Conference Welcome and Opening Panel Discussion: Pandemic as Financial Crisis

Thursday 27th August 13:45 – 15:00

Welcome: Emily Rosamond

Opening Panel: The COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world, bringing illness and tragedy to many. It has also shed stark light on the limitations of financial systems. As working days and social lives dramatically shift, deep recessions set in in many countries. Markets plunge. Looming mass redundancies; stretched social welfare systems; employment volatility; threats to housing security; sectoral collapse; and exacerbated racial, gender, and class inequalities are but a few signs of financial failure in the wake of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, governments have been accused of using the pandemic as a smokescreen, invoking exceptional powers to allow cronyism and rentierism to flourish. These conditions make it all the more urgent to bring fresh, critical financial insights to the pandemic, drawing from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives.

Joyce Goggin is Senior Associate Professor of Literature, Film and New Media at the University of Amsterdam. She has published widely on gambling and finance in literature, painting, film, TV, and computer games. Her recent published work includes ‘Everything is Awesome: The LEGO Movie and the Affective Politics of Security’ in Finance and Society, ‘Trading and Trick Taking in the Dutch Republic: Pasquin’s Wind Cards and the South Sea Bubble’, in Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games (Western Michigan University, 2017), and a co-edited volume entitled The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness (Routledge 2017). Her latest book, Comedy and Crisis: Pieter Langendijk, the Dutch, and the Speculative Bubbles of 1720, with Frans de Bruyn, is forthcoming from Liverpool University Press (2020).

Eurydice Fotopoulou is a lecturer in Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London and consultant. Her research focuses on gender and macroeconomics, in particular income and wealth distribution inequality. She investigates the relationship of intersectional inequality on the labour market and the digital economy, drawing from economics, sociology and gender studies. In recent collaborative research projects she looked into the effects of income, gender and wealth inequality, and economic policies on macroeconomic performance, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Hewlett Foundation.

Marina Vishmidt is a writer and editor. She teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Ephemera, Afterall, Journal of Cultural Economy, Australian Feminist Studies, and Radical Philosophy, among others, as well as a number of edited volumes. She is the co-author of Reproducing Autonomy (with Kerstin Stakemeier) (Mute, 2016), and Speculation as a Mode of Production: Forms of Value Subjectivity in Art and Capital (Brill 2018 / Haymarket 2019). She is one of the organisers of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought at Goldsmiths, a member of the Marxism in Culture collective and is on the board of the New Perspectives on the Critical Theory of Society series (Bloomsbury Academic).

Gargi Bhattacharyya is Professor of Sociology at the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London. She has published widely on the topics of ‘race’ and racisms; sexualities; global cultures; the ‘War on Terror’; and, increasingly, austerity and racial capitalism. Her recent books include Rethinking Racial Capitalism: Questions of Reproduction and Survival (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018); Crisis, Austerity, and Everyday Life: Living in a Time of Diminishing Expectations (Springer, 2015); How Media and Conflicts Make Migrants (with Kirsten Forkert, Federico Oliveri and Janna Graham, Manchester University Press, 2020); and Race and Power: Global Racism in the Twenty First Century (with John Gabriel and Stephen Small, Routledge, 2016).