Wall Street Women

Saviors of the Global Economy? from Melissa Fisher | New York University, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Lecture and talk Friday, May 16th, 2014 | 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm including coffee and networking DIW Berlin, Mohrenstr. 58, 10117 Berlin – Schumpeter Hall

Chair: PD Dr. Elke Holst | Research Director Gender Studies, DIW Berlin
Introduction: Dr. Anja Kirsch | Department of Management, Freie Universität Berlin

In her book Wall Street WomenMelissa Fisher ethnographically examined how the first cohort of women in finance enacted „market feminisms“, incorporating tenets of liberal feminism such as equal rights into Wall Street institutions. Drawing on nearly two decades of field work with women in financial professions, this talk explores the recent evolution in the gendering of Wall Street as well as the potential effects of that evolution. Melissa Fisher will focus on effects of the 2008 financial crisis which was far more than any of its predecessors, depicted in strikingly gendered terms – with many commentators articulating a divide between masculine, greedy, risk-taking behavior and feminine, conservative, risk-averse approaches for healing the crisis. Some of them believed that reforming financial institutions and corporate practices would require not only re-regulating the economy but also recasting the gendered culture of finance.

Prof. Melissa S. Fisher, Ph.D is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University with appointments in the Program on Gender and Sexuality Studies and Metropolitan Studies Program. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology at Columbia University, and her B.A. at Barnard College. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the Alfred Sloan Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Lancaster University, and the Stockholm Center for Organizational Research at Stockholm. She has published Wall Street Women (Duke University Press, 2012). She also published book chapters and in journals including City and Society.She is also the co-editor of Frontiers of Capitalism: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy(Duke University Press, 2006). Her current book project is about alternative economies and communities in global cities.

We hope that you will be able to join us, and look forward to your participation. Please feel free to forward the invitation to interested parties. To participate, we kindly ask you to register at events@diw.deby May 13, 2014.

With kind regards,

Elke Holst