May 16, 2013
by Annelise Riles

Upcoming events in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

I am really looking forward to two weeks in Australia, May 25-June 12.  On May 28 at 4:00pm, I will give a book talk about Collateral Knowledge at the Melbourne Business School.  On May 30, Karen Knop and I will present our work on how the Conflict of Laws can reinvigorate international diplomacy, with special attention to the diplomatic conflict surrounding female sexual slavery in WW2.  That talk will be at the Institute for International Law, Melbourne Law School at 4:00pm.  On June 4 at 5:30pm, in Theatre 230, I will participate in a public debate organized by the University of Melbourne on the topic of Governing Financial Crisis in East Asia.

In Sydney, I will give a Sydney Ideas Talk, a public lecture, on June 11 at 6:00pm at the University of Sydney Centre for International Law. The topic is “Retooling: Techniques for an Uncertain World,” and is based on a forthcoming book I am writing with Hiro Miyazaki and Yuji Genda on what professionals can do for themselves and for the world at this moment of unprecedented uncertainty.  If you are in the area please do come and say hi.

May 14, 2013
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Culture is hot in financial regulation. Is this a good thing?

Last week I gave the keynote lecture at the Canadian Society of Socio-Cultural Anthropology annual meeting in Victoria, Canada. I talked about the current fascination with “market culture” the “culture of Wall Street,” debt as an alternative to capital, and all kinds of anthropological and sociological paradigms for understanding markets.  Many anthropologists and sociologists of markets seem to feel that this is their ticket to fame and fortune.  There is a new market for culture in the financial markets! However my experience among lawyers and regulators has taught me that when these people use the term “culture” they mean something completely different from what anthropologists mean.  They mean, whatever economics cannot explain.  So anthropologists and sociologists make a mistake when they jump in and offer to collaborate with financiers on a culturalist analysis. Instead, I argued, we would be better off asking why or how economics fails and what other opportunities this failure opens up, for regulators and for anthropologists.


The full paper will be coming out in American Anthropologist in a few months.

May 1, 2013
by Annelise Riles

“New Governance” and Global Financial Regulation

In its latest newsletter, the Tobin Project covered the online publication of my recent working paper in which I examine the relevance of “New Governance” regulatory theory to the challenges faced by the Financial Stability board in regulating systematically important financial institutions.

Tobin Project Newsletter

Direct link to my working paper: Is New Governance the Ideal Architecture for Global Financial Regulation?

May 1, 2013
by Annelise Riles

Upcoming Talk: University of Michigan, May 11

May 11, 2013: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Keynote address of the 15th Annual Michicagoan Conference ‘Nice Form: Aesthetics, Poetics, Techniques’

3:30-5:00pm – East Conference Room, Rackham Graduate School Building, University of Michigan, 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI

Conference program available here.


The full list of talks and events is available here

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