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05/25/2023 - 05/25/2023 | Berlin

Digital experiments with landed property: The global, the historical, and the geographical

Public Keynote Lecture by Associate Prof. Desiree Fields (University of Berkeley)
2023 IRS Spring Acdemy on "Spaces of Financialisation and De-Financialisation"

Property plays an enduring role in liberal societies, but the social relations of property and the internal workings of property markets are historically and geographically specific. Across a range of advanced and emerging economies, 21st century digital innovations are catalyzing changes in the politics of property and the operation of land and housing markets. In this talk I discuss the relations of ownership in the U.S. housing market as a site for experimentation by a combination of private equity, venture capital, algorithms, and platform business models. The confluence of Wall Street and Silicon Valley has fostered crucial shifts in the market landscape in the post-2008 era, initially by facilitating the emergence of institutional-scale landlords, then by making thinkable a range of other novel (e.g., algorithm-assisted property acquisition) and resurrected (e.g., rent-to-own) market strategies. Public debate around these developments often considers them in isolation from one another and interprets their technological novelty as a break with longstanding property relations. My intervention focuses on debt and scale as crucial instruments of contemporary housing ‘innovation’, situating these instruments in the longer history of how technologies have dynamically shaped the relationship between property, race, and capital accumulation.

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05/25/2023 11:30 - 05/25/2023 13:00

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Event venue:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department of Social Sciences
Room 002
Universitätsstr. 3 b
10117 Berlin

Target group:

Scientists and scholars, all interested persons



Subject areas:

Economics / business administration, History / archaeology, Information technology, Politics, Social studies

Types of events:

Presentation / colloquium / lecture




Dr. Felix Müller


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