Keynotes


Money, utopia, and dystopia
Nigel Dodd

Pricing the future
Elena Esposito

Financialisation and its discontents
Perry Mehrling

Financial innovation and the meaninglessness of money
Anastasia Nesvetailova


Nigel Dodd is Professor in the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His most recent book, The Social Life of Money, was published by Princeton University Press in September 2014. Professor Dodd is editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Sociology and is a member of the editorial boards of Economy and Society and the Journal of Classical Sociology. He has recorded a number of short talks for the BBC World Service on various aspects of the 2007-9 financial crisis, including the role of economic forecasters in predicting the crisis (and a subsequent recovery), and the likely impact of the crisis on monetary metaphors in the popular imagination.


Elena Esposito teaches Sociology of Communication at the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia. She works with the theory of social systems on issues related to the social management of time, including memory and forgetting, fashion and transience, probability calculus, fiction, and the use of time in finance. She has published many works in these areas, including The Future of Futures: The Time of Money in Financing and Society (Edward Elgar, 2011); Die Fiktion der wahrscheinlichen Realität (Suhrkamp, 2007); Die Verbindlichkeit des Vorübergehenden: Paradoxien der Mode (Suhrkamp, 2004); and Soziales Vergessen: Formen und Medien des Gedächtnisses der Gesellschaft (Suhrkamp, 2002).


Perry Mehrling is Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University, where he has been teaching since 1987. His first book, The Money Interest and the Public Interest, American Monetary Thought 1920-1970 (Harvard, 1997), identified an alternative tradition of monetary thought that emerged from American institutionalism. His second book, Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance (Wiley, 2005), tells the story of the rise of modern finance, both as a set of ideas and as a set of institutions, that transformed the monetary landscape starting in about 1970. His third book, The New Lombard Street: How the Fed became the Dealer of Last Resort (Princeton, 2011), retraces the chronology of the first two books but now as a story about the origin and subsequent development of the US central bank.


Anastasia Nesvetailova is Professor in International Political Economy at City University London and Director of the City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC). Her publications include Fragile Finance: Debt, Speculation and Crisis in the Age of Global Credit (Palgrave, 2007) and Financial Alchemy in Crisis: The Great Liquidity Illusion (Pluto, 2010).