InterAsian Connections V : Seoul Workshop — Genealogies of Financialization : Reframing Sovereignty in Asia (1600–present)
The Great Recession of 2007 and the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 have ignited interest in how state power and peoples’ will are transmuted, amplified, and undermined by global financial regimes. Few may know of earlier financial crises, such as those in late Ming China (1368–1644) that led to the Single-Whip silver tax reform that sparked the first global integration of currency markets. Financial crises and state responses have shifted state-society boundaries for centuries, giving rise to novel transnational financial orders that discipline and engender new ideas of personhood and political subjectivities. Situated at the nexus of state power and finance from 1600 to the present, our objective is to explore non-Eurocentric genealogies of financialization across Asia.
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