ipa2018@business-school.ed.ac.uk John McIntyre Conference Centre and South Hall Complex 11-13 July 2018

Keynote speakers

Bruce G. Carruthers

Bruce G. Carruthers is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Director of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1991 and works in the areas of comparative-historical sociology, economic sociology, and the sociology of law, with research funding coming from the National Science Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and the Tobin Project.

He has written five books, most recently Money and Credit: A Sociological Approach, as well as numerous articles. Carruthers has been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and was the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. Recently, he was the president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, and is finishing a book on the history of credit and credit decision-making in the US during the 19th and 20th-centuries.


Miranda Joseph

Miranda Joseph is Professor and Chair of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University in 1995. Her scholarship uses the tools of cultural studies to explore the relationship between economic processes and social formations.

In Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism (2014), she explores modes of accounting (financial, juridical and managerial) as they are deployed to create, sustain and transform social relations, with particular attention to gender, race and sexuality. Her first book, Against the Romance of Community (2002), examines the supplementary relation of community with capitalism in the context of political debates over LGBT art and culture and the discourses and practices of NGOs.

In ongoing current work, such as "Investing the Cruel Entrepreneurial University", South Atlantic Quarterly 114:3 (July 2015), Joseph explores the impact of financialization on universities. And she is undertaking interdisciplinary collaborations to examine the limits and potentials of various forms of "counter-accounting", such as "Challenging Assumptions: Crossing Disciplinary Divides to Make Knowledge About Gender and Finance", co-authored with Joyce Serido, Feminist Formations 26:2 (Summer 2014).


Frank Pasquale

Frank Pasquale researches the law of big data, artificial intelligence, and algorithms. He has testified before or advised groups ranging from the Department of Health and Human Services, the House Judiciary Committee, the Federal Trade Commission, and directorates-general of the European Commission. He is the author of The Black Box Society (Harvard University Press, 2015), which has been translated into Chinese, Korean, French, and Serbian. This book examined algorithmic approaches to valuation and scoring in finance and technology firms, offering critical legal commentary and social theory on the displacement of human judgment by opaque and unvetted computationalist approaches to quantification.

He has served on the NSF-sponsored Council on Big Data, Ethics, & Society, and has co-authored a casebook on administrative law and co-authored or authored over 50 scholarly articles. His next book is tentatively titled Laws of Robotics: The Future of Professionalism in an Era of Automation.