Thursday Lates: Warhol, Money and Capitalism


Thursday 30 March, 2017, The Whitworth, Oxford Road

An evening of discussion, politics and performance reflecting on The Whitworth’s exhibition, Artist Rooms: Andy Warhol.

Alliance Manchester Business School’s Ismail Ertürk, Senior Lecturer in Banking and Edward Granter, Lecturer in Organisation and Society; will be joined by Samantha Lackey, Senior Curator at the Whitworth Gallery; Shaun French, Economic Geographer from the University of Nottingham; and Liz McFall, Sociologist from the Open University; to discuss money, capitalism and markets within the context of Andy Warhol’s work.

The event is a free Thursday Late event and includes premiere performances of new compositions by masters students from The University of Manchester’s Music Department which will take place within the exhibition itself.

Throughout the night the Café in the Trees will be serving a selection of food and drinks.

5pm: Guided tour (limited to 30 places which should be pre-booked. To book a place email

6pm: Premiere performances of compositions for instruments and electronics

7pm: Warhol, Money and Capitalism panel discussion

8pm: Premiere performances of compositions for instruments and electronics


Social sciences and Andy Warhol
Warhol is known to many primarily as art salesman, purveyor of product and celebrant of capitalism and who’s reading of the American Dream – at a time when the country is under scrutiny following the 2016 US Presidential election – makes him urgently relevant for our times. Warhol’s work, however, has always attracted social scientists’ interest. Two major philosophers who have influenced research and thought in contemporary social sciences including business and management studies, Deleuze (1968) and Foucault (1970), considered Warhol’s “serial” paintings – where consumption of iconic pop culture and everyday goods, like the images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s soup cans, were artistically intermediated- as part of a revolutionary break in Western thought in the way truth and falsity are understood.


Ismail Ertürk
is Senior Lecturer in Banking at Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester.  His research interests in financialisation and cultural economy have led to his collaboration with several contemporary artists on money and finance related work.  He has involved in the production of three contemporary art performances by the Swedish contemporary artists Goldin+Senneby on shadow banking (Discreet Charm), credit default swaps (I dispense, divide, assign, keep, hold) and post-crisis central bank policies (Shorting the Long Position). His most recent publications are on shadow banking, bank regulation and reform after the crisis and post-crisis central bank unconventional policies.

Edward Granter is Lecturer in Organisation and Society at Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester. He is the author of the book Critical Social Theory and the End of Work (2009).  His research interests include critical theory, organised crime/corporate crime and the concept of the ‘racket’, critical management studies, extreme work, heroes and heroism in organisation on which he has published articles and books.  After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge before his graduate studies he spent time working as a labourer in various factories in South Cheshire and North Staffordshire, as well as teaching English in St. Petersburg and History at a secondary school in Hanley.

Shaun French is Associate Professor in Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham.  His research interests are in the geographies of economic practice and knowledge, epistemic communities, institutions, professions and spaces of the production and circulation of business knowledge and praxis. The latter involving an engagement with wider theories of industrial clustering and agglomeration.  His specific research focuses on three areas:  financial services and money (in particular the long-term insurance sector, socially responsible investment and financial centres); professionals and business knowledge communities; and e-commerce and the increasing significance of software and information communications technologies for business.

Liz McFall is Head of Sociology Department at Open University.  She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cultural Economy and co-founder of the CHARISMA Consumer Market Studies research network.  Her research is about how consumer markets are made, especially for dull, difficult or challenging products like life and health insurance and doorstep and payday loans. Her current research project explores how the convergences surrounding digital disruption and the current global wave of health care funding reforms are forging new roles for states, markets and marketing. Her book Devising Consumption: cultural economies of insurance, credit and spending (2014) explores the historical connections between insurance, credit, spending and public welfare.


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