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Launched in November 2020, The Cultural Life of Money and Finance aims to explore the ways in which the arts and humanities can engage with debates on the future of money and finance, at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is causing profound change in the global financial system, as innovation in financial practice continues apace, and as citizens, investors, NGOs and policymakers engage with the role of finance in tackling the climate crisis.

Research on finance is developing rapidly, across behavioural economics, social sciences, finance and accounting, artificial intelligence, politics and international relations, and sustainability studies. At the same time, a number of important research projects in the arts and humanities have addressed aspects of finance, including through reflection on history, culture, ethics.

This project brings together diverse arts and humanities approaches to finance, the global financial system, and financial practices and behaviours, in order to build a dialogue with the broader research landscape on finance and with key stakeholders, and to identify emerging research issues and opportunities for collaboration.

The project is led by Matthew Treherne (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies), Rachel Muers (School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science) and Mark Davis (School of Sociology and Social Policy).

We are supported by the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute, as part of their Sadler Seminar Series scheme, and by the Cultural Institute, through the Leeds Creative Labs.  We are pleased to be working closely with Invisible Flock, and with Special Collections at the University of Leeds.