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GEOFIN Working Paper 9 published

Marek Mikuš's fourth and final working paper for GEOFIN (Western Banks in Eastern Europe: New Geographies of Financialisation), an ERC-funded research project on which he previously collaborated, has just been published. The paper entitled 'Financialization of the state in Croatia: findings of an interview-based case study', as well as other GEOFIN working papers by Marek and other authors, is available here.

New Publication 

Marek Mikuš has contributed to the new working paper of the Periféria Policy and Research Centre entitled Household Debt on the Peripheries of Europe: New Constellations since 2008. The extensive and open-source working paper, intended primarily for civil society organizations and the wider public, reviews and compares recent trends in household debt in Eastern and Southern Europe. It is in part a collective product based on the eponymous workshop that took place in Budapest in November 2009. For download, visit the website of the Periféria Centre: https://www.periferiacenter.com/periferia-working-papers



Vacancies - 2 PhD positions

'Peripheral Debt' is now inviting applications for two PhD positions. The PhD students will be expected to develop dissertations on household debt in Hungary and Poland, respectively. The deadline for applying has been extended to 15 June 2020. For more information on the positions and application process, please visit this vacancy's announcement page.

Call for Papers: "Contesting Household Debt", IUAES2020 Congress, Šibenik, 7-11 October 2020

Dr. Marek Mikuš and Dr. Irene Sabaté are inviting paper proposals for their panel ‘Contesting Household Debt: Politics, Infrapolitics, and the Political Economy of Debtor-Creditor Relations’ at the IUAES2020 Congress in Šibenik, Croatia on 7-11 October 2020. The panel is sponsored by the IUAES Commission on Global Transformations and Marxian Anthropology. The panel abstract and the online submission system is available here. Deadline for proposals has been extended to June 1 2020.


Workshop "Foreign-Currency Housing Loans in Eastern Europe: Crises, Tensions and Struggles" 
University in Zagreb.

On 15-16 February 2020, Marek Mikuš will participate in the workshop "Foreign-Currency Housing Loans in Eastern Europe: Crises, Tensions and Struggles" that he is co-organizing with Ágnes Gagyi and Petra Rodik at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University in Zagreb. See the programme here.


Outline of the Peripheral Debt research project
Speaker: Marek Mikuš

06.12.2019 at 11:15,  
University of Information Technology and Management, Rzeszów, Poland

On 6 December 2019, Marek Mikuš will present an outline of the Peripheral Debt research project at the 3rd International Scientific Conference "Financialization and Society" in Rzeszów, Poland. His talk will be part of Session B ("Impact Mechanisms of Financialization on the Processes Taking Place in the Economy") starting at 11:15. More information about the conference is available here: https://finansjalizacja.wsiz.pl/en/

Click here to download the slides of the presentation.


Households and Financialization in Europe's Peripheries. Co-Editors Petra Rodik and Marek Mikuš 

Together with his co-editor Petra Rodik, Marek Mikuš recently signed a publication contract for an edited collection with the working title Households and Financialization in Europe's Peripheries, to be published in Routledge's RIPE Series in Global Political Economy. Likely publication date is late 2020/early 2021.

Call for Papers: "Contesting Household Debt", IUAES2020 Congress, Šibenik, 7-11 October 2020

Dr. Marek Mikuš and Dr. Irene Sabaté are inviting paper proposals for their panel ‘Contesting Household Debt: Politics, Infrapolitics, and the Political Economy of Debtor-Creditor Relations’ at the IUAES2020 Congress in Šibenik, Croatia on 7-11 October 2020. The panel is sponsored by the IUAES Commission on Global Transformations and Marxian Anthropology. The panel abstract and the online submission system is available here: Deadline for proposals is 23 March 2020


Workshop "Foreign-Currency Housing Loans in Eastern Europe: Crises, Tensions and Struggles" 
University in Zagreb.

On 15-16 February 2020, Marek Mikuš will participate in the workshop "Foreign-Currency Housing Loans in Eastern Europe: Crises, Tensions and Struggles" that he is co-organizing with Ágnes Gagyi and Petra Rodik at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University in Zagreb. See the programme here.


Outline of the Peripheral Debt research project
Speaker: Marek Mikuš

06.12.2019 at 11:15,  
University of Information Technology and Management, Rzeszów, Poland

On 6 December 2019, Marek Mikuš will present an outline of the Peripheral Debt research project at the 3rd International Scientific Conference "Financialization and Society" in Rzeszów, Poland. His talk will be part of Session B ("Impact Mechanisms of Financialization on the Processes Taking Place in the Economy") starting at 11:15. More information about the conference is available here:https://finansjalizacja.wsiz.pl/en/


Households and Financialization in Europe's Peripheries. Co-Editors Petra Rodik and Marek Mikuš 

Together with his co-editor Petra Rodik, Marek Mikuš recently signed a publication contract for an edited collection with the working title Households and Financialization in Europe's Peripheries, to be published in Routledge's RIPE Series in Global Political Economy. Likely publication date is late 2020/early 2021.


Marek Mikuš ist seit dem 1. Oktober 2019 am MPI für ethnologische Forschung Leiter einer Forschungsgruppe, die im Rahmen des Emmy-Noether-Programms der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) finanziert wird. In seinem Projekt mit dem Titel „Peripheral Debt: Money, Risk and Politics in Eastern Europe“ wird er sich mit den Folgen der hohen Verschuldung privater Haushalte in Osteuropa beschäftigen. Wir haben ihn gefragt, warum dieses Thema so relevant ist und was ihn daran interessiert. mehr

From boom to bust to...? Household indebtedness in Croatia, ca. 1999–2019
Sprecher: Marek Mikuš
22.11.2019, 16:13 Uhr, Gólya Cooperative
Periféria Policy and Research Center, Budapest

On Friday 22 November 2019 at 16:30, Marek Mikuš will give a talk entitled “From boom to bust to...? Household indebtedness in Croatia, ca. 1999–2019” at the workshop on “Household debt on the peripheries of Europe: new constellations since 2008” in Budapest. The workshop is organized by the Periféria Policy and Research Center and will take place in the Gólya Cooperative, Orczy út 46-48, 1089 Budapest on 22–23 November.

Link zum Download der Präsentation in Budapest.


Peripheral Debt: money, risk and politics in Eastern Europe 
Sprecher: Marek Mikuš
12.11.2019, 16:15 Uhr, Großer Seminarraum
Vortrag im Anthropological Workshop/Werkstatt Ethnologie

This talk introduces Peripheral Debt: Money, Risk and Politics in Eastern Europe, a recently launched DFG Emmy Noether research group project that will conduct a comparative ethnographic study of household debt in the context of peripheral financialization in Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The group aims to fill three gaps in the anthropological scholarship on household debt. First, it will explore the role of money in household lending practices typical for Eastern Europe, such as foreign-currency, variable-interest and payday loans. This will reveal how money functions as a special kind of commodity embedded in unequal social and geographic relations. Second, the group will document how these and other practices enabled the heightened transfer of risk to Eastern European households, and how the crisis made this visible and transformed actors’ practices towards risk. Finally, it will study the reformist and often nationalist and populist politics of household debt in Eastern Europe, which differs from the politics of Western anti-debt movements documented so far. Using a historical anthropological approach, Peripheral Debt will explain why and how such modes of contestation developed in response to peripheral financialization. By exploring them in relation to state efforts to govern debt through financial education and market-based solutions, the group will also contribute to the anthropological literature on the state, civil society and social movements.(Speaker's abstract)

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