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CALL FOR PAPERS - GCEG - Cologne, Germany, 24th-28th July, 2018
Finance and financialisation in post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe

Session organisers:

  *   Martin Sokol, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland - 
  *   Zoltán Gál, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Economic & Regional 
Studies (CERS_HAS), Hungary - g...@rkk.hu<mailto:g...@rkk.hu>

Call for Papers:
Financialisation is recognised as a major force that is shaping contemporary 
capitalist societies and economies, as well as being a leading cause of the 
recent Global Financial Crisis. There is also growing evidence that 
financialisation plays a crucial role in (re)producing and exacerbating social 
and spatial inequalities at various scales. Financialisation thus could be seen 
as one of the key drivers of the dynamics in an unequal world. However, despite 
the pivotal role financialisation plays in contemporary economies (and the 
explosion of literature about it), our understanding of this phenomenon remains 
limited in many aspects. For one, much of the financialisation research has so 
far focused on the most advanced (and presumably the most financialised) 
Western capitalist economies. As a result, we know much less about how 
financialisation unfolds in other contexts and how these different contexts are 
interlinked with each other and how this reflects patterns of uneven 
development and/or economic dependency. Financialisation in Central and Eastern 
Europe represents a significant lacuna in this regard. Yet, the post-socialist 
context offers a unique opportunity to study financialisation and its social 
and spatial implications. Indeed, former state-socialist economies were 
previously built on a completely opposite logic to that of financialisation. 
The collapse of state-socialist regimes was followed by a dramatic 
re-organisation of the entire financial infrastructure and significantly shaped 
by the involvement of West European banking groups. The post-socialist context 
thus gives us a chance to study financialisation from a different perspective 
and to reveal its logics, and its implications, in an alternative light.
This session welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that will help to 
build a picture of financialisation in post-socialist Central and Eastern 
Europe and its implications for Europe and for the global political economy 
more broadly.

The themes include, but are not limited to:

  *   Conceptual issues and alternative definitions of financialisation
  *   Theorising financialisation and uneven development
  *   Dependent and peripheral financialisation
  *   Financialisation and the European semi-periphery
  *   Financialisation and economic dependency
  *   Finance, money and post-socialism
  *   Financialisation of states in Central and Eastern Europe
  *   Financialisation of households in post-socialism
  *   Financialisation of banks and its implications for Eastern Europe
  *   Finance-based consumption patterns
  *   Financialisation of housing and real estate
  *   Geographies of consumer and mortgage lending
  *   Debt and indebtedness
  *   Western banking groups and restructuring of finance in Central and 
Eastern Europe
  *   FDI in the financial sector
  *   East-West financial flows
  *   Financial risks, instability, and regulation in Central and Eastern Europe
  *   The implications of EU financial integration policy for Central and 
Eastern Europe (including Capital Markets Union)
  *   Financial crisis and its implications for Eastern Europe and beyond
  *   Responses and alternatives to financialisation
  *   De-financialisation

Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) by 15th March 2018 directly through 
the conference website:
(Select 'Finance and financialisation in post-socialist Central and Eastern 
Europe' in a drop-down menu of sessions)

For any session-related inquiries, please to contact:
Martin Sokol (sok...@tcd.ie<mailto:sok...@tcd.ie>) and Zoltán Gál 

The session is sponsored by the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo)
#FinGeo @fingeonet

P.S.: To benefit from Early Bird conference fees - register by 15th March 2018 

Best wishes,

Dr Martin Sokol
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel.: +353-(0)1-896 2355
Email: sok...@tcd.ie<mailto:sok...@tcd.ie>
Web: https://www.tcd.ie/Geography/staff/MartinSokol.php
Principal Investigator, GEOFIN project: 
Secretary, FinGeo Network: http://www.fingeo.net/

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