13th annual critical finance studies conference

Critical Finance Studies

August 2021

Critical finance scholars question the dominant narratives that surround finance. Often, they challenge the belief that finance could be beneficial to society, if only it were regulated effectively – and if only everyone had sufficient financial knowledge. Shedding light on the limitations of current economic systems, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it all the more urgent to develop critical financial insights, drawing from a range of disciplines: from economics to sociology, accounting, arts and culture, philosophy, and politics, to name a few. The 12th Annual Critical Finance Studies Conference brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines, to critically assess the role of finance and financialization in politics, culture and society.

Keynote Speakers

Katharina Pistor

is Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law at the Columbia Law School, and a leading scholar and writer on corporate governance, money and finance, property rights, and comparative law and legal institutions. She is the author or co-author of nine books, most recently The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality.

annie mcclananhan

is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century Culture (Stanford UP, 2016). Her current book in progress is titled Tipwork, Gigwork, Automation: Culture After the Formal Wage.

Opening Panel Speakers


Marina Vishmidt, Lecturer and Convenor of the MA in Culture Industry, Goldsmiths, University of London

Eurydice Fotopoulou, Lecturer in Economics, Goldsmiths, University of London

Joyce Goggin, Senior Associate Professor of Literature, Film and New Media, University of Amsterdam

Gargi bhattacharyya, Professor of Sociology, Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London

All sessions will be held over Zoom. With the exception of the opening panel and the Thursday keynote, all sessions will be devoted to discussion of presentations or texts that have been made available in advance. Sign up to the Eventbrite page here to receive a link to the presentations and papers to read/watch in advance for the sessions you wish to attend. Eventbrite ticket holders will receive further information about how to attend the sessions on Zoom closer to the conference date.

All times listed in the programme are British Summer Time (BST). If you are joining us from another time zone, here is a site that converts BST to your own time zone.

Programme - Thursday 27th August

13:45 – 15:00 BST

Conference Welcome and Opening Panel Discussion: Pandemic as Financial Crisis

Welcome: Emily Rosamond

Opening Panel: Joyce Goggin, Eurydice Fotopoulou, Marina Vishmidt and Gargi Bhattacharyya

15:30 – 16:30 BST

Parallel Sessions

Session 1:

Everyday Financialization and Political Subjectivity

Networking Session

Chair: Ryann Donnelly

Fatih Karakaya – Credit Card Instalments: The Relationality of Financialization of Everyday Life

Yichen Rao – Dreaming like a Market: The Hidden Script of Financial Inclusion in China’s P2P Lending Platforms

Amy Whitaker – Is Ownership Real? The Structural Performativity of Property Rights

Session 2:

Capitalism and Indebtedness

Discussion of Video Presentations

Chairs: Katleen Vermeir and Ronny Heiremans

Berkey Kabalay and Yunus Yücel – The Violent Character of Indebtedness: The Case of Turkey

Jiwoon Yulee – The Financialization of Social Reproduction: Focusing on the Contradiction between Chaebol Capital and Labor Precarity in South Korea

Caroline JF Metz – Profiting from Crisis yet again: the Financialisation of Distressed Debts in Europe

Charles Mak – Sovereign Debt Market: A Post-COVID-19 Perspective

Session 3:

Asset Accumulation, Finance and Trust

Discussion of Video Presentations

Chair: John Morris

Terhi Chakhovich, Marja-Liisa Kuronen, and Johanna Moisander – “Investment Risk as Vulnerability: The Context of Repairing Trust in CEO Public Communication

Alesja Serada, Jori Grym, J. Tuomas Harviainen, Tanja Sihvonen – Cryptocurrencies as Technologies of (Dis)Trust

Hayley James – Understanding present bias in workplace pension decision-making

Hanna Szymborska – Patterns of wealth accumulation and inequality at the intersection of gender and race in times of financialisation

17:00 – 18:00 BST

Keynote – Katharina Pistor

The Pyramid of Sovereign Debt

Programme - Friday 28th August

13:30 – 14:30 BST

Parallel Sessions

Session 1:

Financialization vs De-Financialization

Networking Session

Chair: Ariane Agunsoye

Jenny McArthur – Infrastructure Debt Funds and the Growth of Shadow Banking in the Global Infrastructure Market

Johannes Petry – State Capitalism vs Neoliberalism: Capital Markets in China and the Global Financial Order

Lars Ahnland – Tides of Financialization

Session 2:

Art, Finance and Culture

Discussion of Video Presentations

Chair: Joyce Goggin

Sarah Vowden – Contact/Less Exchange and Pandemic Proximities

Charlotte Warne Thomas – New labour (2020), film screening and artist talk

Katleen Vermeir and Ronny Heiremans, with Luke Mason – 7 Walks (Revisiting Ernest Gambart (1814-1902)

John Macintosh – Valuation, Narration, and the Global South in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Ami Clarke – The Underlying

15:15 – 16:15 BST

Parallel Sessions

Session 1:

Risk Societies and Cultures of Volatility

Networking Session

Chair: Emily Rosamond

Franziska Cooiman – The Political Origins of the Venturization of Europe’s (digital) economy

Andrei Guter-Sandu – Dangerous Liaisons: Nurturing Solidarity through Social Impact Bonds?

Jesse Cunningham and Huon Curtis – Noise as Information: Finance Economics as Second-Order Observation

Session 2:

Finance and Value Creation

Discussion of Video Presentations

Chair: Simon Lilley

Moad Musbahi – Family Finance: The FOREX Black-Market in Libya (2017-18)

Pauline Gleadle and Mustafa Erdem Sakinc – Value creation versus value destruction: the financialization of Big Pharma?

Stephanie Barral and Ritwick Gosh – Limited Scope of For-Profit Conservation Finance

Alessandro Maresca and Giulia Dal Maso – The greening of assetisation between eco-alchemy and interpellation

DT Cochrane – Where is Rent in Compustat? Economic Rent, Finance & Methodological Ambiguities

17:00 – 18:00 BST

Keynote – Annie McClanahan
Tipwork, Gigwork, Microwork

Please note: you will need to read Annie McClanahan’s text “Tipwork, Gigwork, Microwork” in advance to participate in this session. Access to this text will be provided after you sign up on Eventbrite.

18:00 – 18:15 BST
Closing Remarks

From 18:30 BST
Virtual Social

This conference has been generously supported by the Political Economy Research Centre (PERC), Goldsmiths, and the Digital Worldmaking Research Stream, Goldsmiths.

It has been organized by Emily Rosamond (Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths) and Ariane Agunsoye (Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths) , with the assistance of Ryann Donnelly and Andrew Mailing.

The organizers would like to thank Ryann Donnelly, Andrew Mailing and Clea Bourne, along with staff in PERC; Digital Worldmaking; Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths; Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths; and Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths who helped make this event possible.