Long-Distance Trade in Greco-Roman and Premodern European and Muslim Eurasia and Mediterranean - 15-
Economic History began its engagement with the social sciences nearly a century ago, initiated by German scholarship and by the likes of the Belgian historian Henri Pirenne. The subject was hesitantly taken over by the French school of the Annales, which was always more interested in societal developments. The past 50 years, however, have been a bumpy ride: Marxism declined as a central paradigm (although its shadow still lingers on, in particular in rural and labour history), while neo-Smithian approaches and above all New Institutional Economics became unstoppable and new approaches like Environmental History outgrew their own particular niche. More recently, new methods like Social Network Analysis and Social Capital Theory changed our views on the social organisation of trade in particular. All these theories and models have sparked fierce debates, but it cannot be denied that the engagement with social sciences has enriched our research field. Besides giving us conceptual tools and models to interpret and analyse historical data, they made it possible to detect patterns in historical societies that provide the basis for meaningful comparative historical studies across the traditional temporal and geographical divides.
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Koenraad Verboven; Wim Broekaert (Ghent University); Peter Stabel and Jeroen Puttevils (University of Antwerp)
INFO: web - Koen.Verboven@ugent.be - Jeroen.Puttevils@uantwerpen.be.
INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: gratis pero obligatoria / free but mandatory / gratuito ma obligattorio: Koen.Verboven@ugent.be - Jeroen.Puttevils@uantwerpen.be.
Antwerp, Thursday, 15th Sept.
City Campus, room D015 Grote Kauwenberg, 21, 2000, Antwerpen
10:00 K. Verboven and P. Stabel, Welcome and introduction
Institutions and Institutional Change
10:15 Alain Bresson, Transacting in the Ancient Greek World
10:45 Kai Ruffing, Market Systems in the Roman Empire
11:45 coffee break
12:15 Jean-Jacques Aubert, The Roman jurists on long-distance trade
14:00 Ulf Christian Ewert, Simple, but efficacious: Institutions of trade at the periphery of late medieval Europe
14:30 Lars Boerner and Battista Severgnini, Epidemic Trade
15:30 coffee break
16:00 Jessica Goldberg, Business organization and the economy in the Medieval Mediterranean
Ghent, Friday, 16th Sept.
Plateauzaal Joseph Plateaustraat, 9000 Gent
Mercantile Communities, Networks and Organisations
10:00 Wim Broekaert, Occupational associations and monopolies in the Roman economy
10:30 Jeroen Puttevils and Peter Stabel, Florentine Traders in Bruges and Antwerp
11:30 coffee break
12:00 Travis Bruce, Translating the Divide: Dragomans as Cultural Mediators in the Thirteenth-Century Mediterranean
14:00 Francisco Apellaniz, Malacca to Antwerp : Late Mamluk-Venetian Networks and the Twilight of Medieval Eurasian Trade, c.1500
14:30 Roxani Margariti, Wakil al-tujjar: Go-Betweens in the maritime trade of the medieval Indian Ocean
15:00 coffee break
Ghent, Saturday, 17th
Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde Koningstraat 18, 9000 Gent
Information Tools and Management
10:00 Koenraad Verboven, Bankers and other financial intermediaries as information trustees and managers in the Roman world
10:30 Yadira Gonzalez de Lara, The Impact of Formal Monitoring on Financial Development: From Debt to Equity in Late Medieval Venice
11:30 coffee break
12:00 General Discussion with
Peter Fibiger Bang