As part of a broader project – Performances of Value: Competition and Competitions Inside and Outside Markets – we call for papers for a workshop on Competition(s) that will take place on June 10-11, 2016 at the Copenhagen Business School. Costs for travel, lodging, and meals for workshop participants will be covered by a grant from The Leverhulme Trust. Organizers: David Stark (PI), Elena Esposito, Kristian Kreiner, Celia Lury, Fabian Muniesa, and Christine Musselin.

For more information about the project,


What’s valuable? This question – whether at the personal, organizational, or societal level

  • is increasingly being answered through various forms of competition. These can be through the prices of market competition but they can also be through the prizes of contests, ratings, rankings, and other forms of organized competitions.

The Competitions workshop will explore the relationship between market competition and organized competitions. The phrase, “they are competing,” might refer, for example, to banks competing on the credit card market. But, in addition to such market competition, it could also refer to organized competitions and games such as the World Cup, architectural competitions, book prizes, Twitter scores, university rankings and other types of contests. Thus, alongside market competition as a coordinating mechanism of valuation in the economy we also find organized competitions. In the first type we find actors competing on markets. In the second type, we find contests with entry rules, judges, and prizes granted to the announced winners. On one side, competition is an ongoing, seamless, and seemingly endless process; on the other, competitions are discrete, bounded in time and location.

While market competition has been the subject of sustained attention, studies of organized competitions are more scarce and are rarely brought together. For the Copenhagen workshop, we are particularly interested in studies of organized competitions, addressing questions such as (but not limited to) the following:

    • How are competitions (whether in sports, arts, business, politics, or science) staged and structured?
    • How do scoring systems evolve? How do new performance metrics emerge?
    • How do judges and juries go about reaching judgements?
    • What are the roles of audiences and experts?
    • What happens when forms of competition move from one domain to another?
    • How are social agents equipped with competitive dispositions? What devices, tools and settings enable forms of competitive agency?
    • Should we assume that everyone wants to win or that everyone accepts to play the games of competition? What are the consequences of not joining in?

Abstracts of no longer than 500 words should be submitted by February 15, 2016. If the abstract is  accepted, a full paper will be required by May 15, 2016. All submissions should be made to



From John Morris:

Call for Papers: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016, London, 31 August – 2 September 2016

Critical Geographies of the Finance-Security Nexus


John Morris, University College London
Mariana Santos, Durham University

Session Overview

This session is aimed broadly at scholars interested in the entwinements between financial and security discourses, techniques, devices, subjects, etc.

If nexus thinking is concerned with ‘interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs’ we attempt to focus on one particular nexus-  that which has been suggested between finance and security. A focus on the finance-security nexus opens a window to a variety of sub-disciplines within geography, as well as interdisciplinary conversations (See Martin 2007; Dillon 2008; Aitken 2011; Lobo-Guerrero 2011;  Amoore 2011; Boy, Burgess and Leander 2011; de Goede 2010, 2012; Langley 2013a/b, 2014; Boy 2015;  Lagna 2015).
Whilst ‘Finance’ and ‘Security’ may at first seem to be distinct and separable domains, both historical record and contemporary life serve to illustrate the interconnections between the two.   Political geographers have attended to the risk scoring techniques that operate in border-control (Amoore 2013) or the imposition of economic sanctions such as freezing of terrorist assets (de Goede 2012). For scholars of Global Political Economy, the interaction of finance and security has been discerned in the creation of sovereign debt for the financing of war (Ferguson 2002) but equally the securitization of such sovereign bonds in the context of modern statecraft (Lagna 2015).  To take a more overtly cultural perspective, financial and security logics can be extrapolated from a range of practices traditionally seen as being either divorced from, or simply beyond, the financial such as ‘medicine, grammar, music ‘ and dance (Martin 2015).

We turn to geographers to contribute to the study of finance and security in diverse and illuminating ways. We are very open to proposals and abstracts and are happy to discuss potential submissions with authors. Some suggested areas are:

•       Genealogies of Financial and Security discourses
•       Neoliberalism and the age of Crisis
•       Cultural/political economies of securitization and speculation
•       Technologies of financial and data security
•       Financial Innovation as security technique.
•       Financialization of territory and nature
•       The links between finance and governance structures and techniques.
•       Financial logics and considerations of migration.
•       Personal insecurity, vulnerability and indebtedness.
•       The Precarity of Everyday life
•       Financialization and War, militarization of finance?
•       Affective politics of security
•       Securing bodies, embodying security

Please send enquiries or abstracts of  up to 250 words to both and  The deadline for abstract submissions will be 10th February 2016.

Call for papers for mini-conference at SASE 28th Annual Conference, ‘Moral Economies, Economic Moralities’

June 24-26, 2016,  University of California, Berkeley

Organizers: Joe Deville, Jeanne Lazarus, Mariana Luzzi, and José Ossandón


DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: January 18th, 2016

The mini-conference “Domesticizing financial economies, part 3” will pursue the rich and exciting discussions of the first two Domesticizing financial economies mini-conferences, held at Chicago and London at the 2014 and 2015 SASE meetings. Our starting point is that the use of even the most sophisticated financial products can be understood in the light of a close empirical description of their various social and technical contexts, ranging from social ties and obligations, to ways of calculating, to specific devices and informational infrastructures. Rather than (or as well as) seeking to understand how financial economies are “economized”, to draw on a term used by Koray Çalışkan and Michel Callon, we are thus interested in work that explores how monetary transactions are woven into the fabric of the everyday and come to be “domesticized”.

The precise ways in which financial economies become domesticized, as recent literature and many of the papers presented at the last two versions of this mini-conference have shown, are deeply morally entangled. Credit evaluation mechanisms, for example, inevitably involve a moral dimension, with debtors being routinely connected, via a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches to collective categories of expected behavior (Deville 2015a, Fourcade & Healy, 2013, Han 2012, Lazarus, 2012, Ossandón 2012, 2014). Such financial instruments are in turn continuously ‘earmarked’ as they pass through domestic settings. Those who participate in monetary interactions cannot but perform what Zelizer calls “relational work” as they delimit the moral frames according to which their transactions are located (Zelizer, 2010; Guérin, Villareal and Morvant-Roux, 2013, Wilkis, 2013). Similar practices can be observed in the extension and creation of new monetary infrastructures (Maurer (2012). Mobile monies in countries in Africa and Central America, for instance, are intimately related with the actions of agencies that explicitly justify their action in moral terms (e.g. the Gates Foundation, most prominently). Meanwhile, governments and multilateral organizations around the world have made the extension of formal banking into a goal that is framed not only in economic but also moral terms. This can be seen in the advancement of goals such as financial inclusion and social and economic development that directly target financial citizens at the so-called ‘bottom of the pyramid’ (Elyachar 2012, Langley, 2008, McFall, 2015)or in the global proliferation of financial literacy workshops in which actors from the banking, policy and not-for-profit sectors attempt to educate individuals into becoming ‘financially literate’ (Lazarus, 2016). Such processes do not, however, encounter passive populations: controversies about financial instruments can lead to the development of new moral and political collectives, such as the variety of debtor publics that have emerged in different social and historical contexts (Deville, 2015b, Luzzi, 2012, Ross, 2014).

We invite papers that look at specific situations of monetary transaction and domestic credit and money management. Papers with varied disciplinary backgrounds discussing the following issues are welcome:

  • The intimate dimensions of monetary and financial transactions, whether in the moment of exchange itself, or before and after
  • Moral boundaries and/or inequalities operating through everyday and domestic settings rooted in and/or created by financial products
  • The ways in which household finances become entangled with and affected by a range of socio-technical devices
  • Emerging financial products and services targeting domestic finance that are re-shaping the financial ecologies encountered by consumers (e.g. payday loans, credit score management services, department store credit cards, pawn shops, new ways of banking)
  • Emerging transactional technologies (e.g. algorithms, databases, payment cards) and their new ways of sorting, screening and valuing financial consumers
  • Domestic financial products and their entanglement with “high” finance and broader chains of economic relations
  • Controversies, matters of concern, new affected groups, publics and commercial circuits being co-produced with contemporary domestic financial landscapes and/or financial instruments

Abstracts of no longer than 1000 words should be submitted by January 18th, 2016. If accepted, a full paper will be required by May 30, 2016.

All submissions should be made via the SASE website.

If a paper proposal cannot be accommodated within a mini-conference, organizers will forward it to the program committee, who will pass it on to one of the networks as a regular submission. Acceptance notifications will be sent by February 23, 2016.

Queries can be sent to

Dear colleagues, we hope you will consider submitting an abstract for what we hope will be a pair of sessions at the 2016 Royal Geographical Society conference, to be held in London from 30 August to 2 September. Please circulate this CFP (also available via this link) to relevant colleagues.

In the years since the global financial crisis, geographers and other social scientists have developed parallel bodies of work on housing, largely in the global North, and farmland, primarily in the global South. While geographically and thematically distinct, these lines of inquiry are nevertheless linked by a shared focus on processes of financialization. However as the concept of financialization has assumed the status of the next ‘globalization’ or ‘neoliberalization’, such analyses risk not only a loss of analytic coherence and diminishing theoretical returns, but also a tendency to reify finance as a totalizing, hegemonic and a-historical force (Christophers, 2015). By contrast, a focus on the operations of capital (cf. Mezzadra and Neilson, 2013, 2015) emphasizes the situated and variable processes by which finance encounters rural and urban landscapes, the materialities characterizing such relations, and the resulting tensions and contradictions—while keeping sight of how these specific operations coalesce into more general tendencies.


This session has a dual motivation: first, to highlight research that attends to how financialization is actually accomplished in the present, historicizing how it has played out in the past, and how this process is subject to fragmentation and problematization; and second, to provide a space for intentionally linking finance-oriented research on land (including agricultural land) and housing across the North-South divide. We explicitly invite papers that advance methods of inquiry and abstraction for opening the black box of finance so as to gain a better understanding of the land-housing-finance nexus, which we consider a long-overdue endeavour.


Please send abstracts of 250 words for this paper session to both session organizers by 1 February 2016:

Desiree Fields, University of Sheffield (

Stefan Ouma, Goethe University Frankfurt (


References Christophers, B. (2015). The limits to financialization. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5(2), 183-200.

Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2015). Operations of capital. South Atlantic Quarterly, 114(1), 1-9.

Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2013). Extraction, logistics, and finance: Global crisis and the politics of operations.Radical Philosophy, 178, 8-18.

June 24-26, 2016, U of CA-Berkeley. Deadline January 18

We are organizing an international mini-conference with the theme, “Islam and the Construction of New Economic Moralities: Divergence, Convergence and Competing Futures.”  The conference will be held at the University of California-Berkeley June 24-26, 2016, as part of a larger SASE conference with the highly relevant theme, “Moral Economies, Economic Moralities.”  Selection of papers will be based on 1000 word extended abstracts, which are due January 18, 2016.  Full papers will be due May 30, 2016.  Three best papers awards will be given, as well as a limited number of travel grants for graduate students.  To learn more about SASE and its annual conference, see

This mini-conference invites contributions from across the social sciences and humanities to reflect on the past, present, and contested futures of Islam’s new financial and economic moralities. As part of the Islamic revival of the 1970s and 1980s, social movements worldwide have pursued multiple strategies to imagine and implement an economic system organized around Islamic values such as social justice, reciprocity and the spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, and material well-being of individuals. This includes the US$2.5 trillion Islamic finance industry and US$1.29 trillion halal food market, not to mention Islamic “modest fashion,” halal pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and Islamically-marketed travel, recreation, and lifestyle products.  It also includes philanthropic institutions such as pious foundations (waqf) and charities funded by almsgiving (zakah).  Islamic economic practices range from the morally guided everyday practices of individuals to those of multinational corporations and state elites seeking to enter and advance Islamic markets. With the hindsight of forty years, we can observe heterogeneous and explicitly competing Islamic economic moralities, found at various scales of socio-economic organization.

Three overlapping research projects have emerged as a result of the rapid growth of the Islamic economy. First, it has attracted social scientists seeking to document and interpret the historical and contemporary dynamics of this new socio-economic phenomenon. This strand of scholarship studies the emergence of the Islamic economy either on its own terms, or with reference to its convergence and divergence with other economies, be they explicitly moral or otherwise. Second, it has generated research by academics and practitioners to advance this socio-economic project. In this scholarship, Islamic economy is often conceptualized as part of an emerging alternative modernity that explicitly embraces the morality of economic action. Third, it has also generated scholarship critical of Islamic economic practices, particularly in Islamic banking and finance. Much of this third research stream argues that Islamic finance is excessively focused on efficiency and profitability at the expense of Islamic moral values such as equity, fairness, and individual development. Importantly, it debates the extent to which the Islamic finance industry has diverged from Islamic idea(l)s, investigates alternative aspirations for Islamic finance, and deliberates strategies for transforming its current trajectory.

Embracing all three research streams, the conference aims to (i) (re-)examine the key axioms and moral claims of Islamic economy both in theory and as practiced; (ii) explore the economic, social and political dynamics underpinning the various sectors, scales and sites of the Islamic economy; and (iii) interrogate the extent to which the Islamic economy provides a substantive alternative to mainstream economic activity with a special emphasis on the Islamic finance sector. A provisional list of panel topics and indicative research questions can be accessed at the University of Warwick or University of Durham.  King Saud University is providing a limited number of travel grants for graduate students – read the Conference Submissions and Awards Guidelines for more information.

Please note that candidates should send 1000 word abstracts by January 18, 2016 (and not 500 word abstracts, as is typical in other SASE panels).  For additional information on how to submit, please look at

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the three corresponding organizers below:

Mehmet Asutay (Corresponding organizer) Professor in Middle East and Islamic Political Economy and Finance Director, Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance Durham University Business School Durham University, UK Email:

Necati Aydin Associate Professor of Economics College of Business, Alfaisal University Associate Director, Islamic Banking Center, King Saud University

Aaron Z. Pitluck (Corresponding organizer) Associate Professor of Sociology, Illinois State University Visiting Scholar, University of Chicago Email:

Lena Rethel (Corresponding organizer) Associate Professor of International Political Economy Department of Politics and International Studies University of Warwick Email:

Haider Ala Hamoudi Associate Professor of Law Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development University of Pittsburgh

Kabir Hassan Professor of Finance and Hibernia Professor of Economics and Finance Department of Economics and Finance University of New Orleans, USA

Abdullah Q. Turkistani Professor of Islamic Economics Dean Islamic Economics Institute King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

We would like to bring to your attention the track on “Organizing in the Shadow of Financial Markets,” which we are convening as part of the European Group of Organization Studies’ (EGOS) 32nd Colloquium in Naples, Italy, July 7-9, 2016.

Our goal is to bring together organization theorists, sociologists and management scholars studying the financial sector and its impact on organizing. We invite submissions from any theoretical perspective, and with different methodological approaches.

The deadline for the short paper (3,000 words) submission is January 11, 2016, and the detailed instructions for submission can be found at:

You can access the full call for papers here:

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact any one of us.

Best regards,

Fabrizio Ferraro,

Michael Lounsbury,

Matteo Prato,

21st and 22nd of April 2016

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

University of Warwick

“What’s on your mind?” This is the question to which every Facebook status update now responds. Millions of users sharing their thoughts in one giant performance of what Clay Shirky once called “cognitive surplus”. Contemporary media platforms aren’t simply a stage for this cognitive performance. They are more like directors, staging scenes, tweaking scripts, working to get the best or fully “optimized” performance. As Katherine Hayles has pointed out, media theory has long taken for granted that we think “through, with and alongside media”. Pen and paper, the abacus, and modern calculators are obvious cases in point, but the list quickly expands and with it longstanding conceptions of the Cartesian mind dissolve away. Within the cognitive sciences, cognition is now routinely described as embodied, extended, and distributed. They too recognize that cognition takes place beyond the brain, in between people, between people and things, and combinations thereof. The varieties of specifically human thought, from decision-making to reasoning and interpretation, are now considered one part of a broader cognitive spectrum shared with other animals, systems, and intelligent devices.


Today, the technology we mostly think through, with and alongside are computers. We routinely rely on intelligent devices for any number of operations, but this is no straightforward “augmentation”. Our cognitive capacities are equally instrumentalized, plugged into larger cognitive operations from which we have little autonomy. Our cognitive weaknesses are exploited and manipulated by techniques drawn from behavioural economics and psychology. If Vannevar Bush once pondered how we would think in the future, he received a partial response in Steve Krug’s best selling book on web usability: Don’t Make Me Think! Streams of Consciousness aims to explore cognition, broadly conceived, in an age of intelligent devices. We aim to critically interrogate our contemporary infatuation with specific cognitive qualities – such as “smartness” and “intelligence” – while seeking to genuinely understand the specific forms of cognition that are privileged in our current technological milieu. We are especially interested in devices that mediate access to otherwise imperceptible forms of data (too big, too fast), so it can be acted upon in routine or novel ways.


Topics of the conference include but are not limited to: 

– data and cognition

– decision-making technologies

– algorithms, AI and machine learning

– visualization, perception

– sense and sensation

– business intelligence and data exploration

– signal intelligence and drones

– smart and dumb things

– choice and decision architecture

– behavioural economics and design

– technologies of nudging

– interfaces

– bodies, data, and (wearable) devices

– optimization

– web and data analytics (including A/B and multivariate testing)


Confirmed Speakers 

Professor Louise Amoore, Geography, Durham University

Dr. James Ash, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University

Dr. David Berry, Centre for Material Digital Culture, University of Sussex

Dr. Will Davies, PERC, Goldsmiths College

Dr. Michael Dieter, CIM, Warwick University

Professor Steve Fuller, Sociology, Warwick University

Dr. Jeniffer Gabrys, Sociology, Goldsmiths College

Dr. Antoinette Rouvroy, CRID, University of Namur

Dr. Natasha Schull, Media, Culture and Communication, NYU

Dr, Nick Srnicek

Professor Nigel Thrift

Professor Michael Wheeler, Philosophy, University of Stirling


Please submit individual abstracts of no longer than 300 words. Panel proposals are also welcome and should also be 300 words. Panel proposals should also include indvidual abstracts. The deadline for submissions is Friday the 18th of December and submissions should be made to Accepted submissions will be notified by 20th of January 2016.


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