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Chains of Value: How Intermediaries Evaluate Financial Instruments

Chains of Value: How Intermediaries Evaluate Financial Instruments
Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
4th May 2017 10:00 - 5th May 2017 18:00
Chrystal Macmillan Building, Hugh Robson Building


This conference is open for everyone interested as long as tickets (free of charge) are available.

To reserve a place for only the public talks, please click here.  
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Chains of Value is an international conference that focuses on evaluation practices in financial markets as understood in the social studies of finance. Scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (including, e.g., sociology, political economy, anthropology and science and technology studies) will examine the role played by both human and machine intermediaries in financial markets, and will investigate how those intermediaries work out the economic value of shares and other financial instruments.

The conference consists of a varied and exciting programme  that may speak to a broad audience. On Thursday morning (11am-1pm in the Hugh Robson Lecture Theatre), two public keynote lectures will be given by John Kay (author of, for example: Other People’s Money: Masters of the Universe or Servants of the People? London: Profile, 2015) and Donald MacKenzie (University of Edinburgh). On the second day of the conference, keynotes will be given by Ann-Christina Lange (Copenhagen Business School), and Gregory Jackson (Free University of Berlin).

May 4th will include presentations by scholars of the ERC-funded research project “Evaluation Practices in Financial Markets” (EPIFM).

May 5th will be dedicated to presentations by a number of international scholars in the social studies of finance. Their talks will cover a range of topics, including 'machines as mediators', 'valuation devices', 'financial market governance', and 'the role of analysts in financial markets'. 

A detailed programme of the meeting is available here

Any queries about the conference can be directed to the conference organisers Julius Kob ( and Arjen van der Heide (

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