Conversations on New Histories of Capitalism (CNHC) is a webinar series hosted by the Department of History and Civilisation at the European University Institute in Florence and supported by the ERC-funded project ECOINT.

The series brings together advanced scholars and early career researchers from around the world in a dialogue on the emerging field of the “New History of Capitalism.”

CNHC was conceived as an innovative way to engage scholars from around the world online during the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. The first season mapped “New Histories of Capitalism” as a dynamic field crossing disciplinary boundaries to examine capitalism as a social, cultural, political and economic system across early modern, modern and contemporary history.

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Forthcoming Season 3:
Capitalism and International Institutions

Starting May 2021 via Zoom

“Conversations on the New Histories of Capitalism” (CNHC) is a webinar and podcast series hosted by the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence. The series brings together advanced scholars and early career researchers from around the world in a dialogue on the emerging field of the “New History of Capitalism.”

The conversations in our first two seasons have shown us how capitalism shapes, and has been shaped by, formal and informal rules. Such rules can range from written laws or codes, to ideas about how societies should be structured and organised including race, gender, and class hierarchies. We equally noticed that both capitalism and its rules transcend the national level. Similar ideas, rules, and structures connected to capitalism occur in various forms across multiple countries and in different periods. All this has led us to the question: How are these rules and structures solidified and maintained across nations and states? We find that an institutional approach to capitalism might help shed light on this question.

According to Douglas North, institutions can be seen as ‘humanly devised constraints that structure political economic and social interactions.’ Stricter definitions imply that institutions are not just the constraints themselves but the forms and entities that maintain these constraints. Other studies have highlighted that instead of ‘rules’, scholars should study the role of formal and informal networks of actors as important structures for economic activity throughout history.

This season we will present research on capitalism and (international) institutions to help us better understand their reciprocal development from the early modern period until the late twentieth century. Which international systems, both formal and informal, are crucial for the maintenance of capitalism? How do international organizations develop, and have they changed capitalism as a consequence? Should capitalism itself be seen as an institution, or as the sum of multiple ones? Can we separate capitalism from the state and nation-states? How do international or global structures produce centers and peripheries? Is an institutional approach to capitalism compatible with a focus on individuals’ strategies and networks? CNHC welcomes all researchers to join us in this conversation.

Programme:

May 3, 2021, 11 am (CET)

Conversation with Professor Bas van Bavel (Utrecht University) on “Capitalism, Open Societies and Institutions, a long-run perspective”.

Registration is now open at:  https://eui-eu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdu-upz4rE9AjCHZs5BNGY1nUS8pv7ZlE

 

May 14, 2021, 11am (CET)

Conversation with Doctor Giampaolo Conte (Roma Tre University) on “Defining financial reforms in the nineteenth-century capitalist world-economy: the Ottoman case (1838-1914)”.

Registration is now open at: https://eui-eu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlf–grz4jHNWCrCzuOsMF30sBV0ATM1BH

 

May 21, 2021, 3pm (CET)

Conversation with Doctor Madeleine Dungy (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) on “The Shift Towards Multilateral Trade Rules in the League of Nations”.

Registration is now open at: https://eui-eu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwof-yhqjsoHtezWEKkqpAoJRjbChC0ZxYN

 

May 24, 2021, 4pm (CET):

Conversation with Professor Eli Cook (University of Haifa) on “Efficiently Unequal: Kaldor-Hicks and the Neoclassical Origins of Global Neoliberalism”

Registration is now open at: https://eui-eu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlf–grDorHdSY7Ati_302RVEdyAZGmp-P

CNHC welcomes everyone to join us online for this new season.