markets
  • Finance and social theory
  • Finance and inequality
  • Heterodox economics and finance theory
  • Gender and finance
  • Derivative and structured finance
  • Central banking and shadow banking
  • Financial crises, past and present
  • Financial regulation and state activism
  • Temporality, historicity, futurity, fictional expectations
  • Financial modelling and forecasting
  • Theology and finance
  • Finance and social reproduction
  • Finance and neoliberalism
  • New perspectives on financialisation
  • Financial markets and the digital economy
  • Financial technology
  • Money, financial markets, and psychoanalysis
  • Popular cultures of finance
  • Financialisation and contemporary art markets
  • Contemporary art practice in the age of finance

Please submit abstracts and proposals by 1 September 2018 to Nathan Coombs and Tod Van Gunten at the following address: futuresfinancesociety-at-gmail-dot-com

The editors of Finance and Society are encouraging paper submissions from conference participants.
For more information on the journal please visit: http://financeandsociety.ed.ac.uk

More information on last year’s FSN event is available on the 2017 conference website: https://intersectionsfinancesociety.wordpress.com/

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This is a message from Andrew Lakoff via Martha Poon, about what looks to be a very exciting session in November.

4S Annual Meeting

*Scheduled Time:* Thu, Nov 3 – 10:30am – 12:00pm
*Building/Room:* Crowne Plaza, Fuldheim
*Title Displayed in Event Calendar:
*Author Meets Critics – Marion Fourcade, Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain and France, 1890s to 1990s

Session Participants:

Chair: Andrew Lakoff (UCSD)

Discussant: Ted Porter (UCLA)

Discussant: Mary S. Morgan (London School of Economics)

Discussant: Daniel Breslau (Virginia Tech)

Discussant: Marion Fourcade (UC Berkeley)

Hat tip to IPK Cultures of Finance: the website of UCSC Rethinking Capitalism offers a nice webcast series. I would like to recommend for example Bill Maurer’s excellent talk here.

Thought this summer school, primarily aimed at PhD students & early career researchers, might be of interest to readers of this blog. Titled the ‘Critical Economies Summer School’ (CES), guest speakers include John O’Neill (University of Manchester), Laurent Thévenot (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) and Clive Spash (Vienna University of Economics and Business). The event will address three main topics: Environmental values and valuation, Environmental markets & Public decisions and the environment. Deadline for submissions is April 15th 2011.

More detailed information can be found on the CES website.

Blog readers may be interested in the call for papers for a sub-theme on “Markets Inside the Ecological Revolution” at the 2011 EGOS Colloquium. The sub-theme is not SSF-centered but remains open to SSF-related topics:

“At the time this subtheme abstract was being drafted, burning kerosene for academic purposes (e.g. getting to this conference by plane) was still considered okay. Perhaps this is not the case anymore in the summer of 2011. We are waiting for a revolution that is already happening, a truly global revolution, a revolution of people and things, a revolution of the earth, a revolution that ought to affect the way democracy operates, the way business is done, the way innovation is considered and the way daily life gets organized. In particular, this thing that we call the “market economy” will be put to the test by the ecological revolution, perhaps violently.

Within the ecological revolution “shifting assemblies” and “shifting assemblages” intermingle together. The organizing dynamics associated with markets inside the ecological revolution thus posits itself as a most suitable topic for organizational inquiry and as a fine occasion for productive discussion in this colloquium. Assemblages do shift as new experiments, new products, new actors, new value metrics, new institutions and new instruments struggle to come into existence. The idea of “markets” is considered here in the wide sense of multiple, collective arrangements for economic exchange and valuation. The notion of “ecological revolution” does also encompass an open variety of areas: climate change, energy, green technology, natural resources, pollutants, food industry and agriculture, transportation, etc.

Researchers are called upon to think through these exceptional transformations in assemblages and shifts in agencies. Multiple social-scientific perspectives are possible, and are all most welcome. But one thing is rather clear: as the ecological revolution keeps on making it explicit, the materiality of collective existence cannot go unnoticed anymore within the social sciences. Inquiry into human institutions and cognitive practices is to include, at its core, an examination of the material assemblages that organize and disorganize them. Emphasis is put on case studies and empirical investigation, not on purely theoretical disquisitions. Contributors are also expected to be familiar with discussions on the topic of “organizing markets” in economic sociology, in new institutionalism, in science and technology studies, in innovation economics or in organization studies at large.

How does the ecological revolution affect uncertainty in valuation? How is the value and the cost of a new technology demonstrated? Is there something wrong with current value metrics? How is political concernment instilled into markets? Is ecological militancy compatible with corporate interests? Is green consumer conduct a suitable object for economic engineering? Are there viable experiments for a massive internalization of externalities? Do economic incentives make sense as ecological devices? Is it the right time for liberalization? Is the ecological revolution an accounting revolution? Is it a trading revolution? Can technological lock-in hold as a fair excuse against a political transformation of markets? What are the costs of change, and how are they calculated? How are market problems and market solutions framed in the ecological revolution? These and similar questions will be tackled through in-depth discussion of submitted contributions.”

More details about the sub-themes and its convenors here. Guidelines and submission criteria here (deadline 16 January 2011).

Hooray for SSF!

August 15, 2010

Just got back to my hotel from the SocFinance meet-up here at ASA. In spite of a few hiccups (namely, the bar we attempted to meet at being closed), I would say it was a big success! Topics of discussion included strategies for the blog for the coming year, the very successful panel sessions organized by Yuval MIllo today, and the usefulness of the near legendary performativity debates.

I look forward to keeping up with everyone from the meet-up, and I hope to see everyone again (and anyone who couldn’t make it tonight!) at the blogger party, on Monday at 8:30pm at Max Lager’s on Peachtree!

The program of the Reembedding Finance Workshop in Paris (20-21 May 2010) is now available here, also as pdf.