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November 9 – November 10, 2017
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Call for Papers

This is the time of financial geographers’ life: A financial crisis, followed by an economic crisis, followed by a European sovereign debt crisis, the Eurosystem fully under stress, and the Brexit potentially shaking out the European system of financial centers. At the same time new currencies emerge, new technologies broaden access to finance, and pose a threat to incumbent financial players. More areas of life than ever are driven by financial considerations. Financial Geography is key!

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 now, finance is coming home, in Frankfurt. This year’s workshop will be held completely in English in order to allow international participants to fully attend the lab.

Papers and Deadline

We welcome papers in all areas of financial geography, broadly defined. There will be a special session on Brexit and related topics.

Preference will be given to complete (or almost complete) papers that are not yet accepted for publication. There will be an “Idea Session” for shorter interventions.

Please send in your papers or proposals until September 15, 2017 the latest to Michael Grote, Early entries are eligible for early acceptance.

Papers and Participants

Please note that the exact schedule is bound to change!

9. November

12.00 – 13.15


13.15 – 14.45

Dariusz Wójcik,
University of Oxford

Financial geography after the global financial crisis and Brexit

Larissa Schäfer,
Frankfurt School

”Brexit" and the contraction of syndicated lending

14.45 – 15.15


15.15 – 16.45

Janusz Brzeszczynski,
Newcastle Business School

Geographical Changes in Influence of Stock Trading Centres around the 2007 Global Financial Crisis

Britta Klagge,
University of Bonn

Hans-Martin Zademach,
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Stock exchanges in South-North perspective

16.45 – 17.00


17.00 – 18.30

Idea Session

Slot A

Christoph Scheuplein,
Institute for Work and Technology Gelsenkirchen

Offshore fund domiciles and their discounts for private equity investors

Slot B

Martin  Sokol,
Trinity College Dublin

Financial chains – a good idea?

Slot C   

Andreas Kuebart,
Leibniz IRS Erkner

Social Risk Capital - Seed accelerators as local anchors in trans‐locally shared practices

Slot D

Francesco Citarella,
University of Salerno

Silvia Grandi,
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Chiara Tufarelli,

Working Group on the Internationalization of the Italian Economy and the Role of Financial Institutions in Shaping SME Value Chain

Slot E

Fabio Contel,
University of São Paulo

International financial centers: looking for the relative position of Latin America in the global urban network

Slot F

Nelson Rodriguez,
University of Manchester

Re-thinking financialization: how does financial capital engage with South America soybean chains

18.30 – 22.00


10. November

9.00 – 10.30

Michael Grote,
Frankfurt School

Betting on Brexit

Stefan Gärtner,
Institute for Work and Technology Gelsenkirchen

Franz Flögel,
Institute for Work and Technology Gelsenkirchen

The Banking Systems of Germany, the UK and Spain from a spatial perspective: A comparison of bank-based business finance

10.30 – 11.00


11.00 – 12.30

Ewa Karwowski,
Hertfordshire Business School

Identifying the financial investment of non-financial firms: A case study of Dow Jones listed firms

Sabine Dörry,
University of Luxembourg

Epistemic authority and institutional power: the firm-profession nexus in finance

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch & Farewell

The deadline for the call for papers has passed. However, if you are interested in joining the workshop’s auditorium, please drop me a mail: .

Please note that in order to ensure a lively discussion in all slots participants need to commit themselves for the full workshop, running from Thursday, November 9, 12.00h to Friday, November 10, 13.00h. There is a fee of 30 Euro, payable in advance.


The Financial Geography Lab takes place in the new building of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in the city of Frankfurt. The building by Henning Larsen Architects will open in October 2017 and, with more than 150m in length, is already a much-discussed landmark in Frankfurt. Please find more information on the building here:

The Financial Geography Lab 2017 is sponsored by: