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City University London, 3-4 November 2016

Organised by Martijn Konings and Amin Samman

In association with the journal Finance and Society, the Social Studies of Finance Research Network at the University of Sydney, and the City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC) at City University London.

With support from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney and the Department of International Politics at City University London.

Recent years have seen a growth in innovative research on finance across the humanities and social sciences. Following on from the success of the ‘social studies of finance’ approach and the new literature on ‘financialisation’, scholars are taking up the challenge of theorising money and finance beyond the conceptual constraints of orthodox economic theory, with different research agendas emerging under various new monikers. This two-day conference brings these approaches into closer dialogue, identifying new synergies between heterodox political economy and various sociological, historical, and philosophical perspectives on the intersections of finance and society.

The programme combines high-profile keynotes and roundtables with panel sessions on the following themes:

  • Alternative finance
  • Central banking
  • Dimensions of financialisation
  • Fictions of finance
  • Finance and public policy
  • Financial crisis and change
  • Financial technologies
  • Genealogies of finance
  • Money and finance in Europe
  • Philosophy of money
  • Philosophy of debt and finance
  • Safe assets
  • Shadow money and its governance
  • Spaces of finance
  • Trends in financial regulation

Martijn Konings is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Fellow in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, Australia.  Along with Melinda Cooper, he edits the new book series ‘Transactions: Critical Studies in Finance, Economy and Theory’ for Duke University Press.

Amin Samman is Lecturer in International Political Economy in the Department of International Politics at City University London, and founding co-editor of the journal Finance and Society.

Finance and Society is an independent and fully open-access journal dedicated to publishing empirical and theoretical research in which the social substance of finance takes precedence. It offers a unique post-disciplinary platform, exploring tensions and forging synergies between ongoing research in fields such as political economy, economic sociology, cultural economy, organisational studies, and the social studies of finance, as well as philosophy, literary criticism, and the contemporary arts. It was founded in 2015. For more information visit financeandsociety.ed.ac.uk

The Social Studies of Finance Research Network at the University of Sydney was established in 2012 to generate new perspectives on the proliferation of financial logics in contemporary society. It brings together scholars who research the cultural, social, and political aspects of financial market expansion.

The City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC) at City University London was established in 2012 to address the rift between academic economics and public policy. It brings together world-leading expertise from academia, public policy, the financial sector, and civil society.