Warwick Critical Finance Group Newsletter

June 15, 2017

A First Update from Warwick

As summer is fast approaching, we are excited to share with you, prior to the holidays, our first newsletter. Last week we hosted our first roundtable which focussed on the contested character of the ‘critical’ in critical finance studies. What does it mean to adopt a critical relation to finance? Are there other types of critical engagement beyond critique? Below you can find a summary of the event and a link to the audio recordings of the talk.

Moreover, we share with you a short summary of a new edited volume on religion and the morailty of the market, an announcement of a workshop on 'rethinking economics in a post-truth world' at Goldsmiths University as well as an interview with Brett Scott on the digitization of money.

Thank you for reading and enjoy the summer holidays!

Best wishes,
Johannes, Lauren, Luke, Marco, Ruben and Sahil

WCF Roundtable Recording Available

The Warwick Critical Finance group held a round-table discussion titled “What/where is the ‘critical’ in critical finance research?” Clearly a critical aspiration is one, if not the motivation for scholars in the social sciences to engage with finance. But how can we translate critical aspiration into a telling critique? What are the theoretical and methodological challenges we face? And what are the recent developments in finance to look out for?

To address these questions and more we were delighted to welcome the four panelists: Bill Maurer (University of California, Irvine), Johnna Montgomerie (Goldsmiths, University of London), Nathaniel Tkacz and Lauren Tooker (both University of Warwick).

If you have missed the roundtable or if you want to listen back to our panel, you can now find a summary and the recordings on our webpage: click here.

New Book: "Religion and the Morality of the Market"

A new volume edited by Daromir Rudnyckyj and Filippo Osella looks at the various ways in which economic and religious logics variously inflect each other. Typically, the social scientific literature has either seen religion as a domain of resistance against capitalism or argued that capitalist representations resemble religious ones. The book develops a third route by showing how religious practices are mobilised to facilitate economic purposes, and possibly proliferate social practices that are commensurate with neoliberalism. But rather than arguing that religion is used in an instrumental way, the authors take it seriously as an ethnographic object, revealing how religious movements and organizations have reacted to the increasing prominence of market reason in unpredictable, and sometimes counterintuitive, ways. Taken together, the studies in this volume show both how market practices engender new forms of religiosity, but also how religiosity shapes economic actions.

More information

Conference: Rethinking Economics in a Post-Truth World

The rise of populism and 'post-truth' politics is a rejection of a narrow, technocratic vision of economics. The distance between technical economic expertise and the democratic public sphere is a failing of economics. How can alternative perspectives on economic life contribute to more participatory and inclusive economic debates? What might rival disciplines contribute here?

The day will consist of lectures, workshops and film screenings, with themes ranging from anthropological perspectives on the economy, to platform cooperatives, environmental policy, and decolonising economics. Speakers include: Joe Earle (co-author of 'The Econocracy'), Brett Scott (campaigner and author of ‘The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance'), Johnna Montgomerie, Will Davies (both Goldsmiths University), and many others.

Saturday 1st July 2017 09:30am – 6:00pm at Goldsmiths University, London.

To register to attend, visit the eventbrite page.

Interview with Brett Scott on the digitization of money

In an interview at the symposium of the Barcelona Initiative for Technological Sovereignty (BITS) in December 2016 Brett Scott spoke about technological sovereignty, the digitization of money, blockchain and the politics of payment systems.

For watching the video, click here.

Scott is a campaigner, former broker, and author of 'The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money' (Pluto Press). He blogs at and tweets as @suitpossum



Taking the next step: new frontiers in the interdisciplinary study of finance

WCF - Early Career Researcher Workshop 2017
25-26 September 2017, University of Warwick

The purpose of this Early Career Researcher Workshop is to reflect on the current juncture of finance research, to understand the complexities of finance and to discuss the changes and continuities in a research agenda gradually moving on from the overriding concern with the crisis.

Keynote speaker: Yuval Millo (Warwick Business School)


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