Call for Papers

Credit, Currency & Commerce:
New Perspectives in Financial and Monetary History

Centre for Financial History, Darwin College
University of Cambridge

13-14 September 2016

Keynotes: Professor Martin Daunton (University of Cambridge)
Dr Anne Murphy (University of Hertfordshire)

In the wake of the global financial crisis of 2007/8, studies of capital, currencies and commerce have re-emerged as burgeoning fields in economic history. As the banking sector and public finance continue to undergo a period of intense scrutiny and political debate, economic historians are increasingly called on to offer policy lessons and much-needed historical explanation. Recent challenges to mainstream economics from institutional and behavioural studies have further highlighted the need for new historical narratives that seek to understand the development of the world economy within the specific cultural contexts, economic ideas and political debates of the past.

The guiding aim of this conference is to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue about diverse approaches to histories of finance, global trade and monetary policy. The conference particularly encourages papers that challenge the long-standing divide between quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Submissions that incorporate perspectives from transnational, cultural, gender and intellectual history are also very welcome, as are papers drawing on insights from development economics, philosophy, law and social anthropology.

Graduate students and early career researchers are invited to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers on topics ranging from the early modern Financial Revolution to the present day. We welcome proposals on themes including, but not limited to:

  • National and international banking
  • The political economy of public finance and taxation
  • International monetary diplomacy and monetary unions
  • Financial crises and the origins of bubbles
  • Innovations in finance and business
  • Sovereign and household debt in historical perspective
  • Central banking policy
  • Financial regulation and supervision
  • Stocks, bonds and foreign exchange markets
  • Shadow banking and financial arbitrage

The conference will provide a forum for upcoming scholars to present original research findings and exchange ideas on new perspectives in financial and monetary history. There will be five panel sessions, each to be chaired by an academic or early career scholar researching in the respective area. In addition to two keynotes, the conference will also host a round table on the first day, entitled ‘Getting Published: Journals, Monographs and Digital Media’.

Graduate students and early career scholars interested in participating in the conference are invited to submit proposals of no more than 300 words, alongside their academic CV, to the conference convenors by Friday, 29 July 2016. Paper proposals should include the speaker’s name, academic affiliation and contact details. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 5 August 2016.

Conference Organisers
Craig McMahon                     Sabine Schneider                    Seung-Woo Kim
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The conference has received generous support from the Economic History Society, the Centre for Financial History and the Cambridge History Faculty’s Collaborative Interdisciplinary Exchange Workshop Fund.