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Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018

Cologne, 24-28 July, 2018

Final Call for Papers Session: Global Finance, Development, and the New 

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 produces?

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 finance. 

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 March, 2018.  Any questions about the session may be directed to Patrick 
Bigger at p.big...@lancaster.ac.uk <mailto: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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