Welcome to the New Times network.

The network brings together a group of international scholars from across social science disciplines (Sociology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Law, and Geography) who are engaged in this project of rethinking via:

  • inventive mappings of the unfolding and uneven process of the socialization of production.
  • thinking through the implications of this process at conceptual and theoretical levels for the thoroughly entangled concepts of gender and labour.

New Publication: What Can Money Do?

Lisa Adkins’ article, ‘What Can Money Do? Feminist Theory in Austere Times’ has been published in the special issue of Feminist Review on ‘The Politics of Austerity’ (2015) 109, 31–48. doi:10.1057/fr.2014.37

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What can money do? Can it be put to work to address deepening forms of social and economic inequality associated with the financial crisis, ongoing recession and still unfolding politics of austerity? Can we have faith in money as an injustice-remedying substance in a crisis-ridden and (still thoroughly) financialised reality? While the latter scenario is implied in recent feminist calls to redistribute resources to redress widening socio-economic inequalities under austerity, in this article I suggest that such a redistributive logic fails to account for the shifting capacities of resources, including the capacities of money. To track these shifting capacities, I revisit the demands of the 1970s women’s liberation movement and especially the assumptions at play in these demands that money both measure and distribute justice. While these assumptions were arguably politically efficacious in that moment, in the contemporary present, pervasive financialisation has involved a material transformation to the capacities of money, a transformation that, I will suggest, leaves its justice-distributing potential in doubt. This article therefore not only calls for careful exploration of the capacities of resources in analyses of crisis, recession and austerity, but also for feminist theory to rethink redistributive justice in the light of such transformations. Central to these considerations is money in the wages form.

The Financialisation of Life and Labour: Households, Gender and Social Reproduction

Network panel at:

International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)

Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy: “The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives”, 16-18 September  2014, Naples, ITALY.

The Financialisation of Life and Labour: Households, Gender and Social Reproduction 

  • Lisa Adkins: Domestic Labour, Financialization and the Creation of Promissory Value.
  • Fiona Allon: Speculating on Everyday Life: Finance, Time and the Future.
  • Donatella Alessandrini: Derivatives and the challenge of “performation”: Some reflections on the nexus between labour, value and social reproduction.

Full conference details here.


WSQ Special Issue: Debt

Women’s Studies Quarterly 42. 1-2 (2014) is a special issue on DEBT edited by Meena Alexander and Rosalind Petchesky.

Table of Contents

  • Editors’ Note: The Teaching Poor, Amy Herzog, Joe Rollins
  • Introduction: Life and Debt, Rosalind Petchesky, Meena Alexander

Part I. Global Flows

  • Debt and Its Social Entrapments, A. R. Vasavi
  • Woman Is an Object Without History: (and Other Reflections upon Reading David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years), Annie Spencer
  • An Ode to the Debt Resistor: From The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual, Strike Debt/Occupy Wall Street
  • The Scissors of Debt: Comments from Southern Europe, Josep Maria Antentas, Esther Vivas
  • Honey Flies, H. Lynnette Barr
  • Global Health: The Debts of Gratitude, Nora J. Kenworthy
  • Feminist Indebtedness, Claire McKinney

Part II. Debt in Everyday Life

  • The Adventures of Dorrit Little, Monica Johnson
  • Douloti the Bountiful, Mahasweta Devi, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
  • The Kind of Life You Always Wanted, Justin Boening
  • Habitual Exit, Jayanti Tamm

Part III. Women’s Work and the “Social Necessity Debt”

  • Poverty, Middle-Class Poverty, and the Tyranny of Debt: Excerpt of “Poverty” by Ira Steward, 1873, Stuart Ewen
  • Gendered Transactions: Identity and Payment at Midcentury, Lana Swartz
  • Lean Back: Lessons from Woolf, Rebecca Colesworthy
  • An Honest Day’s Wage for a Dishonest Day’s Work: (Re)Productivism and Refusal, Heather Berg
  • Global Warming Blues, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Part IV. Classic Revisited: Beloved

  • “… whatever she saw go on in that barn”, Nell Painter
  • After Slavery, Patricia Ticineto Clough
  • The Debt of Memory: Reparations, Imagination, and History in Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Richard Perez
  •  “Unspeakable Things Unspoken”: Reflections on Teaching Beloved, Barbara J. Webb
  • Beloved Citizens: Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Racial Inequality, and American Public Policy, Alex Zamalin

Part V. Moral Debt: Dislocation and Resistance

  • Debt, the Precarious Grammar of Life, and Manjula Padmanabhan’s Harvest, Jodi Kim
  • Fine in High Summer Sudden When, Shane McCrae
  • Illiberal Promises: Two Texts on Immigration and Moral Debt, Nicholas Gamso
  • Twenty-First-Century Debt Collectors: Idle No More Combats a Five-Hundred-Year-Old Debt, Amanda Morris

Part VI. Debt’s Body: Aesthetics and Affect

  • Speculative Technologies: Debt, Love, and Divination in a Transnationalizing Market, Larisa Jasarevic
  •  “Even a Freak Like You Would Be Safe in Tel Aviv”: Transgender Subjects, Wounded Attachments, and the Zionist Economy of Gratitude, Saffo Papantonopoulou
  • Trading Credit for Debt: Queer History-Making and Debt Culture, T. L. Cowan, Jasmine Rault
  • March 1969, Airea D. Matthews
  • Hermeneutics, Amy Lawless

Part VII. Alerts and Provocations

  • The Discreet Transient, Janet Yoon

Public Lecture: What do wages do? Feminist theory in austere times

2014 ANU Gender Institute Public Lecture Series Feminist Theory Now

Tuesday 3 June 5 – 6.30 pm

Professor Lisa Adkins, BHP Billiton Chair of Sociology, University of Newcastle

The Theatrette Room 2.02, Sir Roland Wilson Bulding, McCoy Circuit, ANU, Canberra.

In this lecture, Professor Adkins investigates the role of resources, including money, in analyses of contemporary economic crisis, especially in feminist analyses. She calls for feminist theory to rethink redistributive justice in the light of material transformations to the capacities of money and asks the questions: What can money do? Can it be put to work to address deepening forms of social and economic inequality?



Journal Special Issue: Gender and Labour in New Times

Out now:  journal special issue edited by Lisa Adkins and Maryanne Dever.

Special Issue: ‘Gender and Labour in New Times’ in Australian Feminist Studies Volume 29, Issue 79 (2014)



  • Fiona Allon, ‘The Feminisation of Finance: Gender, Labour and the Limits of Inclusion
  • Linda McDowell, ‘The Sexual Contract, Youth, Masculinity and the Uncertain Promise of Waged Work in Austerity Britain
  • Emily Grabham, ‘Legal Form and Temporal Rationalities in UK Work–Life Balance Law
  • Anna Yeatman, ‘Feminism and the Technological Age

 View now on Taylor and Francis Online

New journal issue: The Fictions of Finance


The Fictions of Finance, Volume 2014, Number 118, Winter 2014

Issue Editors Aaron Carico and Dara Orenstein


Poem: Michael Robbins: Günter Glieben Glauchen Glöben

Aaron Carico and Dara Orenstein: Editors’ Introduction: The Fictions of Finance


  • Courtney Fullilove: The Price of Bread: The New York City Flour Riot and the Paradox of Capitalist Food Systems
  • Alyosha Goldstein: Finance and Foreclosure in the Colonial Present
  • Jordana Rosenberg and Britt Rusert: Framing Finance: Rebellion, Dispossession, and the Geopolitics of Enclosure in Samuel Delany’s Nevèrÿon Series


  •  Leigh Claire La Berge: The Rules of Abstraction: Methods and Discourses of Finance
  •  Max Haiven: The Creative and the Derivative: Historicizing Creativity under Post – Bretton Woods Financialization

Curated Spaces

  •  Colin Matthes: Getting by in the Foreverscape
  • Áine Phillips: “Redress State” in a Boom/Bust Country


  • Hannah Chadeayne Appel: Finance Is Just Another Word for Other People’s Debts: An Interview with David Graeber


  •  Derek Nystrom: At Home in Crisis: The Alienated Emotional Labor of Up in the Air
  •  Robert Wosnitzer: The Voice Spoken but Not Heard: Allegories of Labor and Finance in The Artist
  •  Matthew Garrett: History with a Capital H: Jonathan Levy, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012; Michael O’Malley, Face Value: The Entwined Histories of Money and Race in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.




CFP: Futures in Question

11-12 September 2014 
Goldsmiths, University of London

Extended deadline for proposals: 28 April 2014

Keynote Speakers

Professor Lisa Adkins (University of Newcastle, Australia), Professor Patricia Clough (City University of New York) and Professor Mike Michael (University of Sydney).

 How is the future imagined, planned for and manifested as the site of social and political struggle?

Is the idea of progress towards a better future challenged as a result of financial, environmental, political and health crises?

How do the social sciences, arts and humanities study the future – theoretically and methodologically – and how might they develop modes of analysis to invent different futures?

This conference will explore the contours of ‘the future’ in our current context of multiple financial, ecological and political crises. We are interested in drawing out intersections between the variety of ways that the future is imagined, planned for and performed across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

For more details, find the full call for papers here: Futures In Question CFP.