Futures of finance and society, 2018



Futures of finance and society, 2018
University of Edinburgh, 6-7 December

Organisers: Nathan Coombs, Tod Van Gunten
Keynotes: Donald MacKenzie, Annelise Riles, Gillian Tett
Sponsors: Edinburgh Futures Institute/University of Edinburgh

Full conference programme available here


Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the settlement between finance and society remains ambiguous. Regulation has been tightened in traditional areas like banking, against a backdrop of fiscal austerity and the proliferation of new monies, financial platforms and investment vehicles. Building on the success of previous FSN conferences, ‘Futures of finance and society’ asks what new social, organisational and political forms are emerging and what direction they should take. 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.


  • ‘Finance studies twenty years after Callon’, Donald MacKenzie (University of Edinburgh)
  • ‘Financial citizenship: Experts, publics, and the politics of central banking’, Annelise Riles (Cornell Law School)
  • ‘Financial cultures and financial crises’, Gillian Tett (Financial Times)

The conference is organised through the Finance and Society Network (FSN), in association with the journal Finance and Society, the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (SPS). More information is available from the conference website.

The editors of Finance and Society are encouraging paper submissions from conference participants.
For more information on the journal please visit: http://financeandsociety.ed.ac.uk


Nathan Coombs
Conference organiser

Nathan Coombs is Lecturer in Economic Sociology in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. He is co-founder and editor of the open-access journal, Finance and Society, published through the University of Edinburgh Library.

Contact: futuresfinancesociety-at-gmail-dot-com

Tod Van Gunten
Conference organiser

Tod Van Gunten is Lecturer in Economic Sociology in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His current research topics include the Spanish banking crisis, ideology in the economics profession, and elite financial policy-making in Latin America.

Contact: futuresfinancesociety-at-gmail-dot-com