CfP: Forschungswerkstatt Finanzgeographie – Financial Geography Lab 2019 October 24th – October 25th 2019

CfP: Forschungswerkstatt Finanzgeographie – Financial Geography Lab 2019 October 24th – October 25th 2019


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Forschungswerkstatt Finanzgeographie — Financial Geography Lab 2019


October 24th – October 25th 2019


Institute for Work and Technology at the Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen, Germany


Local organisation committee: Stefan Gärtner, Christoph Scheuplein, Franz Flögel


Call for Papers


We are witnessing a time of major changes in finance where hopes and worries about the supply with finance coincide. On the one hand, digital innovations, especially in the area of FinTech, promises more efficient and effective financial services for almost every need. On the other hand, retail banks, the traditional providers of finance for everyone, are in decline, which becomes apparent by the massive closure of branches in almost every neighbourhood and town in Europe. Furthermore, Brexit and the rises of new financial centres in Asia may reshape the global map of financial centres. A good time to look at finance from Geographical perspectives.


The German Financial Geography Lab – Forschungswerkstatt Finanzgeographie – has a strong tradition: workshops took place in Vienna 2006, Osnabrück 2007, Heidelberg 2011, Eichstätt 2013, Münster 2014, Bonn 2015 and Frankfurt 2017. The venue city Gelsenkirchen – located in the heart of the former mining area Ruhr – stands, like no other German city, as a symbol for the challenges of structural change.


We welcome papers in all areas of financial geography, broadly defined. In respect to the venue city, we especially encourage the submission of papers concerned with finance and disadvantaged or peripheral regions. This year’s workshop will be held in English and German to allow international participants to attend the lab. The English language session is scheduled on Thursday October 24th and the German language session on Friday October 25th.


Please send in your proposals until September 02nd 2019 to Franz Flögel, Early entries are eligible for early acceptance.



Participants and registration:


Participants from all disciplines are welcome to take part in this workshop, with or without the desire to present. Nicole Brand (Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation), Michael Grote (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management), Britta Klagge (University Bonn), Neil Lee (London School of Economics), Bernhard Lukas (CEO of the Sparkasse Gelsenkirchen) and Hans-Martin Zademach (Catholic University of Eichstätt- Ingolstadt) have already confirmed their participation.


Thanks to our sponsors, the Financial Geography Lab is free of charge. Please register until September 02nd 2019 by e-mail to: The registration is binding, and we can only host a limited number of participants, so we kindly ask for early registration.


Contact: Stefan Gärtner, Christoph Scheuplein and Franz Flögel



Franz Flögel
Institute for Work and Technology
Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen
Research Department: Spatial Capital


Munscheidstraße 14
45886 Gelsenkirchen
Telefon +49 209 | 1707-203
Telefax +49 209 | 1707-110




Call for Papers (PDF)