A cutting-edge conference on contemporary money and finance

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 .

Themes on which we encourage contributions include:

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

Financial technology

Money, financial markets, and psychoanalysis

Popular cultures of finance

Financialisation and contemporary art markets

Contemporary art practice in the age of finance

The Edinburgh Futures Institute Prize in Financial Imagination

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.


Conference organisers

Nathan Coombs
Nathan Coombs
Conference organiser 

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
Conference organiser 

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.

Helene Frossling
Helene Frossling
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.