Warwick Critical Finance Group Newsletter

July 27, 2018

🌞 Summer Update from Warwick

Greetings newsletter readers,

An eventful couple of months lie behind us and an exciting summer is coming. So, before everyone goes on their well-deserved holidays, we would like to share our latest news with you. Below you will find an announcement of the contributing editors to our WCF Writeshop, links to the short summary and audio recordings of our latest talk, a recommended blog entry on research practice, a book recommendation and a CfP that no finance scholar should miss.

Thank you for reading and enjoy the summer holidays!

Best wishes,

Fabian, Johannes, Lauren, Marco, Ruben and Sahil

Editors for the upcoming WCF Writeshop announced

Our Writeshop is fast approaching and we are proud to announce that we will be joined by Christopher May, Lena Rethel and Adrienne Roberts at the event.

All three are editorial board members of highly regarded journals - Review of Policy Research, Review of International Political Economy and New Political Economy - and they will share their own experiences as well as provide feedback and advice on the journal review and publication processes to participants of the Writeshop.

We are very grateful to receive the support of these distinguished scholars for our event and are looking forward to learning from their expertise!
For more information on the workshop follow this link.

Recap & recording of WCF talk 'Gendered flexitime in assett finance' available

In May, we hosted a WCF Talk with Heather Griffiths (Department of Sociology, University of Warwick), who reported from her doctoral research on the gendered implications of the use of flexitime policies in financial institutions.

Missed it? You can find a short summary of the event as well as an audio recording of the talk and the Q&A on our website.

Warwick Critical Finance available on iTunes

You can now listen back to a selection of recordings of past WCF talks, dialogues, and roundtables on iTunes. Let us know what you think, leave a rating on iTunes, and spread the word!

Blog entry on fieldwork & finance: 'Why does fieldwork matter? Reflections on immersion, the everyday & knowledge creation in Hong Kong'

At some point in our research, many of us working on finance might get to a point where we want to study financial markets and their socio-political consequences close-up. Reflecting on some of his fieldwork to study Chinese capital market internationalisation in Hong Kong, Johannes Petry (member of the Warwick Critical Finance Group) discusses the merits of fieldwork as well as his experiences with immersion, financial cultures and practices in a blog post on Social Science Works.

Visit the blog here.

New Book: 'Financial Citizenship' by Annelise Riles

Over the last decade or so, central banks have grappled with financial crisis and economic uncertainty. We have experienced negative interest rates and markets that do not behave as the efficient market theory would have it; and along with it the increasing politicisation of central banking. Movements left and right have challenged the idea that we should trust financial regulators simply because they are experts in governing the economy. What is at stake in this confrontation is the very legitimacy of expertise: why do central bankers have the powers they have? And should they have them?
In her new book (which is availalbe as a free ebook), Annelise Riles seeks to address this gulf between the central banking community and the public. She sees the conflict over central bank legitimacy as a culture clash: a confrontation between experts and the various global publics that have a stake in what central banks do. When these two communities fail to communicate, a crisis of legitimacy ensues. To understand central banking, then, we need to understand its culture: we need to pull away its veil of secrecy and recognise that central banks as institutions are not independent, interdependent with a larger political and economic world; that central banking is not just a technocratic, but also a value-laden activity. What is needed, in other words, is a new theory of central bank legitimacy that is both believable and worth believing in.
Financial Citizenship: Experts, Publics, and the Politics of Central Banking. Annelise Riles. Cornell Open Access, 2018. More information

Call for Papers: 'Futures of Finance and Society' Conference at the University of Edinburgh, 6-7 December 2018


Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the settlement between finance and society remains ambiguous. Building on the success of the 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. The conference aims to deepen dialogue between the diverse disciplines contributing to the field of ‘finance and society’ studies and 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 call for papers can be found here. The submission deadline is 1 September 2018. To submit your abstracts and proposals, please send an email to Nathan Coombs and Tod Van Gunten at:



3-4 September 2018: WCF Writeshop
'Selling (critical) finance: Getting your work published', at the University of Warwick.
4 December 2018: WCF Dialogue
'The Operationalisation of Financialization(s)', with Prof. Dr. Ève Chiapello, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and Pauline Gleadle, Emeritus Professor, University of Westminster.

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