New book: Comedy and Crisis

Comedy and Crisis: Pieter Langendijk, the Dutch, and the Speculative Bubbles of 1720. Joyce Goggin and Frans de Bruyn, Liverpool University Press 2020. Comedy and Crisis contains the first ever scholarly English translation of Pieter Langendijk’s ‘Quincampoix, or the Wind Traders’ [Quincampoix of de Windhandelaars], and ‘Harlequin Stock-Jobber’ [Arlequin Actionist]. …

Forthcoming book: ‘The Asset Economy’

The Asset Economy: Property Ownership and the New Logic of Inequality. Lisa Adkins, Melinda Cooper and Martijn Konings, Polity Press 2020. Rising inequality is the defining feature of our age. With the lion’s share of wealth growth going to the top, for a growing percentage of society a middle-class existence is out …

New podcast: The Order of Unmanageable Risks

The order of unmanageable risks: A podcast about capitalism and anxiety. Anxious.community. Max Haiven and Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou have launched a new research podcast in collaboration with the Common Anxieties Research Project. Episodes and more information on the project available here.   Capitalism has always depended on anxiety to control the …

CFP: Special issue on ‘Financialisation’

Special issue on ‘Financialisation’. To be published in the Review of Evolutionary Political Economy. A new political economy journal, REPE, has put out a call for a special issue on the topic of financialisation. The special issue will be edited by Anastasia Nesvetailova, Stefano Sgambati, and Engelbert Stockhammer, and aims …

New book: Edited collection on ‘Assetization’

Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism. Edited by Kean Birch and Fabian Muniesa, MIT Press 2020. In this book, scholars from a range of disciplines argue that the asset—meaning anything that can be controlled, traded, and capitalized as a revenue stream—has become the primary basis of technoscientific capitalism. …

Forthcoming book: ‘The Spirit of French Capitalism’

The Spirit of French Capitalism: Economic Theology in the Age of Enlightenment. Charly Coleman, Stanford University Press 2021. How did the economy become bound up with faith in infinite wealth creation and obsessive consumption? Drawing on the economic writings of eighteenth-century French theologians, historian Charly Coleman uncovers the surprising influence …

Virtual event: Derivatives and recycling, 29 July

Building a market for exchange-traded derivatives for recyclables. Virtual event, 29 July 2020, 09.00-12.00 EST. Can financial innovations and markets can be forces for helping to protect our environment? Jordan Hall of Rowan University, New Jersey, has organised a free online event to discuss the potential for exchange-traded derivatives, such …

Just published: F&S vol. 6 no. 1

Finance and Society, vol. 6 no. 1 (2020).   The editors of Finance and Society are pleased to announce the publication of volume 6, number 1. The issue includes an article by Photis Lysandrou on financialisation and circuit theory, an essay by Daniel Tischer on Facebook’s Libra currency proposal, and …

Adkins and Konings: ‘Covid life and the asset economy’

Covid life and the asset economy. Lisa Adkins and Martijn Konings, Goldsmiths Press Blog. The asset economy is dominated by the logic of assets and especially by the logics of asset appreciation and depreciation … The state of emergency declared by many governments has not wiped away the political economy …