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Oct 28, 2022
In General news
On Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 November 2022, the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e di Ravenna (via delle Donzelle 2) will host the international conference Mobilizing Money for the Public Good, organised by Centro Studi sui Monti di Pietà e sul credito solidaristico. The purpose of the conference will be to study the techniques of gathering and mobilizing money for public good, analysing, in different periods (from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age) and in different European geographical areas, which instruments and techniques were used and which institutions were involved. The program for the workshop, Bologna 7-8 October can be found here.
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Oct 18, 2022
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Dear all, next year's Datini-ESTER workshop for Ph.D. students and early-career postdocs will be dedicated to the topic of 'Economic Exchanges' in history. The workshop follows the Datini conference on 'Alternative Currencies' in medieval and early modern history. Ph.D. students and postdocs will attend both the Datini conference and workshop. Food and accommodation are covered by the organization. For more information on how to apply, please follow this link. Deadline for applications: 15 November 2022.
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Aug 02, 2022
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Dear all As I am sure many of you are aware, the Medieval Finance Network sponsored a number of very successful and well-supported events at this year's Leeds International Medieval Congress, giving academics a perfect opportunity to collaborate and share their research with a wider audience. We would like to repeat this success by sponsoring similar events at a number of similar forthcoming conferences. Specifically, we are currently looking at three conferences, whose details are below. I have included in brackets the deadline for submission of proposals for panel sessions: Economic History Society Conference - University of Warwick, UK, 31 March - 2 April 2023 (deadline 19 September 2022) Leeds International Medieval Congress - University of Leeds, UK, 3 - 6 July 2023 (deadline 30 September 2022) Thirteenth Century Conference - University of Heidelberg, Germany, 14 - 15 September 2023 (deadline 20 October 2022) If you are interested in participating in a panel session and collaborating with colleagues on a particular set of papers, do please let me know and we will look to put people in touch with each other and support the proposals as best we can. Can I ask please that you ideally let me know before 31 August? Many thanks and very best wishes Andy andyford.marlow [at] btinternet.com
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Aug 02, 2022
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Dear all, next year's Datini-ESTER workshop for Ph.D. students and early-career postdocs will be dedicated to the topic of 'Economic Exchanges' in history. The workshop follows the Datini conference on 'Alternative Currencies' in medieval and early modern history. Ph.D. students and postdocs will attend both the Datini conference and workshop. Food and accommodation are covered by the organization. For more information on how to apply, please follow the link below. Deadline for applications: 15 October 2022 More information
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Mar 30, 2022
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11th workshop talks "News from the Middle Ages" For the eleventh time, the Historical Seminar of the University of Mannheim and the Institute for Franconian-Palatinate History and Regional Studies in Heidelberg invite you to the "Workshop Discussions - News from the Middle Ages". The "workshop talks" will take place this year on September 8th and 9th in Mannheim. They are pursuing a double objective: on the one hand they want to offer a forum for the discussion of current research in the field of medieval disciplines from the early Middle Ages to the 16th century. On the other hand, they want to give young scientists in particular the opportunity to present their ongoing dissertations and post-doctoral theses and to discuss them with fellow students. In addition to the scientific exchange and the methodical-theoretical discussion, the main focus is on networking and personal contact. In principle, the "workshop talks" are open to ongoing qualification projects from various medieval disciplines and subject areas. This year we want to deal with the topic of "economy in the Middle Ages" in a section, which should not be an exclusive topic of the conference. Young researchers who are working on a topic related to regional history, for example, are therefore expressly encouraged to apply. 25-minute presentations followed by a discussion are planned. The organization team would like to send a short abstract (max. 400 words) with the title of the presentation to the contact address below by May 31, 2022. Contributions are welcome in German or English. The costs for the journey (2nd class train) and one night's accommodation will be covered for all speakers. We are looking forward to an active participation! Lena Liznerski (Mannheim) Matthias Kuhn (Heidelberg) Philipp Müller-Augustin (Heidelberg) Verena Weller (Mannheim) Contact Email: ldubberk@mail.uni-mannheim.de https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/event-116712?title=11-werkstattgespraeche-neues-aus-dem-mittelalter
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Feb 28, 2022
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We are delighted to announce the programme for the next online workshop organised by the Medieval Finance Network. This will be on the subject of ‘The Costs of Catastrophe’. This workshop is an opportunity for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers to share current research on the theme of the Costs of Catastrophe. Natural disasters – pandemics, poor harvests, floods, droughts, earthquakes - were a feature of the medieval world but how did these affect the finances of Governments, corporate institutions, communities and individual households, and how did they respond? Is it possible to quantify the costs of such catastrophes and conversely, what financial opportunities and benefits did they generate? The workshop will be run online. For details of how to join the workshop, please email andyford.marlow[at]btinternet.com. The programme is set out below. All times are GMT. 09.00-09.05: Welcome 09.05-10.00: Keynote talk followed by questions: Dr Elise Dermineur Reutersward (Stockholm University): ‘Credit Networks in Renaissance Florence: Revisiting the Catasto of 1427. A Research Project in the Making.’ 10.00-11.00: Session 1 (Chair: Dr Tony Moore, University of Reading) Dr Alex Spike Gibbs (London School of Economics), Dr Stephan Nicolussi-Köhler (University of Innsbruck), Dr Lienhard Thaler (University of Vienna): ‘Catastrophic Costs and Rural Resilience. Or: How Vulnerable were Medieval Communities?’ Dr Stef Espeel (ULBruxelles/State Archives Belgium): ‘Falling into Poverty: Living Standards during the Grain Price Crises of 14th-century Flanders.’ 11.00-11.15: Break 11.15-12.15: Session 2 (Chair: Dr Jaco Zuijderduijn, Lund University) Dr Fabrizio Alias (University of Sassari): ‘Economy, Finance and Taxation in the Crown of Aragon after the Black Death: The Case of the Kingdom of Sardinia’. Nicolò Zennaro (University of Antwerp): ‘Che Idio perdoni a morti e ristori i perdenti: The Plague Effects on Venetian Mercantile Society in 1400’. 12.15-13.00: Session 3: Shorter Papers and General Discussion (Chair: Dr Jaco Zuijderduijn, Lund University) Yihuan Xu (Shanghai University): ‘The Credit Networks of a Village in Fourteenth- Century England: A Case Study of Walsham le Willows.' Dr Tony Moore (University of Reading): ‘Debt prosecutions before the Common Pleas in 1349.’
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Jan 24, 2022
In New publications
The proceedings of the Conference "Change and Transformation of Premodern Credit Markets: The Importance of Small-Scale Credits", held 2019 in Heidelberg, were published open access: Nicolussi-Köhler, Stephan (Hrsg.): Change and Transformation of Premodern Credit Markets: The Importance of Small-Scale Credits, Heidelberg: heiBOOKS, 2021. https://doi.org/10.11588/heibooks.593
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Dec 13, 2021
In New publications
Dear all, Richard cassidy presented a fine paper during our first workshop, and it has now been published! Congratulations Richard! To read the article, please see below.
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Dec 09, 2021
In General news
The Medieval Finance Network is inviting the following proposals from Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers on the subject of The Costs of Catastrophe. These can be either full papers of up to 20 minutes in length or shorter, 5 minute ‘bitesize’ presentations. This is our third workshop and will again be held exclusively online to maximise global participation and encourage the further development of an international community of interest in the field of Medieval Finance. The workshop is jointly supported by the universities of Reading and Lund. Please find the full Call for Papers below.
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Nov 25, 2021
In General news
The theme of the 2023 study week of the Fondazione Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica "F. Datini" is "Alternative Currencies: Commodities and services as exchange currencies in the monetarized economies of the 13th to 18th centuries". A full description of the theme, and the call for papers, can be found here. Deadline for applications: 15 April 2022. Also, keep an eye out for the Datini-ESTER advanced workshop on a similar topic, which will be announced later in 2022.
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Sep 15, 2021
In Events
On 27 September 10am-12am GMT Professor Kent Deng (London School of Economics) will give a presentation on the subject of China's medieval economic revolution. As always, there will be an opportunity afterward to ask questions and take part in a general discussion. The presentations will be on Teams, if you would like to attend, please sign up by sending a message to the webmaster (see the contact details on the homepage).
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Sep 08, 2021
In Events
On 27 September Professor Kent Deng (London School of Economics) will give a presentation on the subject of China's medieval economic revolution. As always, there will be an opportunity afterward to ask questions and take part in a general discussion. As things stand, we are looking to start the workshop at 10 am GMT, with a target finish time of 12 noon GMT, but this will be confirmed over the course of the next few days. Details as to how to log in will also follow.
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Jul 26, 2021
In General news
The Medieval Finance Network is inviting paper proposals from Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers on the subject of Finance in Medieval South East Asia. This is our second workshop and will be held exclusively online to maximise global participation and encourage the development of an international community of interest of academics studying any aspect of Medieval Finance. The workshop is jointly supported by the universities of Reading and Lund. The workshop will commence with a keynote talk from Professor Kent Deng, London School of Economics on ‘China’s Medieval Economic Revolution: Its Causes, Growth Path and Ending, 960CE – 1279CE.’ For details, please see the file below.
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Jun 17, 2021
In Events
Currently we are looking to organize the following events, and we would welcome a response from anyone who might be interested in participating. Firstly, we are looking to repeat the online workshops at the end of September. We have gone through the various suggestions that many of you kindly made for future themes and our preference at this stage is to extend the global reach by focusing on medieval finance in the Far East (broadly defined). Before we issue a formal call for papers, we wanted to reach out to you all to see if this is something that would be of interest to you, whether you would be interested in submitting a paper for the workshop and whether you could recommend other scholars in this area that we might approach. Please respond as soon as possible if you can help please. Secondly, we are looking to arrange at least one panel session at next year's Leeds International Medieval Conference. Colleagues from Mannheim University in particular are looking to collaborate on a panel around the theme of small-scale credit and credit markets, including pawnbroking. If this is something that is of interest to you, again please let us know and we will put you in touch with the Mannheim team so that this can be progressed. It is likely that suggestions for panels will need to be with the Leeds organisers by the end of August, so we will need to move pretty fast.
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Jun 04, 2021
In Events
15 June 2021 marks the 640th anniversary of the meeting of Richard II at Smithfield with Wat Tyler and his fellow rebels - a key event in the 'Peasants' Revolt'. An exciting new research project, ‘The People of 1381’ at the Universities of Reading (Adrian Bell and Herbert Eiden), Oxford (Helen Lacy and Helen Killick), Glasgow (Andrew Prescott) and Southampton (Anne Curry, and Ian Waldock and Jason Sadler of Geodata) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is underway. It has a 'history from below' approach, using legal and manorial records to explore those involved in the revolt (www.1381.online). Currently we are tweeting the events of the revolt in this anniversary year ( @peopleof1381 #reliving1381) We are delighted to invite you all to our webinar organised through the Worshipful Company of Fletchers which is celebrating its own 650th anniversary in 2021 and of which Anne Curry is currently Master. We are also delighted that the Aldermanic Sheriff of the City of London, Michael Mainelli, will be introducing our talk. Please join us on 15 June 2021 at 6 pm for London and the Peasants' Revolt: the People of 1381 using the Zoom link below (and feel free to send this link to friends and colleagues). 'Doors' open at 5.40 pm UK time https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/95083501396 We are also encouraging donations after the lecture which will be shared equally between The Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund which supports ex-prisoners and their families in London to start a new life, and The Fletchers’ Trust which supports disabled archery including the Team GB Paralympic Archers, and other charitable causes. To donate after lecture (suggested donation £10 but any sum gratefully received) please use the Donate button on www.fletchers.org.uk, The Trust section. If you would like to know more about the Fletchers Company, including membership, please use the contact form on the WCF website or contact Anne Curry (a.e.curry@soton.ac.uk).
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Jun 03, 2021
In General news
How medieval people actually used coins, is still a largely unanswered question. In a new book Thibault Cardon sets out to study how coins circulated in economy and society, focusing on the North of France, combining numismatical, historical and economic-anthropological approaches. The book is published by Brepols. T. Cardon, Pour une approche anthropologique des usages monétaires médiévaux (France du Nord, XIIe-XVIe siècle) (Turnhout 2021). 386 p., 220 x 280 mm, 2021 ISBN: 978-2-38185-021-4 Languages: French
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May 25, 2021
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You can contact us via Twitter: @GiroMedieval. Please forward interesting news to us and help our community keep up to date!
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May 21, 2021
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We will try to keep you updated about developments in medieval finance here: conferences, publications, and news!
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