29 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016 All day CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT


Registration has now closed. 


Alice Meyer (University of Cambridge)
Claire Wilkinson (University of Cambridge)
Steven Connor (University of Cambridge)


How does art respond to financial crisis?

What can art teach us about the economy?

Can art predict, intuit, or explain the global market?

We are pleased to announce ‘ART / MONEY / CRISIS’, a two-day interdisciplinary conference, to be held at the University of Cambridge in April 2016.

There was nothing new about the economic crisis of 2008-09: capitalist financial markets are inherently turbulent, and cycles of boom and bust have alternated with one another for hundreds of years.  ART / MONEY / CRISIS will bring together theorists and practitioners from across the humanities to question how artistic responses to crisis contribute to our understanding of why economies ‘go wrong’.

The conference will be structured around presentations given by leading critics and artists working in the fields of literature, sociology, visual arts, film, music, and theatre. A series of multi-disciplinary panels, composed of papers given by academics, early career researchers, and graduate students, will complement these talks. Throughout the event, plenty of time will be allocated for discussion so as to foster dialogue and debate amongst participants.

For further information, please email artmoneycrisis@gmail.com or visit artmoneycrisis.wordpress.com.


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Professor Steven Connor (English, University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Peter de Bolla (English, University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Nigel Dodd (Sociology, LSE)
  • Dr Mark Fisher (Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths)
  • Professor Max Haiven (Art History and Critical Studies, Nova Scotia)
  • Professor Leigh Claire La Berge (English, BMCC CUNY)
  • Professor Nicky Marsh (English, Southampton)
  • Professor Christopher Nealon (English, Johns Hopkins)
  • Professor Keston Sutherland (English, University of Sussex)
  • Dr Peter Webb (Sociology, University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Francisco Aix-Gracia (Anthropology, Universidad de Pablo de Olavide)
  • Dr Lucia Sell-Trujillo (Social Psychology, Universidad de Sevilla)
  • Artist and Writer Melanie Gilligan (Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm)
  • Flo6x8
  • Jim Costanzo (Aaron Burr Society, Occupy Museums & Strike Debt)




Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH).

Accommodation for speakers selected through the call for papers and non-paper giving delegates

We are unable to arrange or book accommodation; however, the following websites may be of help:

Visit Cambridge
Cambridge Rooms
University of Cambridge accommodation webpage

Administrative assistance: events@crassh.cam.ac.uk


Friday 29 April
9.00 - 9.30


9.30 - 10.00

Opening address: Professor Steven Connor (Cambridge)

10.00 - 10.30


10.30 - 12.00

Panel One: Art, Money and Utopia

Professor Nigel Dodd (LSE)

Professor Max Haiven (Nova Scotia)

Chair: Professor Peter de Bolla (Cambridge)

12.00 - 13.00


13.00 - 14.30

Panel Two: Finance and the Novel

Professor Nicky Marsh (Southampton)

Professor Leigh Claire La Berge (CUNY)

Chair: Professor Steven Connor (Cambridge)

14.30 - 15.00


15.00 - 16.00

Researcher Panels (1)

16.00 - 16.15


16.15 - 17.45

Panel Three: Sociology and Crisis

Dr Peter Webb (Cambridge)

Dr Mark Fisher (Goldsmiths)

Chair: Dr Richard Bramwell (Cambridge)

17.45 - 18.45

Researcher Panels (2)

Saturday 30 April
09.30 - 11.00

Researcher Panels (3)

11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 13.00

Panel 4: Opposition / Theory / Action

Jim Constanzo (Aaron Burr Society, Occupy Museums, Strike Debt)
Dr Francisco Aix-Gracia (Pablo de Olivade, Flo6x8)
Dr Lucia Sell-Trujillo (Sevilla, Flo6x8)

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.30

Panel Five: Popular Unrest 

Tanya Singh

Melanie Gilligan (Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm)

Joyce Harris

15.30 - 16.00


16.00 - 17.30

Panel Six: Poetry and Crisis

Professor Keston Sutherland (Sussex)

Professor Christopher Nealon (Johns Hopkins)

Chair: Dr Alex Houen

17.30 - 18.30

Researcher Panels (4)

20.00 - 21.30

Open event: Poetry reading at Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio

Geoff Gilbert and Alex Houen

Chris Nealon and Sophie Mayer

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Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk