Call for Abstracts: Workshop on Social Finance, Impact Investing and the Financialization of the Public Interest

https://www.ehess.fr/fr/node/9746

We welcome paper proposals for an academic conference in Hamburg, Germany

Social Finance, Impact Investing, and the Financialization of the Public Interest

A conference hosted by Hamburg University, Centre for Globalisation and Governance, Germany

Date: 23-24 March 2017

Conveners: Eve Chiapello (EHESS Paris) and Lisa Knoll (University of Hamburg)

Submission deadline for paper proposals to siconf2017(at)ehess.fr : 2 November 2016 500 to 800 words plus references. Continue reading

CFP: Philosophy of Economics Section at DGPhil

We invite submissions for the Philosophy of Economics section at the XXIV. Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil) to be held from the 24th to the 27th of September 2017 in Berlin.

Potential topics for the Philosophy of Economics section range from the philosophical foundations of economic theories and explanations, via critical analyses of economic structures, the reflection on the relation between economy and society from the perspective of social philosophy, to issues of business ethics and normative questions of economic governance. Potential questions include: Continue reading

CFP: Special Issue on “Ethics in Financial Markets”

Global Finance Journal, Call for Papers

Guest Editor: Hoje Jo, Santa Clara University

In corporate finance and investment practices, corporate social responsibility (CSR), socially responsible investing (SRI), and business ethics have become a crucial part of managerial concerns for firms around the world because the issues of social responsibility, business ethics, sustainability, socially responsible investing, employee relations, workforce diversity, climate change, and the environment have emerged as some of the most important factors for managerial decision making in recent years. However, there has been considerable debate over whether CSR activities can be beneficial for shareholder value.

There are two competing explanations: agency theory and stakeholder value maximization theory. Continue reading

Workshop: “Between ethics and efficiency? The political theory of corporate governance”

When? – December 8th/9th, 2016
Where? – Hochschule für Politik München / Bavarian School of Public Policy, Munich

In political theory, questions about corporate governance have made a comeback in debates about the nature of corporations, the conceptualization of economic power, human rights responsibilities of corporations, and questions about workplace democracy. As recent scandals such as the Global Financial Crisis or VW’s diesel emissions scandal show, wrongdoing by or within business corporations can have wide-ranging consequences for the societies within which they operate. Such events cause not only massive economic harm, but also moral harm, for example by illegitimately infringing on the rights of third parties or by polluting the environment. This interdisciplinary workshop brings together experts from the fields of philosophy, political theory, business ethics and law in order to discuss these themes. The aim is to discuss cutting-edge research (work in progress) from these fields and to explore further possibilities of interdisciplinary inquiry.

Papers for most presentations will be pre-circulated and we will go directly into the discussion. Participation is free, but registration is required (first come, first serve). Abstracts available upon request. Please email lisa.herzog@hfp.tum.de to register. Continue reading

Finance and Social Justice webinar series

The INET Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) and the Bayreuth Philosophy and Economics program are organising a webinar series on the philosophy of financial institutions, from Monday 17/10 to Friday 4/11.

Run by Jens van’t Klooster and Marco Meyer, the webinar will also feature Dirk Bezemer and Martin O’Neill. Topics include money creation, central bank independence, monetary policy, and economic inequality.

More info at: http://finance-and-justice-conference.org/webinars/

Post-doctoral Fellowship on Crowdfunding

The Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) is a multilingual, international research centre based in Belgium (www.cermi.eu). CERMi is offering a full time one-year research fellowship on crowdfunding, at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM), ULB.

Created in 2007, CERMi draws together European researchers in microfinance. Currently, it gathers 9 doctoral students and 2 post-doctoral students working on social finance and a wide international network of more than 30 research associates.

The post-doctoral fellow will work under the supervision of Prof. Marek Hudon, Professor at SBS-EM and in collaboration with Dr. Anaïs Périlleux (UCL). The fellow should start in October 2016. The fellow will be based in Brussels.

For more information, please contact Ms. Anne-Lise Remy at cermi@ulb.ac.be and Prof. Marek Hudon, mhudon@ulb.ac.be Continue reading

NOW OPEN: Four Positions in Financial Ethics

The University of Gothenburg seeks to establish a new research group in practical philosophy dedicated to ethical and political issues raised by the financial system. There is a growing consensus that financial agents and markets are failing to live up to their social responsibilities. The global financial crisis demonstrated how misaligned incentives and poor regulations impose extreme risks on both the financial system itself and society at large. But a more general problem is the seeming inability of financial markets to address the great sustainability challenges of our times, such as global poverty and the threat of climate change.

These overarching issues can be broken down into many subtopics, which in turn raise questions of more general philosophical concern. Possible subtopics include: * the proper objective of private companies and the division of moral labour in society; * the ethics of speculation and gambling; * insider trading and the importance of ‘fair play’ in markets; * the legitimacy of paternalism in dealing with clients; * incentive- versus desert-based views on justice in pay; * the Tobin tax and the legitimacy of international tax regimes; * the role of central banks and the justification of virtual or international currencies; * microfinance and poor people’s right to credit; and * Islamic finance and the moral critique of usury.

A total of four positions are advertised (click on the links to read more): Continue reading