Gifts, Derivatives and Socialities

A Conference Convened by 

The Cultures of Finance Working Group at NYU Institute for Public Knowledge
March 21, 2014
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor


This one day conference brings together a range of heterodox voices on questions of the culture and political economy of contemporary finance. Specifically, it convenes two clusters of scholars, The Australian Working Group in Financialization, based in Sydney, and the Cultures of Finance Group based at NYU, with international respondents who are connected to kindred endeavors taking place around the world. The day pursues multiple openings to the ways in which gifting can be understood through a financial lens, money is transformed through extant financial operations, emergent sociality legible are made legible in mutuality, and forms of credit and debt are detectable in the massive new wealth augured by ascendant derivatives. The day is divided amongst three panels that mix participants from the two primary groups–each of which is on the cusp of a major collaborative publication–and critical responses. Our hope is to place in conversation and give air to the entailments of our key arguments that have developed over many years of work and that are now ready to see the light of day in a comprehensive fashion. We hope you will join us for this rethinking of the materialities of the capitalism we live and the immanent politics and analytic language that our reading of derivatives affords.




9:30  Coffee Reception
10:00   Opening Remarks – Arjun Appadurai
10:30 -12:00
Operations of Money & Value Production
Dick Bryan, Martijn Konings, Ben Lee
Respondent: Freya Bundey
12:00-1:30  Lunch
Housing, Debt & Ritual
Fiona Allon, Arjun Appadurai, Ed Lipuma
Respondent: Joyce Goggin
Derivative Politics
Carey Hardin, Robert Wosnitzer, Bob Meister
Respondent: Janalee Cherneski
4:30-5:00  Closing Remarks
Randy Martin
Reception to Follow Conference Proceedings
The Australian Working Group on Financialization
The Bruce Initiative for Rethinking Capitalism at UC Santa Cruz

Social Text Collective

Randy Martin