4th International Conference in Economic and Social History "Varieties of Capitalism in the Mediterranean (18th-20th c.)"

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2020 to October 3, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Economic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Contemporary History, Maritime History / Studies

The Greek Economic History Association in collaboration with the Department of History of the Ionian University, organizes the 4th International Conference in Economic and Social History. The Conference will address the theme “Varieties of Capitalism in the Mediterranean (18th-20th century)” and will be hosted by the Ionian University in Corfu on 1-3 October 2020.

Capitalism is seen as a phenomenon of global history enhanced by transnational transactions; the conference seeks to re-examine the various forms and patterns of capitalism in the Mediterranean region as an essential concept for understanding modernities. Considering the pre-eighteenth-century historical experience of capitalist activity in the Mediterranean, can we identify Mediterranean patterns of economic modernity in individual or group choices, strategies and profits? What were the features of merchant and financial capitalism that emerged in the Mediterranean after the eighteenth century? What was the role played by political authority (imperial, national, colonial) in capitalist development? How did the natural environment shape capitalist development and how has it been transformed by it? Also in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the Mediterranean economic space became the area of intense economic activity and political conflict that transcended religious and - since the nineteenth century – national boundaries, and was gradually transformed   by the emergence of  national economiesWe invite sessions and papers that will discuss structures and behaviors to explore continuity and change in various entrepreneurial paths in the Mediterranean.

Other topics that the conference may include are: histories of merchant capitalism; pre-industrial and industrial capitalism; pre-capitalist and capitalist agriculture; shipping, financial institutions; sovereign debt and financial control; mobility and migration networks; social structures; race and gender relations; culture and capitalism in the Mediterranean; production and consumption.

Keynote speaker will be Professor Giorgio Riello, Professor of Early Modern History at the Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute.

Conference Languages: English, French

Proposals for a) sessions  of three to four papers accompanied by abstracts up to 400 words each and an abstract for the whole panel and b) papers (with an abstract of 400 words) should be emailed to conference@hdoisto.gr until 15.11.2019. Below you will find the application form

 Conference fees:

Early registration until 30.5.2020

Student fee: 25 €

Full fee (researchers, professors): 50 €

Registration after 1.6.2020/ registration on location

Student fee: 35 €

Full fee (researchers, professors): 70 €

Deadlines :

Deadline for proposals (papers and sessions): 15.11.2019

Announcement of approved applications:  20.12.2019  


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Prof. Sofia Laiou


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