“The conference will conclude a research project with the same title undertaken at the University of Göttingen. The project has been centered on the distinct legitimation orders and patterns of public critique and justification that have accompanied the evolution of modern financial markets from the 19th century until the recent crisis and its aftermath.
From January 29th until the 31st, the conference will host many prominent and important scholars who provide important perspectives on legitimation and justification, as well as the historical and present emergence of new actors and strategies in finance from a comparative perspective in their current and past research.
On the evening of Tuesday, the 29th of January, Cornelia Woll, professor of political science at Sciences Po, Paris, will kick off the workshop with a keynote lecture on „Crime and Punishment in the Financial Market“, followed by a reception with drinks and snacks for all conference participants.
The conference will then take place on Wednesday and Thursday. As of today, the following talks have been scheduled:
Alex Preda from King’s College in London and Chicago University, has been invited to speak about knowledge production in financial markets.
James Taylor, senior researcher at Lancaster University, will speak about brokers acting outside the official financial markets and discuss legitimacy and morality in this context.
Lisa Knoll, senior researcher at Hamburg University, and Ève Chiapello, research director at EHESS in Paris, will present their work on the justification and critique of a newly emerging financial product: social impact bonds.
Christoph Henning, fellow at the Max Weber Kolleg of the University of Erfurt, will contrast the role of money and credit in Marxist and non-Marxist accounts of financial capitalism and how political-sociological debates can learn from it.
Sascha Münnich, junior professor at the University of Goettingen, will present a conceptual account of the relationship between legitimation discourses, civil society critique of capitalism and institutional regimes of finance under the headline of “Varieties of Anti-Capitalism”
Finally, on the last day of the workshop we will have a discussion panel with representatives of think tanks and NGOs from different European countries, who have engaged in financial regulation reform processes that aim at a renewed and intensified regulation of global financial markets.
With them we will discuss the relationship between social science and political work, as well as the importance of academic research for political regulation.”
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More information about the research project and its presentation: “The project has been centered on the distinct legitimation orders and patterns of public critique and justification that have accompanied the evolution of modern financial markets from the 19th century until the recent crisis and its aftermath. At the conference, the researchers will present the results of an historical-comparative study of different institutional regimes of financial capitalism in Great Britain and Germany and their distinct cultural legitimatory dimensions. In a second part of the project, the researchers have focused on public contestation of financial markets over the ten years after the credit crunch of 2008. We have conducted a series of interviews in Germany, Spain, France, Great Britain and on the EU-level with NGOs, think tanks and lobby groups, who currently engage in financial market regulation. Analyzing their structural positions, strategies and worldviews, we have developed an argument about how counter-expertise and public legitimation are interlinked with the institutional evolution of contemporary financial capitalism. Our argument may be summed up as an account of “varieties of anti-capitalism” in contemporary Europe.”