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The Culture of Credit: A Conversation between Historians and Anthropologists—a day-long conference

Politics of the Present, The Money Series, Past Series

dateApril 20, 2012 timeFriday, 9:30am–5:00pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University

This conference brings together prominent anthropologists and historians to discuss "The Culture of Credit." The first panel examines "Recurring Pathologies?: Historical Reflections on the Financial Crisis," and the second panel takes as its topic, "Taming Risk?: Models and Technologies of Trading." The keynote will be delivered by Jeff Madrick and is entitled "Age of Greed."

Program

time9:30am EST

Coffee

time10:00am - 12:00pm EST

Panel 1: Recurring Pathologies?: Historical Reflections on the Financial Crisis
Discussant

Gustav Peebles

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

The New School

Wall Street Is Dead! Long Live Wall Street!

Julia Ott

Assistant Professor of History

The New School

Writing Risk's History

Jonathan Levy

Assistant Professor of History

Princeton University

Historical Hangovers

Stephen Mihm

Associate Professor

University of Georgia

time12:00pm EST

Lunch

time1:00pm - 3:30pm EST

Panel 2: Taming Risk?: Models and Technologies of Trading
Discussant

Perry Mehrling

Professor of Economics

Barnard College

Willy Loman's Revenge on Finance?: Computational Limitations in the Analysis of CDOs

Iain Hardie

Lecturer

University of Edinburgh

Risk, Uncertainty, and Data: Managing Risk in Early 20th Century America

Mary Poovey

Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English

New York University

The Virtue of Market Makers

Karen Ho

Assistant Professor

University of Minnesota

Wall Street, Histories of Risk, and the Crisis of Inclusion

time4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

Keynote
Age of Greed

Jeff Madrick

Columnist and Critic

Participants
  • Keynote Speaker Jeff Madrick Columnist and Critic
  • Speaker Julia Ott Assistant Professor of History The New School
  • Speaker Jonathan Levy Assistant Professor of History Princeton University
  • Speaker Stephen Mihm Associate Professor University of Georgia
  • Speaker Iain Hardie Lecturer University of Edinburgh
  • Speaker Mary Poovey Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English New York University
  • Speaker Caitlin Zaloom Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Director of Metropolitan Studies New York University
  • Speaker Karen Ho Assistant Professor University of Minnesota
  • Discussant Gustav Peebles Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs The New School
  • Discussant Perry Mehrling Professor of Economics Barnard College