ABOUT FUTURES OF FINANCE AND SOCIETY 2018
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.The conference is organised through the Finance and Society Network (FSN), in association with the journal Finance and Society, the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (SPS). More information on last year’s FSN event is available on the 2017 conference website .
Sociology of financial markets
Finance and social theory
Finance and inequality
Heterodox economics and finance theory
Gender and finance
Derivative and structured finance
Central banking and shadow banking
Financial crises, past and present
Financial regulation and state activism
Temporality, historicity, futurity, fictional expectations
Financial modelling and forecasting
Theology and finance
Finance and social reproduction
Finance and neoliberalism
New perspectives on financialisation
Financial markets and the digital economy
Money, financial markets, and psychoanalysis
Popular cultures of finance
Financialisation and contemporary art markets
Contemporary art practice in the age of finance
This year’s conference organizers are excited to announce a prize for best paper by an early career researcher.
The Edinburgh Futures Institute Prize in Financial Imagination is worth £250 and open to postgraduate researchers or early career scholars who were awarded their PhD in the last year. The winner of the prize will be announced on the final day of the conference.
To apply for the prize, email a paper of no less than 2,000 and no more than 10,000 words to futuresfinancesociety-at-gmail-dot-com by 1 November 2018.
Nathan Coombs is Lecturer in Economic Sociology20 in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. He is co-founder and editor of the open-access journal, Finance and Society, published through the University of Edinburgh Library.
Tod Van Gunten
Tod Van Gunten is Lecturer in Economic Sociology in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His current research topics include the Spanish banking crisis, ideology in the economics profession, and elite financial policy-making in Latin America.
Events & Dissemination officer
Helene is the dedicated event and dissemination officer for the School of Social and Political Science. She is assisting Nathan and Tod with the arrangements for the conference, drawing on 10 years’ experience of managing academic events in Edinburgh.