Conversations on New Histories of Capitalism (CNHC) is a working group and webinar series hosted by the Department of History and Civilisation and the Department of Law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Upcoming event: Conference on “Commodification and the Law” at the EUI, Villa Salviati (Florence, Italy), 12-13 December 2022

Discover the keynote, speakers and full programme here.

Conversations on New Histories of Capitalism, the Department of Law of the European University Institute, and the Information Society Working Group, are pleased to announce the forthcoming conference entitled “Commodification and the Law” to be held at Villa Salviati in Florence, Italy on the 12th and 13th of December 2022, featuring eight panels and keynote speeches by Professor Daniel Markovits (Yale Law School) and Doctor Johanna Stark (Maw Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance).

This conference aims at contributing to present debates on law and capitalism by advancing a critical understanding of the role played by law in current and historical commodification processes. It brings together established academics and early-stage researchers to present compelling case studies from a range of legal domains and historical periods that demonstrate the expansion of market structures in society. It  will place lawyers and lawmakers in the spotlight to reveal the parts they have played – and continue to play – in the propagation of commodities. It will also explore the contours and consequences of the commodification of law itself to better map the tangled relations between law and the market.

The sessions will feature a hybrid format via Zoom.

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Find out more about this event on the dedicated post.

CNHC Newsletter

The CNHC working group extends across disciplines and evolves into the Capitalism Studies working group! We are very happy to announce that the CNHC working group will come back in 2023 with a new team composed of members of the departments of History, Law, Political and Social Sciences of the EUI. Stay tuned!

The CNHC series launched in 2020 brought 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.

The second season about “Intersectional Histories of Capitalism” presented theoretical and empirical work by scholars who have chosen an intersectional perspective on the history of capitalism, encouraging researchers to develop comprehensive analyses of how capitalism shaped the historical trajectories of political institutions, cultural imaginaries, economic conduct, identities and subjectivities.

In our mid-term lecture we speak with historian Claire Lemercier (CNRS/SciencesPo – CSO) and sociologist Pierre François (CNRS/SciencesPo – CSO) about the difficulties of (re)defining what the word “capitalism” means within and outside of academia.

The third season of Conversations on New Histories of Capitalism presented research on capitalism and international institutions to help us better understand their reciprocal development from the early modern period until the late twentieth century.


Discover short interviews with outstanding scholars in our new format CNHC Speed-Date Café.

Discover the podcasts of the first three seasons of Conversations on New Histories of Capitalism in our Podcasts section.