This Week in Economic History (May 11th-17th)

I work as an assistant to Dr. Luis Jáuregui, president of the Mexican Economic History Association (AMHE). One of my duties is to search and edit new contents for the Association’s webpage. Among other things, the Association offers a weekly agenda and a list of future events in economic history.

When I first began looking for and organizing information on economic history events of the region and the world, I faced several problems. Even though seemed like the obvious place to go, the site lacks information on seminars and conferences smaller than major congresses or anual meetings. For that thing one has to search in the webpages of different universities. The French Economic History Association has a very good calendar; however, it is obviously skewed with the many events related to economic history in France. E-mail lists such as the one from the Societies for the History of Economics,  H-World and H-Business also have events from which otherwise one would probably never know. The economic history associations of Latin America use to be very “local” in terms of the events they announce in their webpages.Thus one has to search in several sources what could probably be updated in a central database.

It would be convenient that the International Economic History Association hosted a global calendar where all economic historians could upload and share the information of their events. This service would have great externalities, mainly for the construction of international scientific networks. Sometimes a researcher happens to think he is all left alone in the world and that no one could care less about his research. But a global calendar would promote the knowledge of what colleagues around the world are doing and discussing.

Until that happens, the next best thing (no false proud intended) will be to consult AMHE’s Agenda semanal (weekly agenda) and AMHE’s Próximos eventos (coming events). You can also suscribe to the Mexican Economic History Association weblist if you send a request to we make an extra effort to update the webpage with news on congresses and events, fellowships opportunities and databases not only from Latin America but from Europe and the United States.

Well. Here is a brief listing of economic history events in this week.

On Tuesday the Seminaire du Centre d’Études Urbaines du Monde Anglophone (CEUMA) at Paris 4-Sorbonne hosts Simon Szreter (University of Cambridge). He will present a paper named “Urbanisation in England, 1598-1834”.  You can ask Fabrice Bensimon for it: That same day, in Harvard Business School, Kenneth Lipartito will talk about “The Economy of Surveillance” in the Business History Lunchtime seminar.

The 2009 European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) Conference, on “The Critical Function of History in Banking and Finance” begins in Cyprus this Thursday 14th.The program of the Conference can be consulted here. That same day, an international conference on Spanish and French finance elites and their influence in state-nation building in the 18th and 19th centuries will begin (Les financiers et la construction de l’État en France et en Espagne du milieu du XVIIe siècle au milieu du XIXe siècle), hosted by the Centre de Histoire “Espaces et Cultures” in Clermont-Ferrand.

The 5th BETA-Workshop in Historical Economics: Cliometrics of Human Capital, organized by Claude Diebolt in Strasbourg, will begin on Friday the 15th. That same day in the Université Paris 10 there will be a conference on bankruptcies. In Tours Jean-Pierre Williot organizes a panel on train networks and the supply of food for consumers in cities.

Do you know of any other relevant event this week? Please let us know!

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