Rethinking Capitalism: Cultures of Finance Working Group Hosts Conference, Releases Publication
MCC's Arjun Appadurai cofounded the Cultures of Finance working group at NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge in 2010, establishing a collective of social scientists and humanists interested in examining the broader cultural and ethical framework of modern capitalism. Appadurai, who holds the Paulette Goddard Professorship in Media, Culture, and Communication, imagines the financescape to be "a series of localized cultures of work, profit, and compensation," necessitating analysis that is attuned to their ethical, technical, and social features.
In April the group, which includes MCC doctoral candidate Robert Wosnitzer, hosted a three day conference with the University of California's Bruce Initiative for Rethinking Capitalism. The scholars also released a joint publication articulating some of the central lines of inquiry addressed at the conference.
In the publication (download here), Appadurai writes that the event is "based on the idea that any such effort must have a deep scholarly and critical dimension, so that the social sciences can re-occupy spaces left too long to the economists and the financial modelers, undisturbed by considerations of culture, society, and history."