11th Critical Finance Studies Conference

Alan Walters Building - University of Birmingham
Wednesday 7 August (13:00) - Friday 9 August 2019 (14:00)

Ann-Christine Frandsen (a.frandsen@bham.ac.uk) and Jean-Charles Buttolo (JXB1208@student.bham.ac.uk)

Studying finance critically is about risking one’s self in the course of producing radically novel ways of thinking and comprehending finance and, ultimately, of creating new possibilities of life. It is the place of the Critical Finance Studies conference to encourage a wide range of critical and creative ways of engaging with finance. 

In other words if you have a nascent or unusual idea this is the conference to submit your paper to. However, in addition, this year we especially encourage papers on Finance and the Environment, given the urgency of all issues concerning our planet’s habitability for humans and other species, and our consequent responsibility to future generations and all living things.

At the same time the environmental crisis is also an economic, political and social crisis for many across the planet in the present as well as the future. Both these agendas require innovative ways of thinking and acting about finance, whether in  conventional areas such as banking, regulation, governance, and the “high finance” of the financial markets, or less explored areas such as finance in the arts and in popular culture, or as play,. It also requires innovative practical ways of addressing both old and new problems.

Download the agenda for this conference here


  • Professor Jan Bebington, University of Birmingham, ‘Finance and the Environment’
  • Professor Skip Mcgoun, Brucknell University, ‘The Number’
  • Professor Chris Robinson, York University, ‘Teaching/ Reflexion Session’
  • Professor Janette Rutterford, University of York, ‘The impact of individual investors on the evolution of British financial markets’
  • Professor Ian Thomson, University of Birmingham, ‘Finance and the Environment’

Timeline for participation

  • The closing date for submissions to be considered for their presentation was 4 May 2019.
  • Participation is open to everyone with an interest in the conference theme. Registration to attend the event is done through the University online shop and possible until 1 July 2019.
  • Accepted texts are at various stages of their development. There is an opportunity to submit an extended abstract, an updated or a full version of these texts. The due date for revision is 15 July 2019. Revised submissions should be sent to Jean-Charles Buttolo (jxb1208@bham.ac.uk).

Key features

Presentation of accepted texts includes a 20 minutes address by the author(s) and a 10 minutes discussion with the audience lead by a chair.

Lunch and light refreshments are provided. Please indicate if you have any food allergies or special dietary needs.

The conference dinner will be on Thursday 8 August (not included in the conference fee – orders will be taken in advance and shortly before the conference start).

Conference venue

The conference will take place on the University’s campus situated south of Birmingham’s city centre. The Edgbaston campus is easily accessible via different means. Conference meetings will be in the Alan Walters Building (R29 campus map).

  • Taxi numbers: +44(121) 427 8888 (TOA Black Cabs); +44(121) 472 2222 (Castle Cars private hire).


Campus-based Hotels
To book accommodation at Lucas House Hotel or the Edgbaston Park Hotel please send either an email at reservations@edgbastonparkhotel.com or telephone at +44(121) 414 9780 or at +44(121) 414 9779.

City centre-based Hotels
Information on visiting Birmingham are available to CFS delegates.

Conference team

Dr Ann-Christine Frandsen, Professor Andrew Mullineux, Professor Keith Hoskin, Professor Ian Thomson, University of Birmingham, Dr John Morris, UCL. Conference assistance: PhD student Jean-Charles Buttolo. 

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