The Emergent Geographies of FinTech II: Blockchain and Disruption

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group, Digital Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Grand Ballroom A, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Matthew Zook, Joe Blankenship
Chairs: Matthew Zook


FinTech is a relatively new term for Geography and characterizes the application of information
technologies to financial transactions and industries. The range of topics and use cases are broad
including algorithmic and high frequency trading, mobile-based currencies, artificial intelligence
advising, virtual world currencies, darknet and other anonymized transactions, micro-payments, and
crowd-sourced financing.

We are particularly interested in the technology of cryptographically-secured blockchains first appearing
in late 2008 in the form of Bitcoin. Almost a decade later, blockchain still elicits great interest within the
financial industry seeking new methods and technologies to increase operational efficiencies. Several
consortia, supported by big businesses, are developing a range of blockchain platforms with unique
protocols and regulations. Expanding from the initial use as cryptocurrencies, use cases for blockchain
technologies include data storage, identity management, and decentralized autonomous corporations.
These financial technologies have the potential to shift long standing paradigms within globalization,
digital divide, and numerous lived spaces and places.

With this call we seek papers focused on FinTech (broadly defined) and its implications for space, place,
and scale within the financial industries, long standing labor practices and organizations, as well as
everyday life.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Matthew Zook*, University of Kentucky, Joe Blankenship, University of Kentucky, Geography, Michael Grote, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Spaces of Disruption: Blockchains in 21st Century Financial Technology 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Ludovico Rella*, University of Durham, Blockchain Technologies and the Internet of Value 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Joe Blankenship*, University of Kentucky, M. Martin Bosman, University of South Florida, Chaining Capitalism: Blockchains and Contradictions 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Michael Samers*, University Of Kentucky, Block-chain capitalism? 20 11:00 AM

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