Skip to content

13th annual critical finance studies conference

Critical Finance Studies

Virtual Conference
6-8 September 2021

See here for panel paper abstracts.

Programme – Monday 6th September 

*(D) = Discussant requested.

Morning Session  (9:30-11:00 BST)

Parallel Sessions

Panel 1A: Same but Different? Stories on Subordinate Financialization

Chair: Jimena Castillo (University of Leeds)

Discussants: Dawa Sherpa (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), Jimena Castillo (University of Leeds), and Sushant Kumar Singh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)


‘The Political Consequences of Dependent Financialization: Capital Flows, Crisis and the Authoritarian Turn in Turkey’ (Fulya Apaydin (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and M. Kerem Coban, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy) *(D)

‘Aspects of Financialisation in the Global South: The Case of India’ (Kaustav K. Sarkar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai) *(D)

‘Peripheral Financialization in Georgia: Unravelling Financialization through a State Theory’ (Ia Eradze, Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam)

‘Central Banking and Financialization in the Global South: Credit and financial stability in Mexico’ (Jorge Quintero-Sanchez, University of Warwick) *(D)

Panel 1B: Will This Time Be Different? Sovereign Debt Crises and COVID-19

Chair: Karina Patrício (University of Leeds)


‘Who’s the Credible Sovereign? The Corona Crisis as a Challenge to Sovereign Creditworthiness in the Eurozone’ (Carolin Müller, Hamburg Institute for Social Research)

‘Private Sector Involvement in Sovereign Debt Crises and the G20 Initiatives in the Wake of the Pandemic: Paradigm Shift or Continuity?’ (Livia Hinz, European University Institute, Florence)

‘COVID-19 and Macrofinancial Debt Crises: What Role for the SDR System?’ (Tobias Pforr (European University Institute, Florence), Steffen Murau (Boston University) and Fabian Pape (University of Warwick)

Early Afternoon Session  (2:00-3:30pm BST)    

Keynote: Professor Jayati Ghosh

Chair: Karina Patrício (University of Leeds)

 Capital account openness and its discontents: emerging or retreating in developing Asia?’

Late Afternoon Session  4:00-5:30pm BST

Parallel Sessions

Panel 2A: Finance and Racial Capitalism

Chair: John Morris (University of Nottingham)


‘Refugee Finance: Racial Ordering and the Financialization of International Protection’ (Daria Davitti, Lund University)

‘Finance as Racist or Finance as Emancipatory? Investing in Closing the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States’ (Emily Rosenman, Penn State University)

‘Financialization in the Global South, International Capital Flows and Neoliberalism: The Case of Wilhelm Röpke’s Racial Capitalism’ (Kevin Rösch, University of Siegen)

Panel 2B: Global Hierarchies of Money

Chair: Iacopo Mugnai (University of Warwick)

Discussant: Erin Lockwood (University of California, Irvine)


‘Exchange Rate and Balance of Payment Crisis Risks in the Global Development Finance Architecture’ (Alfredo Schclarek National University of Cordoba Argentina and Jiajun Xu, Peking University) *(D)

‘Post-Keynesian Perspective on the Eco Zone Project: Liquidity Premiums and External Financial Fragility in the West African Economic and Monetary Union, Ghana and Nigeria’ (Florian Lampe, University of Hamburg and Anne Löscher, University of Siegen)

‘Why Asia Matters: Comparative Capitalisms, East Asia and Post-Crisis Shifts in the Global Dollar System’ (Fabian Pape (University of Warwick and Johannes Petry, Scripts Cluster of Excellence, Berlin)


Programme – Tuesday 7th September 

*(D) = Discussant requested.

Morning Session (9:30 – 11:00 BST)

Keynote: Professor Brett Neilson

Chair: Tim Christiaens (Tilburg University)

 “Can You finance the way out of a pandemic?”

Early Afternoon Session  (1:30-3:00pm BST)

Parallel Sessions 

Panel 3A: The Socio-Technical Lives of Money and Finance

Chair & Discussant: Tim Christiaens (Tiburg University)


‘Error R51: The Materiality of The Point-of-Sale Credit Assessments’ (Fatih Karakaya, Istanbul University)

‘Forms of Software and Data Reuse in Machine Learning-Driven Finance’ (Kristian Bondo Hansen (Copenhagen Business School) and Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, (Copenhagen Business School) *(D)

‘Inclusion of the Fittest: Uberization, Indebtedness and the Future of Work in Africa’ (Gianluca Iazzolino, University of Oxford)

Panel 3B: Private Finance for a Resilient Recovery?

Chair: Ia Eradze (Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam)


‘The Impact of Innovative Finance to Address Pandemic Preparedness’ (Jenna Marie Randolph, University of Bologna)

Emerging Dynamics of Financialization in Global South: Study of growth, structural difference and systemic importance of Shadow banks in India and China.’ (Dawa Sherpa, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

‘COVID Bonds and the Ethics of Financialization in West Africa’ (Chelsie Yount-André, University of Bologna)

Panel 3C: Financial Hegemony in Organizations

Chair: Philip Garnett (University of York)

Discussant: John Morris (University of Nottingham)


‘Accounting Control as Hegemony: The Dynamics of Control in Financialized Professional Service Firm’ (Scott Allan, University of Aberdeen) *(D)

‘The Financial Value of Cultural Values: International Evidence’ (Vipin Mogha (Universite Clermont Auvergne) & Benjamin Williams-Rambaud, IEA Clermont Auvergne) *(D)

‘Financialization as Recombination: Bureaucracy and Neo-Patrimonialism on Wall Street (Felix Bühlmann, University of Lausanne) *(D)

‘Shall We Aim For 50-50? The Limitations of Annual Report Named Numbers in Representing the Gender Gap Closure’ (Amee Kim, Canterbury Christ Church University and Ann-Christine Frandsen, University of Birmingham)

Late Afternoon Session (4:00-5:30pm BST)

Parallel Sessions

Panel 4A: Financializing Culture

Chair & Discussant: Natalie Roxburgh (University of Hamburg)


‘Assetization in the Art Education and Investee Condition of the Artists in Finland’ (Tero Nauha, University of the Arts, Helsinki)

‘Is More Always Better? Financial Narratives of the Value of Contemporary Art in Crisis’ (Pierre d’Alancaisez, Birmingham City University) *(D)

‘Us vs. Them: How Social Media Discourse Creates an Ambiguously Populist Financial Subjectivity’ (Erin Lockwood, University of California, Irvine and Elsa Massoc, Goethe University Frankfurt)

Panel 4B: Private Finance for the Public Good?

Chair: Jenna Marie Randolph (University of Bologna)


‘The Private Finance Initiative: Policy Problem-Solving and the Construction of the Asset Economy’ (Jenny McArthur, University College London)

‘EIOPA: A Cautious Political Entrepreneur in Risk’ (Greg Van Elsen, Ghent University)

Panel 4C: Governing Financial Futures

Chair & Discussant:John Morris (University of Nottingham)


‘Powers of Finance and Modes of Reform: A Comparison of Behavioural, Regulatory, Supplemental and Control Reforms’ (Michael A. McCarthy, Marquette University)

‘With Liberty and Reinsurance for All: Demanding a Government Backstop in Health Care’ (Christina S. Ho, Rutgers University) 

‘Climate Minsky Moments, Stress Testing and Climate kaleidostatics’ (John Morris, University of Nottingham) 


Programme – WEdnesday 8th September 

Morning Session  (9:30-11:00am BST)

Parallel Sessions

Panel 5A: Financing Green Futures

Chair: Daniel Tischer (University of Bristol)

Discussant: Gabriela Junqueira (University of São Paulo)


‘Green Bonds: At the Crossroads between Finance, Law, Environment and Society’ (Tomaso Ferrando (University of Antwerp), Iagê Z. Miola (Federal University of Sao Paulo), Diogo R. Coutinho (University of Sao Paulo), Flávio M. Prol (Brazilian Centre for Analysis and Planning) & Gabriela Junqueira, (University of Sao Paulo)

‘Derivatives and Environmental Problem-Solving’ (Jordan P. Howell, Rowan University)

‘The Preferential Treatment of Green Bonds’ (Matthias Kaldorf (University of Cologne), Francesco Giovanardi (University of Cologne), Lucas Radke (University of Cologne) and Florian Wicknig (University of Cologne) *(D)

Panel 5B: Financial Subjectivities

Chair: Tim Christiaens (Tilburg University)


‘Robinson Crusoe, Again: A Heterodox, Humanistic Reading’ (Melissa Kennedy and Natalie Roxburgh, University of Hamburg)

‘The Portfolio Management of the Self: A Critical Reflection on Uncertainty-Adjusted Human Capital Investment Practices in Modern Work-Life’ (Kristian Bondo Hansen (Copenhagen Business School), Marius Gudmand-Høyer (Copenhagen Business School) and Kaspar Villadsen (Copenhagen Business School))

‘Short and Distort? Speculative Politics and Epistemic Ruptures in Financialized Capitalism’ (Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou, University College London)

Early Afternoon Session (1:30-3:00pm BST)

Parallel Sessions

Panel 6A: Power Dynamics in the Green Transition

Chair: Jordan P. Howell (Rowan University)

Discussant: Sarah Knuth (Durham University)


‘Disclose and Punish: A Battle for the Making of a New Climate Statecraft in China and Europe’ (Giulia Dal Maso, University of Bologna and Alessandro Maresca, University of Bologna)

‘Demarking their Own Territory? How Elites Shape the “Green Finance” Narrative in Europe’ (Daniel Tischer, University of Bristol) and Tomaso Ferrando, University of Antwerp) *(D)

‘Securing Property for a 21st Century Economy? The Limits of Real Asset “Climate Value Capture” in Florida’ (Sarah Knuth, Durham University and Zac Taylor, TU Delft)

Panel 6B: Technocracy, Hegemony, and Power: The Cognitive Authority of Central Banks

Chair: Jorge Quintero-Sanchez (University of Warwick)


‘A New Idea of Financialisation? Analysing Economic Reports of the Bank for International Settlement’ (Sarah Naima Roller, WZB Berlin)

‘The Politics of Technocracy: ECB’s Fiscal Policy Ideas, Cognitive Authority and the Shifting Construction of Economic Rectitude’ (Iacopo Mugnai, University of Warwick)

‘Central Banks as Hegemonic Apparatuses’ (Galip Yalman, Middle East Technical University, Ankara)

Late Afternoon Session (4:00-5:30pm BST)

Keynote: Professor Joscha Wullweber 

Chair: John Morris (University of Nottingham)

‘Central bank capitalism, the shadow banking system, and the new 21st century state-financial market nexus.’