Workshop in London: Financialization, Space and Place

Financialization, Space and Place

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the International Working Group on Financialization is taking place on Thursday 23rd April 2009.

Sponsored by the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society.

Background and aims:
The concept of financialization seeks to account for the empowering of financial markets and their influence over the unfolding of economy, polity and society. Processes of financialization are manifest at a number of scales, ranging from higher levels of instability within the economy as a whole, through pressure exerted on corporations by capital markets, to the equity effects of the financial system on individuals and households. To date, the growing body of work on financialization has only fitfully addressed its relationship to the geographies of money and finance. The workshop aims to provide an opportunity for the connections between financialization, space and place to be explored within an inter-disciplinary context, with contributions from geographers and non-geographers alike.

Speakers and titles:
– Gordon Clark and Ashby Monk (Oxford): Sovereign Wealth Funds: a symptom of global imbalance?
– Gary Dymski (UC Riverside/Sacramento): What’s left of banking after the subprime crisis? spatial implications and policy directions. 
– Ewald Engelen (Amsterdam): Self-representations of financialization: international financial centres on the internet.
– Shaun French (Nottingham), Andrew Leyshon (Nottingham) and Nigel Thrift (Warwick): A very geographical crisis: the making and breaking of the sub-prime crisis.
– Julie Froud, Alan Harding, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver, Karel Williams (CRESC/Manchester): Does the UK have a sustainable business model?
– Anastasia Nesvetailova (City): The end of a great illusion: the global credit crunch and liquidity meltdown.
– Paul Langley (Northumbria): Discussant.

The venue for the one-day workshop is the University of Nottingham’s London Office, 41-42 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NB.  (The office is a five minute walk from Goodge Street, Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road underground stations). There are about 20 remaining places available.  The workshop is due to start at 10.30 am and a buffet lunch is included.

To book a place at the workshop please send a cheque for £25 made out to ‘University of Nottingham’ to: Louise McIntyre, Finance Administrator, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK. Email: louise.mcintyre@nottingham.ac.uk. Alternatively, if you wish to pay by card, phone Louise McIntyre on 0115 84 67349.

For enquiries, please contact:
Andrew Leyshon
Professor of Economic Geography
School of Geography
University of Nottingham
andrew.leyshon@nottingham.ac.uk

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