I recently had the good fortune to be invited to a small workshop at Cambridge hosted by the ‘Centre for Rising Powers’ on the theme of ‘Emerging Geographies of Transnational Monetary Power’ (18-19 September). Organisers, Jeremy Green (University of Cambridge) and Julian Gruin (University of Warwick/University of Amsterdam), pulled together a group of international political economy (IPE) and financial geography scholars for a discussion on how to increase collaboration and productive dialogue between the two fields on issues of contemporary monetary order. Each of us presented short discussion papers to spark off further discussion.
It was a very stimulating one and a-half days of intense engagement and discussion at Gonville & Caius College on how to push forward our research areas in ways that would draw from the strengths of IPE in theorising power and governance as well as the insights from subnational and transnational analyses of financial geographers. There was a final brainstorming session on next steps, and I am very much looking forward to future engagements.
It was great to reconnect with colleagues from Beijing, Oxford and Nottingham, especially since all of us were on the initial working group that lead to the founding of FinGeo. Rather fittingly, we were overlooked in this photo by Sir Thomas Gresham, English merchant, financier, and founder of the Royal Exchange!
List of discussion papers (in order of presentation):
- Dariusz Wójcik (University of Oxford) – The changing landscape of the international monetary system: A dialogue between international political economy and financial geography
- Will Winecoff (Indiana University Bloomington) – Power & prominence in the global monetary system: Where it comes from, what it means, and how it is(n’t) changing
- Pan Fenghua (Beijing Normal University) – The geographies and geopolitics of RMB internationalization
- Sarah Hall (University of Nottingham) – Respatialising finance: Power, politics and offshore renminbi market making in London
- Jeremy Green (University of Cambridge) & Julian Gruin (University of Warwick/University of Amsterdam) – Cities, states, and transnational monetary power: A scalar approach to the formation of structural power in global finance
- David Meyer (Washington University in St Louis) – China’s financial centre strategy for internationalization of the Renminbi
- Elizabeth Cobbett (University of East Anglia) – From London to Lagos: Changing geography of global finance
- Simon Zhao (University of Hong Kong) and Bryane Michael (University of Hong Kong/University of Oxford)– The political economy of monetary zones as topological geography
- Karen Lai (National University of Singapore) – Fintech, digital economies, and financial ecologies
Other non-presenting participants included Helen Thompson, Kun-Chin Lin and Jason Sharman from Cambridge.