Call for papers : FRESH conference – Paris, 29 April 2020

On 29 April 2020 the Paris School of Economics will host a Frontier Research in Economic and Social History meeting (FRESH). FRESH meetings aim at gathering researchers to present their ongoing research at an early stage, and discuss them with peers, in a friendly environment.

The Paris meeting will be hosted and financed by the Center for Economic and Social History François Simiand of Paris School of Economics. It will be especially addressed to young researchers working at the interaction of business and economic history and linking these aspects to issues in international political economy and international economic relations, from the nineteenth to the twenty first centuries.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Leslie Hannah, emeritus professor at the London School of Economics and at the University of Tokyo. Professor Hannah will present his research on the largest UK manufacturing employers of 1881, focusing on the determinants of whether they listed and their choices among 26 UK stock exchanges.

Proposals using a wide range of different methodologies are welcomed. We especially welcome submissions dealing with topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Global firms in a globalizing world
  • International financial credit to industry and firms
  • Relationships between banks and industry
  • Relationship between firms and state and non-state actors (associations, supra-national organizations)
  • Firms’ governance and organization
  • Global circulation of techniques and managerial practices
  • Firms’ survival during global crises

PhD students and new researchers are especially encouraged to submit their work.

To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a two-page proposal and a brief academic CV (in Word or PDF format) to by 31 January 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 29 February 2020.

There will be at least three bursaries to help PhD students to cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Further information on how to apply for these will be made available to successful applicants.

REMINDER: Conference: New Perspectives on Interwar Financial and Banking Crises

Paris, Monday, June 29, 2020 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The recent global financial crisis has sparked renewed interest in the interwar financial and banking crises, particularly those associated with the Great Depression of the 1930s. This new wave of research has been supported by an unprecedented increase in the digitization of monetary and financial statistics as well as data on local economic activity and businesses. The digitisation of newspapers, central bank and parliamentary reports in several countries improves access to archival sources, opening new perspectives on the political economy of these crises.

Remarkable progress has been made in our understanding of domestic or international financial contagion (through interbank networks), as well as the real effects of banking crises.  However, this new wave of research has remained little comparative, and most of the work has focused on the contagion and consequences of the 1930-1931 banking troubles.

The first objective of this conference is to be truly comparative by bringing together researchers working on several countries. The second is to extend the scope of the analysis by considering the entire period between the two world wars. We are very interested in articles that attempt to explain the financial vulnerabilities of the early 1930s by examining the accumulation of risk (and the first financial crises) that started in the aftermath of the First World War. Third, the conference aims to examine the entire financial system, investigating the relationships between stock markets, banks and non-bank financial institutions (including public financial entities). Fourth, we also welcome papers that study how financial and banking systems were fixed in countries exiting crises.

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