Tagungsankündigung: Financialization of financial and real estate markets

Tagungsankündigung: Financialization of financial and real estate markets


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Financialisation of financial and real estate marketsThursday, 19th / Friday, 20th of March 2015,
Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, Institute of Human Geography, Campus Westend


Up till now, discussions concerning financialization in finance and real estate have mainly focused on analysing the deregulation and globalisation of financial markets, the transition from a bank-based to a market-oriented financial system, the emergence and influence of new financial actors and financial products as well as changes in the management of corporations and production systems. The aim of the conference is to address questions which have been subject to less examination up to now, like:


  • How does the integration of financial and real estate markets work?
  • How can different actors become involved in opening-up possible markets?
  • How important are norms, standards and calculative practices in the process of making markets visible and global?
  • What are the territorialising practices which go along with the establishment of new investment markets and asset classes?
  • What are the effects of these developments on the built environment, land and property?


It is the specific goal of the conference to discuss structural reorientations, practices and mechanisms involved in real estate and financial markets. In addition, we will critically examine the input of theoretical concepts from different strands of cultural and political economy for the explanation of these developments.

Program: Thursday, March 19th

2:00pmReception and Introduction
2:30-4:30pmSession 1: Financialization and Calculative Practices
2:30 - 3:10pmAndreas Nölke, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Financialization: the career of a concept and its pitfalls
3:10 – 3:50pmAndrea Mennicken, LSE, UK
Accounting, Territorialization and the Plasticity of Valuation
3:50 – 4:30pmUwe Vormbusch, FernUniversität Hagen, Germany
Numbers, Fictions and Discoveries: Towards a Pragmatist Understanding of Valuing
5:00 – 7:00pm Session 2: Conceptualising Real Estate Investment Markets
5:00 – 5:40pmSebastian Botzem, WZB / Leonhard Dobusch, FU Berlin, Germany
The World on FIRE: fragmented organization and calculated profits in the real estate sector
5:40 – 6:20pmMichael Pryke, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
Organising the global search for yield amongst “alternative assets” and the resulting emergent topologies of financialization
6:20 – 7:00pmManuel Aalbers, KU Leuven, Belgium
Housing and the Variegation of Financialized Capitalism

Program: Friday, March 20th

9:30am – 1:00pmOpen Workshops
Call for Papers open until January, 31st
2:00 – 04:00pmSession 3: Impacts and Consequences of Financialization
2:00 – 2:40pmEric Clark, Lund University, Sweden
Alternatives to Financialization: Making Rent Gap Theory Not True
2:40 – 3:20pmAndrej Holm, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Intensification of investment and rental gentrification in Berlin
3:20 – 4:00pmStefan Kofner, Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Germany
Business model of listed residential real estate companies before and after the withdrawal of financial investors in Germany
4:20 – 5:00pmFinal Panel Discussion / Concluding Remarks


Conference fee

30 Euro / 10 Euro for students (accommodation is not included)


Information and registration

or contact:
Prof. Dr. Susanne Heeg (heeg@geo.uni-frankfurt.de)
Dipl. Geogr. Nadine Bitterer (bitterer@em.uni-frankfurt.de)
Dipl. Geogr. Kerstin Bläser (blaeser@em.uni-frankfurt.de)