School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Literature + Economics Seminar Series February 2020

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27 February 2020 - 28 February 2020

Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm

The Department of Comparative Literature and Culture in collaboration with the School of Economics and Finance are holding 3 exciting interdisciplinary events in late February 2020 on the theme of literature and economics.

We are delighted to welcome our Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Professor Peter Hitchcock, who is involved in each of the events. Peter is Professor of English at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Masterclass – Professor Hitchcock

"Stakeholders and Vampires: A Cultural Critique"

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 3pm

Queens Building W206, Mile End Campus

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Lecture – Professor Hitchcock

“’The horror! The horror!’: Abject Financialization and Corporate Reality”

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 4.30pm *Date change*

Queens Building W206, Mile End Campus *Venue change*


Cultural Finance One-Day Conference 

Friday, 28 Feb, 10am to 5pm

Arts Two, Senior Common Room, Mile End Campus 

Cultural Finance is a new and emerging area of economics that explores how cultural norms interact with financial decision making. The conference is the first of its kind in the UK and features papers by both literary critics and economists.

Keynote Speaker, Economics: Professor Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College London)

“The Intangible Economy”

Jonathan is co-author (with Stian Westlake) of Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy (2018). Microsoft’s Bill Gates calls it a “brilliant new book,” and says of the rapid rise of the intangible economy: “This is one of the biggest trends in the global economy that isn’t getting enough attention.”

Keynote Speaker, Literary Criticism: Professor Peter Hitchcock (CUNY)

“How to read Fictitious (and other keywords)”

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Enquiries for all three events:

Dr Ben Holgate, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Comparative Literature and Culture, email: