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. …

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 …

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 …

CFP: Critical finance studies ‘virtual’ conference, 2020

Critical finance studies conference 2020. Virtual get-together, 27-28 August. This year the annual Critical Finance Studies conference goes online. This event will include online keynote sessions by Gargi Bhattacharyya (University of East London) and Annie McClanahan (University of California, Irvine), online panels, and networking sessions. Topics could include but are …

Forthcoming: 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. …

Job opportunity at Finance Watch

Finance Watch, the Brussels-based public interest advocacy association dedicated to making finance serve society, is looking for a Senior Research and Advocacy Officer. The Senior Research and Advocacy Officer will join the Research and Advocacy team of currently six members, comprising the Head, two Senior Officers, an Advocacy and Research …