4 new podcast episodes

Kathryn Brown on art markets and financialisation

In this episode, Matthew is joined by Kathryn Brown, Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Loughborough University. They discuss how the development of art markets in the twentieth century displayed particular forms of financialisation; what art markets can reveal about financial practices; and how financial and aesthetic considerations can coincide in the experience of viewing art.

Kathryn is the author of Matisse: A Critical Life (Reaktion, 2021), as well of articles on art markets and finance.

Avarice and Money in Late Renaissance France with Jonathan Patterson

In this episode, Matthew is joined by Jonathan Patterson (University of Oxford), to discuss Jonathan’s work on avarice in late Renaissance France. Jonathan explains how avarice was connected with notions of social class and gender, and relates to the physical presence of money. He also discusses how attitudes to money emerged in the context of humanism and religion, across multiple contexts.

Jonathan is the author of Representing Avarice in Late Renaissance France (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Katy Shaw on the credit crunch in contemporary culture

In this episode, Mark is joined by Katy Shaw, Professor of Contemporary Writings at Northumbria University in the UK, and they discuss her work on the credit crunch in contemporary culture. The podcast covers the idea that the entire financial system is a form of fiction; tackles the important issue of the public’s financial literacy; explores the gendered regime of finance; and makes a passionate case for the arts and humanities to work more closely with economics and social sciences to explore fully the cultural life of money and finance.

Katy’s research interests include contemporary literature, especially working class literature, cultural representations of post-industrial regeneration, and the languages of comedy. An expert in twenty-first-century literature, Katy has produced two books on the crime author David Peace, a 2015 monograph on representations of the Credit Crunch in contemporary culture, and a collection on the teaching of twenty-first-century genre fiction. Her 2018 book Hauntology explored the persistent role of the past in the present of contemporary English Literature.

Money and the informal economy in Italy, with Isabella Clough Marinaro

In this episode, Matthew is joined by Isabella Clough Marinaro (John Cabot University), to discuss her work on money in the informal economy in Italy, especially in Rome. Isabella discusses issues relating to the importance of cash in the informal economy, the functions of formal and informal credit, the way in which financial practices in the informal economy affect experiences of time and temporality, and the relationship between money and shame.

Isabella Clough Marinaro is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at John Cabot University in Rome.

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