Podcast

The Cultural Life of Money and Finance project runs a podcast, including our conversations with researchers and practitioners on our key questions. The podcast can be followed on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and a number of other platforms; it is also available on Anchor at https://anchor.fm/culturallifeofmoney.

Episode 1: Creative responses to financialisation, with Invisible Flock

This episode presents a conversation between Rachel, Mark and Matthew, and Catherine Baxendale, Executive Producer of Invisible Flock. Invisible Flock are an award-winning arts studio based in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and have been our artistic partners in the Cultural Life of Money and Finance project. We discuss some of the themes that have emerged in our collaboration – how money and finance shape relationships between humans, and between humans and the natural world; how finance helps shape our experience of time; the role of the digital in shaping financial experience; and how artistic activity and innovation can help reimagine the place of money and finance in our lives and societies.

To find out more about Invisible Flock, please visit https://invisibleflock.com; they are on Twitter @invisibleflock.

Episode 2: Icelandic cultural responses to the 2008 crash, with Alaric Hall

In this episode, Matthew is joined by Alaric Hall, Associate Professor in the School of English at the University of Leeds, and author of Útrásarvíkingar: The Literature of the Icelandic Financial Crisis (2008–2014). We discuss the particular forms of financialisation in Iceland prior to the crash, and the ways in which literature and culture responded to the crisis – and what we might learn from that cultural responses to the events of 2008.

Alaric’s book can be ordered or downloaded as a free PDF at https://punctumbooks.com/titles/utrasarvikingar-the-literature-of-the-icelandic-financial-crisis-2008-2014/. For more information about Alaric and his work, please visit https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/english/staff/60/dr-alaric-hall.

Episode 3: Christianity and financialised capitalism, with Kathryn Tanner

In this episode, Rachel is joined by Kathryn Tanner, Frederick Marquand Professor of Divinity and Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, and author of Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism (Yale, 2019). We discuss how finance-dominated capitalism establishes particular models of subjectivity, and the role that religious traditions and institutions can play in broadening understanding of human potential in the context of the contemporary economy.

Kathryn Tanner’s book is available at https://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?k=9780300219036. For more information on Kathryn, please visit https://religiousstudies.yale.edu/people/kathryn-tanner.

Episode 4: Dante and contemporary financialisation, with Mark Davis and Matthew Treherne

In this episode, Mark and Matthew discuss Dante’s response to developments in finance in late medieval Italy, exploring how the issues associated with avarice, usury and banking connect with twenty-first-century concerns about credit and debt, green finance, and the effects of economic growth.

The conversation was first recorded as part of the Leeds Dante Podcast series, “Conversations on Dante”, in October 2020.

Episode 5: The Theological Power of Money, with Devin Singh

In this episode, Rachel is joined by Devin Singh, Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth about his 2018 book entitled Divine Currency: The Theological Power of Money in the West. The issues discussed in the conversation include the connections between moneylending and warfare; why we talk about punishment as ‘paying a debt’; theology and coinage, including why and why not people might put a sacred image on a coin; links between religious innovation and economic innovation; minting of coins as assertions of sovereignty; and the cultural history and contemporary relevance of the idea of ‘dirty’ money.

Devin Singh’s book is available at https://www.degruyter.com/view/title/589048. For more information on Devin, please visit https://religion.dartmouth.edu/people/devin-singh.

Episode 6: Kat Baxter on how “Money Talks” in numismatics and museum collections

In this episode, Matthew is joined by Kat Baxter, Curator of Archaeology and Numismatics at Leeds Museums and Galleries (https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/). They discuss Kat’s work on a forthcoming exhibition, scheduled for February 2022 in Leeds City Museum, called Money Talks. They discuss the insights that can be gained when a collection of money-related objects are brought to the centre of attention in this way, and Kat discusses some of the key objects in the exhibition – from coin hoards to money-related toys.