Cultures of Finance

Cultures of Finance

The Cultures of Finance Working Group is an interdisciplinary effort to study the historical, technical, and social configurations of finance. Members include scholars from across the social sciences and humanities who are interested in engaging with recent work in the social studies of finance. Alongside technical devices, the group considers the ways in which cultures of finance circulate through ethical, political, social and discursive forms. Through a series of member meetings, public lectures, and special conferences, Cultures of Finance explores innovative research methods and develops research programs to address the complexity of what Arjun Appadurai has termed the global financescape.

While early social scientific work on the economy did not draw a distinction between the social and the economic, a domain called the economy has been gradually cordoned off and subjected to increasingly technical arrangements, modes of calculation, and expert knowledge in the post-War era. One remarkable result of these interventions has been the emergence of vast circuits of financial action. In addition to technological apparatuses, constructed to resolve the smooth flow of capital across space and time, new knowledges, regimes of valuation, laws, and subjectivities have also been generated, accompanying the rise in the global circuits of circulating capital.

Following the unprecedented rate of economic growth through the last 25 years, fueled by the explosive boom of financial forms of capital, we find ourselves in the ubiquitous company of finance. Home mortgages, student loans, credit cards, credit scores, retirement funds, and microfinance, once sequestered in specialized places, these activities and objects of capital markets have seeped into the spaces of everyday life. It is in the history of the evolving financescape (marked by a push towards ever increasing financialization) and its uncertain future (made visible through the contemporary credit crisis) that the Cultures of Finance Working Group finds its terrain.

The Cultures of Finance working group writes a blog located here.

Members
Arjun Appadurai

Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication New York University

Solon Barocas

PhD Candidate in Media, Culture, and Communication New York University

Natalia Besedovsky

PhD Candidate in Sociology Humboldt Universit├Ąt

Craig Calhoun

University Professor of Social Science New York University\

Raphaele Chappe

Doctoral Candidate | Department of Economics New School University

Kimberly Chong

PhD Candidate in Anthropology London School of Economics

Stephen Collier

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program for International Affairs The New School

Peter Dimock

Editor | Bruce Initiative for Rethinking Capitalism

Jane Guyer

Professor & Chair Department of Anthropology | Johns Hopkins University

Elizabeth Koslov

PhD Student | Media, Culture & Communication New York University

Bridget Kustin

PhD Candidate in Anthropology Johns Hopkins University

Benjamin Lee

University Professor of Anthropology and Philosophy The New School for Social Research

Xiaochang Lee

PhD Student | Media, Culture & Communication New York University

Edward LiPuma

Professor of Anthropology University of Miami

Randy Martin

Professor of Art and Public Policy New York University

Perry Mehrling

Professor in Economics Barnard College at Columbia University

Robert Meister

Professor of Social and Political Thought | History of Consciousness UC Santa Cruz

Paul Melton

PhD Candidate in Media, Culture, and Communication New York University

Mary Poovey

Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities New York University

Vyjayanthi Rao

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs The New School

Sanjay Reddy

Associate Professor of Economics New School for Social Research

Jennifer Telesca

PhD Candidate | Media, Culture & Communication | New York University

Robert Wosnitzer

PhD Candidate in Media, Culture, and Communication New York University

Caitlin Zaloom

Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis New York University

Organizers
Arjun Appadurai

Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication New York University

Benjamin Lee

University Professor of Anthropology and Philosophy The New School for Social Research

Randy Martin

Professor of Art and Public Policy New York University

Robert Wosnitzer

PhD Candidate in Media, Culture, and Communication New York University

Caitlin Zaloom

Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis New York University