FSN 2018: Futures of finance and society
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
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 our 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 theoretical research, contributors are invited to propose and debate potential solutions for improving financial stability, expanding financial inclusion, and mitigating inequalities associated with financialisation.
MONEY MATTERS: Thinking About Money in Times of Change
Conference in Uppsala, June 8, 2018
Organizers: Tomas Ekenberg (Uppsala), and Joakim Sandberg (Gothenburg)
Money is one of those things that we tend to think we understand. That is, until we start to consider its complexity as a technology that structures the presuppositions and practices of nearly all human interaction. At the present moment in time, money is becoming even more complex to grasp as we are entering into uncharted territory featuring many-layered virtual economies, crypto-currencies and global financial flows.
While philosophers and social scientists of old were working towards grand unified theories, the second half of the twentieth century saw a general turn toward diversification and specialization. This led to an explosive growth of expertise in many fields, but it also led to a fragmentation of the scholarly debate into factions with little or no mutual exchange. Instead of rivaling overarching theories, we are now seeing various sets of mutually independent systems of local hypotheses driving highly specialized research.
This conference will bring together scholars working on different aspects of money – both its theory (metaphysics, epistemology, law, ethics, economics) and practice (history, sociology and politics). The principal aim is to take stock of what different approaches can contribute to a more unified discussion of money.
SCHEDULE – JUNE 8 – UPPSALA UNIVERSITY BUILDING, ROOM VIII
9:30–10:30 Eyja Brynjarsdóttir (Reykjavik) “Is Money Real?”
10:30–11:30 Tomas Ekenberg (Uppsala) “Is Money Evil?”
11:30–12:30 Marco Goldoni (Glasgow) “The Legal Theory of Money between Conventionalism and Institutionalism”
13:30–14:30 Clément Fontan (Gothenburg) “Making Sense of Central Bank Digital Currencies”
14:30-15:30 Lars Lindblom (Umeå) ”Bitcoins Left and Right”
16:00–17:00 Gabriel Söderberg (Uppsala) “State Money vs. Private Money: Does it Matter?”
17:00–18:00 Patrik Winton (Uppsala) “Money and political regimes in Sweden, 1700-1850”
Where: BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo
When: April 12 – 13, 2018
The Rethinking Finance Conference is organized as a cooperation between Rethinking Economics Norway, The Center for Financial Regulation at the Norwegian Business School BI, the Finance Watch and the INET YSI Financial Stability WG. Main confirmed speakers are Sheila Dow, Ann Pettifor, Daniela Gabor and Rohan Grey.
More information will be launched soon at www.rethinkingeconomicsnorge.com/
ALSO NOTE: The INET YSI Financial Stability working group (WG) is organising a workshop as part of the Rethinking Finance Conference in Oslo on April 14th, 2018. The purpose of this workshop is to invite young scholars to present their work and discuss “Finance in the 21st Century” as well as related financial stability issues across the world.
Limited travel support and accommodation will be offered. The deadline for submitting the abstracts and short statements is February 10th, 2018. Please send your abstracts to: email@example.com
Calling all students and early career professionals:
We invite you to take part in our 2017 essay competition Rethinking Economic Policy. Submit your original article analyzing a current issue linked to economic policy to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on October 31, 2017.
With the generous support of the Young Scholars Initiative at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, we are offering cash prizes for the three best articles (€400, €200, and €100) and will invite the winners to Berlin in January 2018 for a discussion event with invited experts.
Essay Topic: Identify an issue that calls for a new perspective in economic policy and outline an innovative solution.
Submission: All individuals of 30 years and younger are invited to submit. For full details and submission requirements, please refer to the attached PDF or see our website at www.policycorner.org/en/competition/
Who Are We? The Policy Corner is an inclusive online platform for publishing research-based articles on global issues. The Young Scholars Initiative is an international community of students and young professionals founded by the leading New York-based think tank the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Finally, the Otto Suhr Institute is Germany’s largest institute for Political Science and has its focus on area studies, international relations, and environmental research.
XIX International Sociological Association, World Congress (Toronto 2018)
Money, Capital, and Modern Life: Building Conceptual Bridges Between Marx and Simmel
The year 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth and the 100th anniversary of Georg Simmel’s death. This occasion presents a timely opportunity to reflect on the relation between their works.
The relevance of Marx’s writings to Simmel’s oeuvre is often alluded to, but the precise extent of this influence still calls for further exploration. The continuities are most striking at the level of the diagnosis of modern society: Marx’s analyses of alienation, commodity fetishism, and capital’s quantifying and accelerating tendencies are not only critically discussed but also expanded in Simmel’s investigations of the paradoxes of modern culture, to the point that the latter’s work could appear to a contemporary Continue reading
The Review of Financial Studies seeks papers for a special issue on Climate Finance. Submission Deadline: July 30, 2017
Overview: Global warming and climate change present serious risks for corporate profits and capital markets. Many sectors, ranging from energy, food, insurance to real estate, are concerned about risks generated by a potential price on carbon, adverse shocks to agricultural productivity, or exposures to rising sea levels, to name a few. Capital markets, to the extent that they can assess and price these exposures, can potentially help households and institutions hedge climate change risks. Climate science has generated increasingly precise, accessible, and long historical panel data sets on a range of climate variables that allow for measurement and assessment of these risks on capital markets over the past century. Capital markets research that integrates these new data can spur the development of new methodologies and findings to help us address these important issues that affect the welfare of current and future generations, particularly those living in less-developed or emerging markets.
To promote research on issues that bear on the financial economics of climate change, Columbia University and the Review of Financial Studies, with the support of Norges Bank Investment Management, are issuing a call for proposals that will culminate in two research conferences. The conferences will be organized by Harrison Hong and José Scheinkman of Columbia University, and Andrew Karolyi of Cornell University and the Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies.