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Lecture | L-PEG Lunch Research Seminar

Financialization: A Pluridisciplinary Perspective

Friday 13 March 2020
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden


Please register in advance at l-peg@hum.leidenuniv.nl to receive a copy of the paper & lunch.


In this seminar, Natascha van der Zwan (Leiden University) will present the Routledge International Handbook of Financialization (2020), co-edited with Philip Mader (Institute of Development Studies) and Daniel Mertens (University of Osnabrück). Financialization has become the go-to term for scholars grappling with the growth of finance in various domains of society. Our project takes stock of the diverse avenues of research that comprise financialization studies and the contributions they have made to understanding the changes in contemporary societies driven by the rise of finance. A variety of divergent definitions of financialization have been offered over the years, which allowed the field to prosper in a transdisciplinary and eclectic manner; as our survey of publications shows, the bulk of publications have been in explicitly interdisciplinary journals, followed by economics and geography as disciplines. Tracing the evolution of the field’s broad themes, we articulate what unites financialization scholarship despite the great diversity, and we touch on recent debates about the continued value of the concept. During the seminar, our project will serve as an entry point into a broader discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of big concepts like financialization (and other -isms/-izations in political economy) to facilitate scholarly exchange within and across disciplines.

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