Apologies for cross-postings




European Financial Geographies in Flux: The Changing Urban Geographies of
the Advanced Producer Service Complex


Call for papers for the AAG Annual Meeting 2017, Boston, United States


Organizers: David Bassens (Vrije Universiteit Brussels), Susanne Heeg (Goete
Universität Frankfurt), Reijer Hendrikse (Vrije Universiteit Brussels), and
Michiel van Meeteren (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)


Nearly a decade after the Lehman bankruptcy that set off the global
financial crisis, and the continuing waves of fiscal and regulatory crises
that followed, geographical patterns of continuity and change in finance are
slowly becoming apparent. In Europe, the financial and monetary crisis have
resulted in the reworking of the Eurozone through several new layers of EU
regulation that have rejuvenated distinctions between European cores and
peripheries. On the urban scale, this has translated into shifts in the
division of labor across European financial centers as new rounds of
'financial innovation' and regulatory arbitrage intermingle with
historically grown patterns. All the while, European financial institutions
and the wider Advanced Producer Services (APS) complex – including
accountants, auditors, lawyers, and management consultants who have been
deeply implicated in the genesis of the crisis – have seemingly resumed to
business-as-usual and now seem closer than ever to the circles of European
policymakers as the latter set out to reboot the financial system.
Nevertheless, political events such as the Brexit, or technological
advancements enmeshed with the rise of Financial Technology, promise to
upset if not revolutionize existing business models as well as the
geographical organization of the APS complex. In other words, behind the
veil of continued financial supremacy resides a world in flux on the scale
of the firm, the region and the continent– a perpetually reworking of the
organizational landscapes of finance that urgently needs further unpacking. 


Fortunately, these developments do not have to take us by surprise. The
financial crisis and its continuing aftermath has resulted in an increasing
interest across the social sciences for the world of finance. In human
geography, the field of financial geography has risen to prominence, with
ever-more scholars dedicated to unpack and theorize geographies integral to
or impacted by sprawling financial logics, motives, and practices. We
welcome papers that build upon the growing insights of financial geography
to further investigate evolutions in the post-crisis geographies of finance
in particular and APS more generally, across financial centers, and to
compare and contrast their operational, political, and investment imprints
on urban space across Europe. Our primary focus is to map out these dynamics
across the European financial center landscape, but we are open for firm- or
sector-based contributions to go beyond the purview of Europe, or that embed
European geographies in a wider global or interregional perspective.
Sessions will focus on, but are not limited to:


*        Historical and contemporary geographical developments between and
within APS firms, i.e. sector-, firm- or cluster-based investigations,
touching upon policymaking, reregulation, financial center- or product
development, or related historical or conjunctural elaborations on financial
(dis) integration;

*        Investigations of distinct urban geographies of APS clusters and
their “professional” workers in key cities/financial centers in Europe and
elsewhere e.g. mapping the historical and contemporary evolution of firms,
sector-, network presence in key cities/financial centers;

*        Studies detailing the local consequences or variegated geographical
imprints of global finance upon urban landscapes, or financialization of
urban landscapes, e.g. tracing emerging real-estate bubbles,
offshore/absentee ownership of luxury properties in key cities, or the
financialization of relatively neglected urban domains, such as governments,
(quasi) public institutions, and the state.


Submission Procedure: Please send your proposals of 250 words to
<mailto:david.bass...@vub.ac.be> david.bass...@vub.ac.be,
<mailto:h...@geo.uni-frankfurt.de> h...@geo.uni-frankfurt.de,
<mailto:reijer.hendri...@vub.ac.be> reijer.hendri...@vub.ac.be, and
<mailto:michiel.van.meete...@vub.ac.be> michiel.van.meete...@vub.ac.be by
October, 15th, 2016.


Best wishes,



Assistant Professor @ Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research

Department of Geography
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Building F - Room 6F326
Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels


t: +32 (0)2 629 33 87

e:  <mailto:david.bass...@vub.ac.be> david.bass...@vub.ac.be

w:  <http://www.cosmopolis.be/people/david-bassens>


Reply via email to