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*Fifth FINGEO Global Seminar*
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> *“European Spaces of Financialization”*
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> *28-29 May 2018*
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> *Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium*
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> ***
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> *Local Organizers:* Manuel Aalbers (KU Leuven), David Bassens, Reijer
> Hendrikse & Michiel van Meeteren (all at: Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
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>
> *Target Group and Application Procedure:* Attendance of the seminar is
> open to all after registration. The registration fee is 100 euro for the
> full two days, including lunch & refreshments. Applications for paper
> presentations are closed, but registration for non-presenting participants
> is now open: (*click here*
> <http://www.vub.ac.be/en/events/2018/fingeo-global-seminar>) until 1 May
> 2018.
>
>
> *Theme:*
>
> The theme of the Global Seminar is ‘European Spaces of Financialization’.
> Organized on May 28 and May 29 in Brussels, the main intellectual drive for
> the seminar is to debate Europe’s multiscalar spaces of financialization,
> their production, workings, effects, and importantly, their alternatives.
> We want to understand the socio-spatial drivers of financialization that
> produce inequality, growing household indebtedness, and the privatization
> of public services and support structures in the face of austerity
> politics. Participants are invited to engage with the following financial
> geography themes: geographies of European integration, its offshore spaces
> and the wider state-finance nexus; the financialization of (non-) banking,
> finance and corporate enterprise; of boom-bust cycles; of
> politico-financial elites; of real estate, housing and households;
> geographies of sovereignty, austerity, resistance, debt, and so forth.
> Therefore we are both interested in the effects of financialization on
> states and markets as well as focusing on who and what drive further
> financialization of these spheres.
>
> The program is structured around four dedicated keynote lectures of about
> 45 min + 15 min Q/A, each followed by a topical session with four papers.
> This allows us to accommodate up to sixteen presenting participants,
> although we want to encourage a larger community and the FINGEO spring
> school participants to be present. Moreover, the two keynotes from the
> First FINGEO dissertation prize will be accommodated on the Brussels
> seminar. The seminar will cover the following themes:
>
>
> *(i) The financialization of governments, the public sector and states*
>
> Keynote: Professor Bob Jessop, Lancaster University
>
> In recent years a mounting body of work has emerged that empirically
> unpacks the financial entanglements and transformations of governments,
> state agencies, (quasi-) public institutions and their offshoots. Our first
> session builds on these contributions, in an understanding that states –
> through a multitude of functions – shape the very context upon which
> financial development unfolds. We are broadly interested in the latest
> empirical insights within this growing subfield of financialization
> studies, as well as emerging conceptual perspectives to make sense of the
> rise of finance in a growing set of public domains: how and why governments
> have been key accelerators of financialization; to what extent states have
> become financial subjects themselves, and how we should understand the
> ever-changing state-finance nexus in a financialized world.
>
> *About the keynote: *
>
> *Bob Jessop is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster
> University, United Kingdom. Bob has written extensively on a wide range of
> interconnected topics, such as regulation, governance and neoliberalism.
> However, Bob is arguably best known for his vast work centered on the
> state, on state theory and state transformations, including his popular
> ‘strategic relational approach’ to study the nature of states. *
>
> *For more information see:* http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/
> sociology/about-us/people/bob-jessop
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>
>
> *(i) Corporate financialization: banks, finance and corporations
> transformed*
>
> Keynote: Professor Julie Froud, The University of Manchester
>
> Our second session focuses on the global political economy of corporations
> – a space we broadly refer to as corporate financialization. Amongst
> others, we zoom in on the changing nature of corporate financing and
> profitmaking: of banking, and wider financial intermediation, in which
> so-called ‘non-financial’ firms increasingly perform all kinds of financial
> activities. The growing influence of financial motives and practices over
> business, with the rise of governance models maximizing ‘shareholder value’
> as prominent example, remains one of the key spaces shaping
> financialization research. Global corporations have since become
> progressively interwoven with shadow banking, tax evasion and other
> practices defining the financial offshore world, inviting scholars to
> rethink the ways in which corporate financialization shapes up. From a
> European perspective, financialized corporate governance practices have
> typically been seen as something that belongs to Anglo-American capitalism.
> Although such a position is difficult to maintain, it begs the question to
> what extent corporate financialization shapes Europe.
>
> *About the keynote: *
>
> *Julie Froud is Professor of Financial Innovation at the University of
> Manchester, United Kingdom. Julie has written extensively on
> financialization and strategy at the level of the global corporation,
> amongst others focusing on the narratives, numbers and cult(ure) behind
> shareholder value orientation and the rise of capital markets. *
>
>
> *For more information see:
> https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/julie.froud.html
> <https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/julie.froud.html>*
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>
>
> *(iii) The politics of financialization*
>
> Keynote: Professor Andreas Nölke, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
>
> As a seminar organized in Brussels, it only seems logical that our third
> session zooms in the politics of financialization. Who are the actual (co-)
> producers of our financialized universe? Who benefits from more
> financialized markets and states, and who drive policy proposals and
> institutional change towards financialization, either on the EU level or
> within EU member states? Amongst others, this session will discuss
> geographies of lobbying, influence peddling, agenda setting, legislative
> processes and related political interests. The financial crisis and its
> (continuing) aftermath laid bare the excessive capture of politicians and
> regulators, with numerous political solutions or ‘fixes’ to solve the
> crisis, typically devised by private actors, merely replicating the very
> dynamics that caused it. Likewise, the ongoing push for integrated European
> capital markets will increase the likelihood of recurrent crises, rather
> than prevent it. Meanwhile, the ECB has steadily become Europe’s decisive
> political actor, increasingly assuming responsibilities of state actors.
>
> *About the keynote: *
>
> *Andreas Nölke is Professor in Political Science at Goethe University,
> Frankfurt, Germany. Andreas’ work centers on political economy, having
> written extensively on a variety of themes, such as corporate/transnational
> governance, international accounting standards, and varieties of
> capitalism. More recently, Andreas has engaged with the notion
> financialization, which he views ‘the core problem for a social Europe’. *
>
> *For more information see:
> http://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/45472741/anoelke
> <http://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/45472741/anoelke>*
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>
>
> *(iv) The financialization of daily life*
>
> Keynote: Professor Kavita Datta, Queen Mary University of London
>
> The final session broadly focuses on the spaces shaping the
> financialization of daily life, in which financial calculations and
> rationalities increasingly nudge and shape social exchange and
> reproduction, progressively transforming citizens – students, patients,
> pensioners, households, et cetera – into financial(ized) subjects. This
> particular area within the financialization literature and debate is
> mostly, but not exclusively, shaped by cultural approaches, applied at the
> local level or micro scale. How and why are decisions about where, when and
> how to live, shop, work or leisure influenced by financial considerations?
> Amongst others, this both encompasses empirical work on the
> financialization of home and the housing sector, but also conceptual work
> on debt and its mounting sway over social life.
>
> *About the keynote: *
>
> *Kavita Datta is Professor of Development Geography at Queen Mary,
> Universtiy of London, United Kingdom. Kavita has written extensively on
> transnational migration from the global south to the north, and in
> particular to global cities like London. Amongst others, Kavita is studying
> how migrant communities subject to financial exclusion carve out
> alternative spaces of financial intermediation. *
>
>
> *For more information see: http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/staff/dattak.html
> <http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/staff/dattak.html>*
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>
>
> As part of the FINGEO Best Dissertation Prize, two Early Career Keynotes
> are organized during the Global Seminar:
>
> *(i) Income-contingent student loans: The financialization of the state
> and the statization of finance*
>
> Early career keynote: Gareth Bryant, University of Sydney
>
> My paper uses the case of income-contingent student loans to explore the
> internalization of financial ways of calculating and organizing by states.
> I argue income-contingent loans recast state-citizen relations as
> creditor-debtor relations in a way that remains embedded in the fiscal
> powers and instruments of states. The analysis compares schemes operating
> in the UK and Australia, highlighting accounting as a key site of political
> contestation. In Australia, accounting for student loans as a state-issued
> financial asset has marginalized private financial markets, providing
> degrees of fiscal discretion over the size, progressivity and direction of
> public expenditure on universities. In the UK, accounting for student loans
> as an illiquid asset has created pressures for the securitization and sale
> of the loan book, using the taxation powers of the state to collect debts
> for the private sector. My paper concludes by positing the financialization
> of the state as a contradictory, two-way process involving the statization
> of finance.
>
> *About the keynote: *
>
> *Gareth Bryant is a Lecturer in the Department of Polticial Economy at the
> University of Sydney, Australia. His research explores the marketization of
> different areas of socio-ecological life, with a current focus on climate
> and education policy. Gareth is the co-editor of the Progress in Political
> Economy (PPE) blog: ppesydney.net <http://ppesydney.net>. *
>
> *For more information see:
> http://sydney.edu.au/arts/staff/profiles/gareth.bryant.php
> <http://sydney.edu.au/arts/staff/profiles/gareth.bryant.php>*
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>
>
> *(ii) Living the financialization of home: difference, failure, risk and
> personal responsibilization*
>
> Early career keynote: Cesare Di Feliciantonio, University of Leicester
>
> Building on feminist political economy, in this talk I reflect on the
> key-role of difference in shaping the financialization of home as occurred
> in countries such as Italy and Spain. Through the analysis of biographical
> narratives of women and gay men, I aim at highlighting how personal
> responsibilization and risk, two main characteristics of neoliberal
> rationality, shape an ambivalent relation with financialized homeownership
> for those subjects who somehow ¢failed¢ to embody the ¢responsible¢
> subject. In fact the narratives analysed show how accessing the housing
> market is framed as getting the possibility to prove to be a responsible
> subject after having ‘failed’. This way in the talk I discuss the power of
> financialized homeownership, and neoliberal rationality more generally, in
> forging dreams, perspectives and life aspirations for subjects ‘failed’ as
> respect to kinship, love and sexuality.
>
> *About the keynote:*
>
> *Cesare Di Feliciantonio has a double PhD in Geography from
> Sapienza-University of Rome and KU Leuven. His PhD research focused on
> ‘alternatives’ to the process of subjectification shaped by indebted
> homeownership in times of austerity urbanism in Rome and Barcelona. In
> March 2018 he’s joining the Geography Department of the University of
> Leicester with a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship.*
>
> *For his publications see:* https://nuim.academia.edu/
> CesareDiFeliciantonio
>
>
>
> All details: 
> *http://www.fingeo.net/20180528-20180602-brussels-belgium-5th-fingeo-global-seminar-and-1st-fingeo-spring-school/
> <http://www.fingeo.net/20180528-20180602-brussels-belgium-5th-fingeo-global-seminar-and-1st-fingeo-spring-school/>
> *
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>
> * -- Manuel B. Aalbers, Ph.D.KU Leuven / University of Leuven  Department
> of Geography & Tourism  Celestijnenlaan 200e -- bus 2409 3001  Heverlee
> Belgium http://ees.kuleuven.be/refcom
> <http://ees.kuleuven.be/refcom> http://kuleuven.academia.edu/ManuelAalbers
> <http://kuleuven.academia.edu/ManuelAalbers>  *
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