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Call for Papers: Intersections of finance and society 2019

by Martijn Konings on May 14, 2019

12-13 December 2019 | City, University of London

Building on the success of our previous conferences, the 4th annual Finance and Society Network (FSN) conference aims to foster further dialogue between the diverse camps that make up the new field of ‘finance and society’ studies. In particular, it seeks to identify new synergies between heterodox political economy and various sociological, historical, and philosophical perspectives on the intersections of finance and society. Contributions are also encouraged from the fringes of conventional academia, with visual, performance art, and activist or practitioner perspectives welcome. The conference is organised through the Finance and Society Network (FSN), in association with the journal Finance and Society, the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney and the City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC) at City, University of London.

Keynote addresses:

  • The legal code of capital Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School
  • Time and history in the critique of political economy Peter Osborne, Kingston University London

Contributions are invited in two formats: Papers; abstract of up to 300 words; and Panels; panel proposal plus 4-5 paper abstracts.

Themes on which we encourage contributions include:

  • Engaging orthodox economics and finance theory
  • Heterodox economics and finance theory
  • Derivative and structured finance
  • Finance and social theory
  • Gendered finance
  • Central banking and shadow banking
  • Financial crises, past and present
  • Historicity and futurity
  • Gifts and debts
  • Money and desire
  • Theology and finance
  • Finance and social reproduction
  • Finance and neoliberalism
  • New perspectives on financialisation
  • Financial regulation and state activism
  • Financial markets and the digital economy
  • The politics of fintech
  • Financial utopias and dystopias
  • Money, financial markets, and psychoanalysis
  • Popular cultures of finance
  • Financialisation and contemporary art.

Please submit abstracts and proposals by 1 August 2019 to Amin Samman and Martijn Konings at the following address: intersectionsfinancesociety@gmail.com

The editors of Finance and Society are encouraging paper submissions from conference participants. For more information on the journal please visit: http://financeandsociety.ed.ac.uk

Full programmes for previous FSN conferences are available here:


Martijn Konings
Martijn Konings works in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Development of American Finance (Cambridge University Press, 2011), The Emotional Logic of Capitalism: What Progressives Have Missed (Stanford University Press, 2015), Neoliberalism (with Damien Cahill, Polity, 2017) and Capital and Time: For a New Critique of Neoliberal Reason (Stanford University Press, 2018). With Melinda Cooper, he edits the new Stanford University Press series Currencies: New Thinking for Financial Times.

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