Paper session proposal for the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG)–Washington D.C., April, 2019
Session title: Changing political geographies of finance
Session co-organizers: Dr. Michael Urban and Dr. Stefanos Ioannou
Session outline: This session aims to bring together studies on the interlocking relationship between financial markets, financial institutions, politics and regulation. Recognising that financial actors do not function in a vacuum, but rather engage in continuous interactions with other actors in the economy, the session investigates the terms under which such interactions take place and discusses their outcomes. The session offers a forum to tackle questions on changing political geographies of finance—for instance: what do we, as social scientists, make of the political and regulatory response(s) to the 08-09 financial crisis? How has the spatial organisation of the industry changed since the crisis? Are financial regulators distanced enough from the financial industry to supervise and regulate it effectively? Have the systemic risks posed by ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks been adequately addressed or are we heading to another financial crash as the IMF recently warned us (Global Financial Stability Report, October 2018)? How is the financial industry responding to the political instability caused by the Brexit referendum? We welcome macro-, meso- and micro- analysis, interdisciplinary contributions and pluralism in methods. Papers from geographers, economists as well as political and other social scientists are welcome.
Please submit abstracts (max. 250 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1st of November 2018. Questions can be addressed to any of the session organisers.