*Fifth FINGEO Global Seminar*
>> *“European Spaces of Financialization”*
>> *28-29 May 2018*
>> *Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium*
>> ***
>> *Local Organizers:* Manuel Aalbers (KU Leuven), David Bassens, Reijer
>> Hendrikse & Michiel van Meeteren (all at: Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
>> *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 May
>> 10, 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/soc
>> iology/about-us/people/bob-jessop
>> ------------------------------
>> *(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>*
>> ------------------------------
>> *(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>*
>> ------------------------------
>> *(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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>>  *
>> * -- 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
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>> <http://kuleuven.academia.edu/ManuelAalbers>  *

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