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Real Estate/Financial Complex at KU Leuven/University of Leuven, Belgium

January 13-15, 2016
Third International Seminar ???The Real Estate/Financial Complex??
Leuven, KU Leuven, Belgium
Real estate and finance were at the roots of the global economic crisis that started in 2007. States and their many institutions have also been seen as complicit to the crisis. The connections between real estate (including housing), finance and states remain under-researched and under-theorized. Various political economy traditions have looked into the connection between finance and states, but largely ignored real estate. The field of urban studies includes research on the interdependence of real estate and states, but finance is largely ignored. Moreover, this field is very micro focused, while the various political economy traditions are very macro focused. We not only need a stronger connection between finance and real estate, but also between different scales: local/urban, national and global. We here propose a new metaphor that can help us to centre attention on the interdependencies of real estate, finance and states: the real estate/financial complex, akin the military/industrial complex. The idea is not to introduce a new master concept but to understand the spatialities of contemporary capitalism and bring together a range of literatures including but not limited to: financialization, capital switching, varieties of capitalism, urban studies (e.g. global cities, property-led development, growth machines/coalitions, gentrification, asset-based welfare). Furthermore, we have planned a pre-seminar lecture by Sara Gonz??lez (Leeds) on January 12 at 4pm: Contested Cities: Urban Struggles across Europe and Latin America. [gem?_?? den Informationen des Anbieters - according to site editor's information]
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