Archive pour la catégorie ‘colloques’

« Alternative Banking and Social Inclusion » Conference

Vendredi 24 septembre 2010

Conference at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, 7-8 July 2011

Conveners: Kurt Mettenheim, Getulio Vargas Foundation São Paulo Business School & Olivier Butzbach, King´s College Department of Management and Second University, Naples

SSFN members are invited to submit paper proposals for presentation and subsequent publication in an edited volume on alternative banking and social inclusion. Although case studies will be considered, preference will be given to broader comparative or thematic studies, and especially to unpublished studies of major savings, cooperative and alternative banking institutions in developing and emerging countries. Travel, room and meals covered for conference period.
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« Regulation School and the World Economic Crisis » Workshop

Mercredi 15 septembre 2010

Last week in Stockholm, Benjamin Braun told me that Pascal Petit, Charlie Dannreuther and Oliver Kessler organize « the first workshop dealing with theoretical and conceptual implications of the current economic crisis. » It will be held in Paris on October 27th 2010, at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Paris Nord.
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Why is a financial security called a « security » ?

Mercredi 15 septembre 2010

Last week, the Stockholm Conference Center hosted the 7th Pan European Conference on International Relations, to this time the largest International Relations Conference ever organized in Europe. The general topic was : « Politics in Hard Times: International Relations Responses to the Financial Crisis »

There, I had the opportunity to listen to Pierre-Charles Pradier (Univ. Paris I – SAMM) and Katia Béguin’s (Univ. Paris I – IDHE) presentation about the « Rentes sur l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris ». These were not « bonds » in the modern sense of the word, but transferable « perpetuities ». Due to a mild interpretation of Church laws prohibiting usury, perpetuities allowed the asset bearers to receive annual coupons without the right of calling for repayment. I was very much interested in the model that Pradier and Béguin provided for understanding seventeenth century French history through the relationships between social groups of holders of such perpetuities competing for payments by the state.

Then I heard Marieke de Goede (Univ. Amsterdam) on the involvement of financial institutions in the fight against terrorism. She emphasized the way in which financial data are used in order to track possible terrorists. State agencies require financial institutions to send them any data pointing to suspicious financial behaviour, in the name of what she calls « speculative security ».

My discovery of the « perpetuity » asset class and the collision of meanings in the word « security » (financial asset or safety) raised a question that I hope someone can answer. Why are bonds, stocks, derivative contracts and so on, called « securities » in English, while, for example, the French put them under the category of « titres financiers »? I will be very glad to hear anyone who has an idea about the origin of the word « security ».

Pierre de Larminat. 15 sept. 2010

Reembedding Finance – Time to send your paper proposals !

Jeudi 7 janvier 2010

The submission deadline for abstracts of communications to the SSFA workshop is nearing!

The workshop « Reembedding Finance » is to be held in Paris on May 20th-21st 2010.

Don’t forget to send your proposal before January 15th at this link.

If you want to contact the organizing committee, please e-mail us at: reembeddingfinance[at]gmail[.]com