Call for Papers: SASE 2015 Mini-Conference: Domesticizing Financial Economies, part 2 London, 2-4 July, LSE

Call for Papers: SASE 2015 Mini-Conference: Domesticizing Financial Economies, part 2

London, 2-4 July, LSE

Organizers: Joe Deville (Goldsmiths, University of London), Jeanne Lazarus (Sciences Po, Paris), Mariana Luzzi (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina), José Ossandón (Copenhagen Business School).


Domesticizing Financial Economies, Part 2 will pursue the discussions started in at the 2014 annual SASE meeting at what has now become Domesticizing Financial Economies, Part 1. We invite papers that look at specific situations of monetary transaction, credit and domestic money management. Our starting point is that the use of even the most sophisticated financial products can be understood in the light of a close empirical description of their contexts of social ties and obligations, ways of calculating, devices and informational infrastructures. The highly specific and often domestic ways that monies circulate about come to matter greatly, including but not limited to the production and reproduction of inequalities and asymmetries of power. Rather than (or as well as) seeking to understand how financial economies are “economized”, to draw on a term used by Koray Çalışkan and Michel Callon, we are thus interested in work that explores how monetary transactions are woven into the fabric of the everyday and come to be “domesticized”.


Papers with varied disciplinary backgrounds discussing the following issues are welcome:


–          The intimate dimensions of monetary and financial transactions, whether in the moment of exchange itself, or before and after

–          Social inequalities rooted in and/or created by the intersection between financial products and the everyday

–          The ways in which household finances become entangled with and affected by a range of socio-technical devices

–          Emerging financial products and services (e.g. payday loans, credit score management services, department store credit cards, pawn shops and new ways of banking) targeting domestic finance that are re-shaping the financial ecologies faced by consumers

–          New transactional technologies and infrastructures (e.g. algorithms, databases, payment cards) and their new ways of sorting, screening and valuing financial consumers

–          Domestic financial products and their entanglement with “high” finance and broader economic chains

–          Controversies, matters of concern, new affected groups, publics and commercial circuits being co-produced with contemporary domestic financial landscapes




Joe Deville is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process. His new book, Lived Economies of Default: Consumer Credit, Debt Collection, and the Capture of Affect will be published by Routledge in January 2015. He is working on a number of ongoing collaborative projects, including one examining the rise of digitally mediated forms of debtor assistance, with another concerning new online, lending platforms using big data to assess creditworthiness. He co-founded the Charisma: Consumer Market Studies network and is the Reviews and Online Editor at Journal of Cultural Economy.



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Jeanne Lazarus is a tenured CNRS research fellow at the CSO in Sciences-po. Her research has focused on relationships between bankers and customers in French retail banks. She published L’Epreuve de l’argent (Calmann-Levy, Paris) in 2012. She has also conducted research on the sociology of money and the consumption and monetary practices of the impoverished. She is currently studying the making of a “responsible” financial market for individuals, in particular via education programs aimed at improving financial literacy, directives, and regulations regarding the commercialization of financial products and credit.


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Mariana Luzzi is Sociology Professor and CONICET research fellow at the University of General Sarmiento (Argentina). She received a Ph.D. from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Her research explores the social construction and questioning of trust in money and social disputes over money meanings and politics. She has studied the conflicts about bank deposits, credits and regional currencies during the Argentine crisis of 2001 and is currently working on the dollarization of money practices in Argentina since the 1960s. She has also conducted research on the creation and use of social currencies. She published Réinventer le marché? Les clubs de troc face à la crise en Argentine.





José Ossandón is Assistant Professor in the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Associate Researcher, Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales Universidad Diego Portales and received his PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London. His main areas of interest are the enactment of finance objects, how markets are organized, evaluated and tamed, and broad contemporary social theory. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the history of private health insurance in Chile and is currently studying the consumer credit industry. José coordinates the collective academic blog, has recently co-edited the books Adaptación. La empresa chilena después de Friedman and Disturbios Culturales and his most recent publications in English appeared in the Journal of Cultural Economy and Consumption Markets & Culture.




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