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Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018

Cologne, 24-28 July, 2018

Session: Global finance, development, and the new peripheries

Organizers: Leigh Johnson (University of Oregon); Stefan Ouma (Goethe
University-Frankfurt); Patrick Bigger (Lancaster University)

This session examines the significance of financial relations and
transactions in spaces of the global South that have typically been figured
as “marginal” to, if not altogether excluded from, the operations of global
finance. As finance relentlessly seeks to identify further spatial fixes
and revenue streams, this session will probe the particularities of
integration. What assemblages and legacies – (post)colonial and otherwise –
characterize these spaces? What are the regional coordinates of
integration, and the concrete social, political and material landscapes it

The optic of “peripheries” – with its roots in dependency theory –
highlights the relations of power, subordination and exploitation produced
through finance’s expansion and experimentation at its frontiers. As
certain places are linked to global flows of capital, they can become
peripheralized in new ways. Yet as some “financial innovation” originates
in the South and travels to the global North (e.g. mobile money and
microfinance) and the South more generally becomes a source of capital
(e.g. sovereign wealth or pension funds), existing understandings of
peripheralisation must be reexamined. How can the dependent and extraverted
notions of development suggested by the term “periphery” be reworked to
make a place for heterogeneous forms of economic self-fashioning? How might
other concepts such as extraction, dispossession, value grabbing,
disarticulations and expulsion help render intelligible the new peripheral
operations of finance and the place-making projects that emerge from them?

We especially invite papers making conceptual advances using empirical
cases on topics including but not limited to: financial inclusion and
adverse incorporation; new sites of experimentation and product
development; the financialisation of development; multiple frontiers of
peripheral financialisation (e.g. land, agriculture, nature, housing,
manufacturing, IT…); macroeconomic policies, links between micro and macro
scale finance; relationships between global and “indigenous” financial
practices, institutions, and discourses; rethinking the core(s) of global

If this is of interest, please submit your abstract by filling out the
embedded form and selecting this session as your first choice at
by 15 February, 2018. We aim to finalize the session(s) by 1 March, a bit
ahead of the conference abstract deadline.  Any questions about the session
may be directed to Patrick Bigger at p.big...@lancaster.ac.uk.

Patrick, Leigh, and Stefan

Dr. Patrick Bigger
Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University

Affiliate member
Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business
Lancaster University Management School

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