Joint conference of the Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop (IMSW) and the Journal of Cultural Economy

Edinburgh, 31 May to 2 June 2023

Welcome! It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 7th Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop (#IMSW2023). In 2023, IMSW comes to the University of Edinburgh and will be hosted for the first time in collaboration with the Journal of Cultural Economy.

IMSW was founded in 2010 and is now the primary gathering place for academics interested in the social studies of markets from fields as diverse as science and technology studies, sociology, organisation studies, marketing, information systems, political science, history, anthropology, and geography. Previous events have been hosted in Sweden, Dublin, Ireland, France, Scotland, and Denmark.

The Journal of Cultural Economy (JCE) was established in 2008 as an outlet for research exploring the role material cultural practices play in organising economies, markets, and societies, and is now an essential platform for inter, cross, and transdisciplinary studies of all things economic. The constituencies of IMSW and the JCE have always naturally overlapped, and we are delighted to join forces in Edinburgh in 2023.

Our theme this time is Future Markets—Market Futures. The concept of 'futures' is often mobilised in response to the twenty-first century's urgent, stubborn, or 'wicked' problems: global public health, climate emergency, geopolitical instability, rising wealth inequalities, technopopulism among many. In the academy 'futures' indexes a range of critical, empirical, methodological, and institutional responses to these problems. We draw on this architecture of futures thinking to invite reflections on the role the future plays in planning. projecting, modelling, imagining, designing, making, maintaining, promising, casting, and forecasting markets.

We are delighted to have confirmed our keynote speakers: Professor Sharon Zukin, Dr Lana Swartz, Professor Michel Callon (in a pre-recorded conversation with Koray Caliskan), and Professor Pierre-Benoît Joly.

As detailed in our full Call for Papers, submissions are invited across any of the following topics:

  • Accountable futures
  • Concerning futures
  • Designing futures
  • Financial futures
  • Hyping futures
  • Spatial futures
  • Technological futures

Liz McFall, Teea Palo, and Neil Pollock

Hosted in collaboration with the Journal of Cultural Economy.

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