Creative Strategies Against Financialization

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Creative Strategies Against Financialization

A Discussion on Money, Art and Social Struggles

Max Haiven, Jerome Roos and Marina Vishmidt 

December 6, 2018, 6:00-7:30pm, Room 326 in the Professor Stuart Hall building (PSH)

Financialization has profoundly reshaped not only the global capitalist economy but also social, cultural and political spheres nearly everywhere. Arguably, the tightening grip of financial power and its logics of austerity and extraction has created the conditions for the rise of new reactionary movements of ethnonationalism and authoritarianism. But at the same time we are witnessing the proliferations of profound movements driven by a radical imagination of a world beyond precariousness, war, racism and capitalism. In an age when the imagination and creativity appear increasingly conscripted to the production of speculative capital, what are their prospects in today’s social struggles? And what should, or can, radical artists contribute? This dialogue, on the occasion of the publication of Dr. Max Haiven’s new book Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization, will address these and other themes.


Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and co-director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL). His books include Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (2014), Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2014) and, most recently, Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization (2018).

Jerome Roos is a Fellow in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, and founding editor of ROAR Magazine. His first book, Why Not Default? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt, will be published by Princeton University Press in January.

Marina Vishmidt is a writer and editor. She teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Ephemera, Afterall, Journal of Cultural Economy, Australian Feminist Studies, and Radical Philosophy, among others, as well as a number of edited volumes. She is the co-author of Reproducing Autonomy (with Kerstin Stakemeier) (Mute, 2016), and her monograph Speculation as a Mode of Production will be out with Brill in October 2018. She is a member of the Marxism in Culture collective and is on the board of the New Perspectives on the Critical Theory of Society series (Bloomsbury Academic).

All are welcome and no registration is required. For details on how to find Goldsmiths, click here.

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Grace Blakeley: The Political Economy of Financialisation – 19th November

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The Political Economy of Financialisation:
from the Big Bang to 2008

Speaker: Grace Blakeley

Discussant: Sahil Dutta

6pm, Monday 19th November 2018

Professor Stuart Hall Building, PSH LG01, Goldsmiths

In 1979, Margaret Thatcher came to power, unleashing the full power of international finance on the British economy. On the one hand, financialisation manifested itself in the increasing size and growing complexity of the finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE) sectors. But the growth of the finance sector has been based on, and helped to reinforce, changes in the real economy. Businesses, consumers, and even the state have come to be more imbricated in financial markets than ever before in history. These changes have not just affected the nature of economic accumulation in the UK, they have also fundamentally transformed politics, typified by the Thatcherite focus on property owning democracy and pension fund capitalism. Ultimately, this model collapsed with the financial crisis of 2007. But since 2007 there have been no attempts to deal with the fundamental economic and political contradictions of the UK’s financialised growth model. The re-emergence of the left in British politics can be seen through the lens of this structural crisis, but the British left has a long way to go when it comes to concrete proposals to de-financialise the British economy.

Grace Blakeley is a research fellow on the IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice. She is the author of a forthcoming book on the financialisation of the British economy entitled Stolen: How finance destroyed our economy and corrupted our politics. She is a columnist for Tribune and writes regularly for the New Statesman, Jacobin, and Novara media.

All are welcome and no registration is required. For details on how to find Goldsmiths, click here.

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Michel Feher: Rated Agency – 28th November

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Launch of Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age by Michel Feher
Co-hosted with Centre for Research Architecture

5-7pm 28th November
RHB 312, Goldsmiths
Will Davies, Michel Feher, Suhail Malik, Angela McRobbie, Louis Moreno, Emily Rosamond

The hegemony of finance compels a new orientation for everyone and everything: companies care more about the moods of their shareholders than about longstanding commercial success; governments subordinate citizen welfare to appeasing creditors; and individuals are concerned less with immediate income from labor than appreciation of their capital goods, skills, connections, and reputations.

That firms, states, and people depend more on their ratings than on the product of their activities also changes how capitalism is resisted. For activists, the focus of grievances shifts from the extraction of profit to the conditions under which financial institutions allocate credit. While the exploitation of employees by their employers has hardly been curbed, the power of investors to select investees — to decide who and what is deemed creditworthy — has become a new site of social struggle.

In clear and compelling prose, Michel Feher explains the extraordinary shift in conduct and orientation generated by financialization. Above all, he articulates the new political resistances and aspirations that investees draw from their rated agency.

Rated Agency Zone Books

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Scrutinising the media: Fake news, censorship, and war

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This coming event couldn’t be more relevant right now or closer to our own primary area of concern, and as an added bonus Piers Robinson, one of our much-esteemed contributing authors, will be speaking there – so go along if you can. Visit the website HERE Sun 4 November 2018 13:00 – 17:00 GMT This event will engage the public in discussion and debate about journalistic objectivity in traditional and social media. The aim is to raise public awareness of the techniques used by the media in order to condition public opinion, particularly with respect to war, so that citizens might make better informed judgments about the news they consume. The event will be centred on the topical concept of ‘fake news’ and will explore how that concept is being used to legitimise censorship. Attention will be drawn to the online censorship campaign currently being waged by Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia. The media’s role in legitimising US/UK military intervention in Syria will be explored, as will attempts by mainstream news sources to close down …

Videos from ‘Mobilising New Economic Futures’

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This summer, New School Economics, the Goldsmiths student society for economic pluralism, hosted a superb conference, ‘Mobilising New Economic Futures’, featuring an impressive and interdisciplinary range of speakers, including Ann Pettifor, Jay Watts, Alan Finlayson, Jeremy Gilbert, Phoebe Moore and many more. Videos of the various panels are online and can be watched below.

Precarity: Will Davies & Phoebe Moore


Mental health after neoliberalism: Jay Watts, Ruth Cain and Josh Cohen


Brexit (An opportunity?): Alan Finlayson, David Bailey & Natalie Fenton


Autonomous organising and collective power: Samiah Anderson, Swarzy Macalay, Lydia Hughes, Simon Vickery & Lucy Gardner


Platform Politics: Dr. Ramon Amaro, Dr. Francesca Sobande & Professor Jeremy Gilbert


Austerity & Debt: Dr. Johnna Montgomerie Professor Ozlem Onaran Dr. Oana Parvan


Just Futures with Ann Pettifor and Jason Hickel

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‘Can the financial system work for the economy, people & the planet?’ – Nick Silver, 10th October

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Speaker: Nick Silver

6.15pm, Wednesday 10th October 2018

Richard Hoggart Building, Room 137a, Goldsmiths

The current financial system developed to serve capitalism 1.0, a world of mass employment based on producing physical goods. This world is ceasing to exist – the talk will discuss the trends that are causing the change, and how finance needs to change to serve the economy of the future. We need the financial system to re-allocate capital into a sustainable low carbon economy as well as into areas which give positive social benefit, such as health and alleviating poverty. The tools to do so have been developed but much financial activity is essentially rent extraction. The emergence of disruptive technology provides a window of opportunity to reshape the financial system.

Nick is managing director of Callund Consulting, founder and director of Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) and Radix, the think tank of the radical centre. He is also a visiting fellow at Anglia Ruskin University and Cass Business School. He recently won The President’s Award for outstanding contribution to the Actuarial Profession and the Phiatus Award for an actuary who has made the most impressive charitable efforts.

Nick’s book, Finance, Society and Sustainability was recently published by Palgrave MacmillanFrom the publisher’s description:

“This book is a critical analysis of the impact of the financial system on the economy, society and the natural environment. It cuts through the noise to looks at its purpose, its activities, and what it does in practice.

Unlike other books that cover the last financial crisis and the risk of another one; this book is about the consequence of the financial system continuing in its current form. It argues that the financial system is a construct of flawed economic theories, designed in the hope that the market will efficiently allocate society’s capital. Instead, the finance sector allocates savings and investment to maximize its own revenues, with resulting collateral damage to the economy, society and the environment.

Although governments try to preserve and regulate the existing system, it is being replaced by a new system driven by technological innovation. The book describes the opportunities this presents for a renaissance of the financial system to actually meet the needs of society, and to re-engineer our economy to avoid environmental crisis.”

All are welcome and no registration is required. For details on how to find Goldsmiths, click here.

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Climate Justice as Economic Mobilization – 21st June

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Climate Justice as economic mobilization
From ‘de-developing’ the Global North to WW2-style transitions

Stefan Jacobsen, Roskilde University
4pm, 21st June
Goldsmiths (RHB 143)

Drawing on a newly published book, this talk will give a brief outline of the economic ideas that have been central in the buildup of a global movement for Climate Justice (CJ) since the 1990s. Jacobsen argues that although campaigns against the dominance of carbon markets and for divestment strengthened the CJ movement in raw numbers, these approaches also marked a move away from earlier demands for radical equality as part of transitioning away from fossil fuels. Finally, Jacobsen discusses recent calls for a WW2-style mobilization as a response to the failure of reaching globalized economic principles of CJ mobilization.

Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen is assistant professor at Roskilde University, currently working on the project ‘Sustainable Rationalities’. Funded by the Danish Research Foundation, the project investigates the economic imaginaries of contemporary critical environmental organizations. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Political Economy Research Centre, Goldsmiths.

All are welcome and no registration is necessary

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Midwest Drupal Summit 2018

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2018-08-24 10:00 - 2018-08-26 19:00 America/Detroit



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The Event

Join us for 3 days this summer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the 2018 Midwest Drupal Summit.
For this year’s Summit, we’ll gather on the beautiful University of Michigan campus for three days of contribution work, working on issues such as porting modules and writing, updating documentation and informal presentations. We will start around 10AM and finish around 5PM each day. We will have some lightning talks (more Drupal learnings!) and a social outing (more Drupal fun!).


Lunch and Coffee and snacks will be provided each day.

What you can expect:

  • An opportunity to learn from Drupal core contributors and mentors, including Angie “webchick” Byron and xjm.
  • Code sprints. Let’s clear out some queues!
  • Good food and good community.


Ann Arbor is about 30 minutes by car from Detroit Metro Airport. Ann Arbor is also served by Amtrak.



Register Here

hashtag: #mwds2018.

Special issue launch: Sociological interrogations of the turn to character – 2nd July

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Richard Hoggart Building room 137, Goldsmiths

4-5.30pm, followed by wine reception (5.30-6.30pm)

* Please register for free at the eventbrite page *

This event launches a new special issue of the journal Sociological Research Online on ‘character’ education.

Edited by Dr Kim Allen (University of Leeds) and Dr Anna Bull (University of Portsmouth), the special issue interrogates the current ‘turn to character’ in the UK and examines historical and international influences of this new policy direction, as well as looking at how character education has been taken up both in government policy and in schools and how this plays out on social media and in popular culture.

This launch event will include a brief introduction to the papers in the special issue. We are delighted to welcome three respondents to the special issue:

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, Deputy Director of the Jubilee Centre, University of Birmingham

Dr Akane Kanai, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Monash University

Professor Val Gillies, Professor of Social Policy/Criminology, University of Westminster

Finally, there will be discussion with the authors of the special issue: Professor Erica Burman (University of Manchester), Dr Nick Taylor (Goldsmiths, University of London), Dr Kirsty Morrin (University of Liverpool), and Professor Ros Gill (City University).

The formal discussion (4pm-5.30pm) will be followed by a wine reception (5.30-6.30pm). All welcome.

* Please register for free at the eventbrite page *

For details on how to find Goldsmiths, click here.


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Mobilising New Economic Futures – 7th July

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New School Economics presents:

Mobilising New Economic Futures

9am-8pm, 7th July
Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths
Register here to attend

On July 7th 2018, we are hosting a day conference which will bring together a range of thinkers from a variety of disciplines to discuss how we can collaboratively Mobilise  New Economic Futures. Alongside cultural, sociological and anthropological perspectives, we hope a broader narrative will emerge that embeds the structural drivers of the economy on a more critical ground.

New School Economics (NSE) is a student society at Goldsmiths, University of London associated with PERC and Rethinking Economics. Over the past year we have built a platform to critique the current system, by hosting a number of events and engaging with a community of multi-disciplinary (re)thinkers.

We think the study of ‘the economy’ cannot be detached from the study of politics, ideas, and history. Therefore, any attempt to Mobilise New Economic Futures, requires rethinking the ‘economy’ from multiple perspectives. Our previous event, Mental Health and Neoliberalism, attempted to draw connections between economic stagnation, austerity policies since the financial crash, and the mental health crisis that has become increasingly prevelant.

Further panel details will be available in the coming weeks.

Speakers (With More TBA):

  • Ann Pettifor (Author of ‘Just Money’)
  • Guy Standing (Author of ‘The Precariat’, SOAS)
  • Samiah Anderson (Goldsmiths graduate, Grenfell Movement)
  • Faiza Shaheen (Director of CLASS Think Tank)
  • Phoebe Moore (‘The Quantified Self’, Leicester University)
  • Jason Hickel (Author of ‘The Divide’, Goldsmiths)
  • Ramon Amaro (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths)
  • Nonhlanhla Makuyana (Positive Money)
  • Jeremy Gilbert (Cultural and Political Theory, University of East London)
  • Jay Watts (Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Writer)
  • Brett Scott (‘The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance’)
  • Francesca Sobande (Digital Culture, Edge Hill University)
  • Natalie Fenton (Political Communication, Goldsmiths)
  • Alan Finlayson (Political Science & Theory, East Anglia)
  • David Bailey (Political Economy, Aston University)
  • Josh Cohen (Modern Literary Theory, Goldsmiths)
  • William Davies (Political Economy Research Centre, Goldsmiths)
  • Mijke Van Der Drift (Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths)
  • Oana Parvan (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths)
  • Ruth Cain (Family and Mental Health Law, University of Kent)
  • Johnna Montgomerie (Political Economy Research Centre, Goldsmiths)
  • Swarzy Macaly (Grenfell Movement)
  • Lydia Hughes (Notes From Below, IWGB Union)
Please click here to register (tickets are £5 or £3 concessions)

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