FSN 2023: Final programme available

Intersections of finance and society, 2023.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 14-15 September.

The final programme for this year’s conference is now available here. There are limited places for those not on the programme who may wish to attend. If you would like to join the conference, please register here.

With inflation and interest rates on the rise, the age of expansionary monetary policy is over. At the same time, the global pandemic and a war on the European continent demand new policy responses that will have major repercussions. These developments take place in a global financial system that has undergone radical transformations over the past decade. Finance has become intertwined with the logic of the platform economy and social media to an unprecedented extent, giving rise to new patterns of financial intermediation and shifts in the relative status of financial centres. As climate breakdown worsens, politicians and publics increasingly look to the financial sector to offer alternative, more sustainable ways of investing – a responsibility that the sector has so far largely failed to live up to. As German Chancellor Olaf Scholz put it, we are living through a Zeitenwende – a ‘turning point’. Leaving the United Kingdom for the first time, the 2023 ‘Intersections of finance and society’ conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium, the heart of European multilateralism and transatlantic policymaking. Key intersections between finance and society are shaped in Brussels. It is here where economic and financial sanctions following the war in Ukraine were formulated and enforced through key financial infrastructures like the Brussels-based SWIFT.


Author-meets-critics roundtables


  • Financial subjectivities
  • Asset struggles I and II
  • Geographies of finance
  • Financial cosmologies
  • Financial infrastructures I and II
  • Strategic finance
  • Finance and climate
  • Assets, tokens, games
  • Histories of finance
  • Banks in normative macro-finance
  • Valuation in the digital economy
  • Central banking
  • Interrogating financial governance
  • Financial rationalities
  • International money and finance
  • Historicising European financial regimes
  • Power in the digital economy
  • Real estate finance and society
  • Breaking down the finance-carbon nexus

The conference is organised through the Finance and Society Network (FSN), in association with Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and with financial support from the Regional Studies Association. For more information, please email: intersections-finance-society-at-gmail-dot-com.