2018/05/28 – 2018/06/02 – Brussels, Belgium – 5th FinGeo Global Seminar and 1st FinGeo Spring School

Fifth FINGEO Global Seminar

“European Spaces of Financialization”

28-29 May 2018

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium


First FINGEO Spring School

30 May – 2 June 2018

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Local Organizers: Manuel Aalbers (KU Leuven), David Bassens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Reijer Hendrikse (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Michiel van Meeteren (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Spring School Advisory Board: Sabine Dörry (LISER, Luxembourg), Gary Dymski (Leeds University), Karen Lai (National University Singapore), Martin Sokol (Trinity College Dublin), Dariusz Wójcik (Oxford University)

Sponsored by: EUFINGEO, the European Financial Geography Network (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, click here), The Financial Geography Research Network (Regional Studies Association, click here)


The theme of the Fifth FINGEO Global Seminar is “European Spaces of Financialization”. Organized on May 28-29 in Brussels, the main intellectual drive is to debate and learn how to critically analyze and understand 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 in the Global Seminar are invited 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.

The First FINGEO Spring School offers an Early Career programme geared toward advanced methodological training and reflexive peer debate that intends to aid the consolidation of an emerging global community of financial geographers. Drawing on the momentum generated by the preceding Global Seminar, it offers intensive engagement with the diverse themes of financial geography with a particular focus on the evolution of financialization as a practice and a concept. The Spring School, under the guidance of some of the leading names in the field, will offer early career academics training in financial geography’s research themes, its manifold perspectives and metrics, as well as the methodologies with which we can study the intricate ever-evolving relations between finance and space.

Detailed programme and information on registration to follow.


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