International Conference "Immoral Business? Perspectives on Speculation, Speculators, and Scandalous Profits"
The conference will explore how economic actions come to be labelled as “speculation” in different societies and in diverse historical periods. It will specifically address questions such as how speculative trading was and is operated, how states and societies react to the phenomenon of “speculation”, and how the incurred profits or losses are publically assessed. Questions to be addressed in the papers may include: - Which forms of “speculation” can be distinguished? Under what circumstances is speculation regarded as functional or as disruptive both in economic and in social terms? - What are the differences between “speculators” and “ordinary” economic agents? Do the notions of “greed” and of “undeserved profits” necessarily form part of debates about speculation and speculators? Or is speculation only scandalized once it has failed? Can greed, as Gordon Gecko has it, be good? - In what way are speculation and its protagonists perceived by the general public of his or her time? Is there a public image of “the speculator” and – if so –who shapes that image at different times, in different places, and by what means? Is speculation a topic in high-brow art, the popular arts, and/or the media? Do economic actors conceive of themselves as speculators? - Which efforts have public authorities historically made to prevent or check “speculation” and with what results? Are such policies tied to notions of a “moral economy” meant to control profits and self-interest for the sake of the “common good”?
|Event dates:||2013-01-25 – 2013-01-27|
|Deadline Call for Papers:||2012-12-31|
|Organizers:||Leibniz University Hanover|
|Conference venue:||Hanover, Leibniz University Hanover|
Cornelia Rauh (Cornelia.Rauh@hist-uni.hannover.de)
|Classification:||D4 - Market Structure and Pricing ; G1 - General Financial Markets ; K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior|
|Event type:||Konferenzen, Tagungen; Conferences|