Call for Abstracts – The Politics of Finance

Young Scholars Initiative Pre-Conference Workshop @Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 June 2020

Three working groups, Development, Financial Stability, and East Asia proposes a pre-conference on Thursday 18 June 2020 at the Graduate Institute Geneva before the main conference The Politics of Finance. The conference, held on 18~19 June 2020, invites scholars in economics, history, sociology, political science and legal studies in different career stages to critically examine sovereign creditworthiness, credibility and reputation. In doing so, it attempts to initiate scholarly dialogue on the political and cultural aspects of banking practices based on ‘trust’ and the relations between politics and banking.

Contributions might address, but are not limited to, the following questions:
• What makes a country credible and creditworthy?
• How do International Organisations perceive different regimes?
• How is creditworthiness lost? How is creditworthiness reestablished?
• How do governmental and rating agencies, or financial institutions establish creditworthiness?
These are some of the questions that this international conferences wishes to address in an interdisciplinary way. We hope to bring together scholars to discuss a highly relevant research topic, in the context of increasing tensions in countries such as Argentina, Venezuela and Turkey. Confirmed keynote is Professor Jeffry Frieden, Harvard University.

Three working groups which shares common interests in the theme of conference aims to provide opportunities for young scholars to participate and present their latest works during the workshop and receive feedback from mentors from local faculty members. Furthermore, they will attend the conference free of charge. The workshop aims to facilitate the dialogue between young scholars by a truly interactive debate over the topics submitted for discussion through the call. Yet this workshop primarily would be a stage for the young scholars to present their work.
Pre-conference sessions will invite four papers, and two outstanding papers will have an opportunity to be presented at the conference. Regarding the selection process organisers demand young scholars to submit paper abstracts between 300 to 600 words and a statement of motivation no more than 500 words by 20 December 2019. The selected participants will receive every abstract for discussions before the workshop. Limited funding to defray travels and accommodation is available, thanks to the generous support from YSI