Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Amin Samman

Centre for Capitalism Studies Visiting Research Fellow, 1 September 2024 to 31 August 2025

Amin Samman is Reader in International Political Economy at City, University of London. His research explores the temporal, historical, and existential aspects of contemporary capitalism, with an emphasis on how these relate to the workings of money, debt, and finance. He is author of History in Financial Times (Stanford University Press, 2019) and editor of Clickbait Capitalism: Economies of Desire in the Twenty-First Century (Manchester University Press, 2023). Dr Samman is actively involved in fostering cutting-edge research in the field of 'finance and society' studies. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Finance and Society, published by Cambridge University Press, as well as Director of the Finance and Society Network.

Project summary

During his time at the Centre for Capitalism Studies, Dr Samman will be working on a project with the title Currency of Nihilism. This project aims to bring the financial status of contemporary nihilism into historical focus, spotlighting the signal moods and structural dynamics of nihilism in a digital-financial key. This will be the basis for a new theory of financial nihilism that connects global psychological trends to the latest developments in world finance. Dr Samman’s work intersects with the Centre’s emphasis on interdisciplinarity and its focus on the financial aspect of capitalism. His project will contribute to the Centre by developing a novel history of economic nihilism and its financialisation.