Connected histories

EHESS  -  see the program below  -  190 Av. de France, 75013 or 105 Bd. Raspail, 75006 Paris

28-29 November 2014. Paris, EHESS

Several paradigm shifts have occurred in the conceptual field of economic and social history. The contributions of legal studies, cultural anthropology, and comparative institutional economics have cast
a new light on issues that were hitherto solely focused on economics. Anew perspective has emerged, rejecting a linear and simplistic narrative of market economy development and institutional change, and
stressing the importance of connected histories. Beyond the mere description of the main regional networks of merchants (their rise, development, and decline), and the series of formal and informal
financial institutions upon which they relied, the 2d EurasiaTrajeco conference will explore the operating practices of regional trading groups and their regional connections across the Eurasian continent, over a long period and will investigate the dynamics of the various areas’ endogenous commercial and financial institutions.

The 2d EurasiaTrajeco conference will investigate four sets of questions.

  1. Methodological issues: sources, hypotheses, and methods of investigations. All these topics are quite different in the various areas under investigation: Western Europe, Ottoman Empire, Central and East Asia.
  2. The overall contribution of these regional trade groups to economic growth and the way in which these regional trade groups arose and how they evolved. What is the specific trajectory of endogenous economic institutions and business practices in a given socio-economic and legal
  3. The third issue touches upon the merchant networks’ relations with the State. How did they fulfill the objectives of the merchants and entrepreneurs? Were they able to cope with other merchant groups
    as competitors, and later on with foreign competitors, especially in the19th century?
  4. Finally, the socio-economic role of merchant networks will be under scrutiny. Were these regional trading networks well adapted to their socio-economic environments? What was the economic impact of philanthropy? How were their moral obligations fulfilled?

Friday, 28 November 2014

190 Av. de France, 75013, Level 6 Room 638

  • 9:00-9:15  GDRI 2014 Opening remarks: Patrice Bourdelais, Director, Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales (INSHS), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
  • 9 :15-9 :30  Presentation of the EurasiaTrajeco project: François Gipouloux (CNRS)
  • 9:30-10:00  Keynote speaker: Wang Gungwu (Chairman of the East Asian Institute and University Professor, National University of Singapore):  Systemic Norms and Deep Structures: Dealing with the Eurasian Core
  • 10:00-11:15  Session 1-a: Methodological issues: Comparatism and Economic institutions over the Eurasian continent.
    • Hamashita Takeshi (Sun Yat-sen University, Canton): Continental and Maritime Eurasia–Trading Routes and Economic Institutions
    • Hubert Bonin (Institut d’études politiques, Bordeaux): The French Business Community in Chinese Port Cities in the First half of 20th Century: Sources and documents
  • 11:15-11:30  Coffee break and photo session
  • 11:30-13:00  Session 1-b: Methodological issues: Comparatism and Economic institutions
    • Bas Van Leeuwen (Utrecht University) : Chinese National Income, 1661-1933
    • Jean-Pascal Bassino (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon) : Informational Efficiency in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, 1931-1940
  • 13:00-14:30  Lunch
  • 14:30-16:00  Session 2: Relationship with the State and administrative Bodies
    • David Faure (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) : The Jiangnan economy revisited, comments on Deng and O’Brien and others
    • Billy K. L. So (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology):
      Between Law Court and ADR: The Publishing Industry of Modern Shanghai

  • 16:00-16:30  Coffee break
  • 16:30-18:00  Session 3-a: The Socio-Economic impact of Merchant Networks
    • Michal Biran (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem): Trade Networks in Mongol Eurasia
    • Ina Baghdiantz (Tufts University): Collaboration, Competition and
      Legislation: The New Julfan Networks and their Role in Early Modern
      Eurasian Trade

Saturday, 29 November 2014

105 Bd. Raspail, 75006, Level 1 Room 2

  •  9:30-11:00  Session 3-b: The Socio-Economic impact of Merchant Networks
    • Hassan Khalilieh (University of Haifa): Between the Mediterranean
      and the Indian Ocean: General Average and Salvage Laws in Islamic Legal
      Theory and Practices
    • Mihoko Oka (University of Tokyo): Portuguese Merchants from Macao in the 19th Century Japan and their Family Networks

  • 11:00-11:30  Coffee break
  • 11:30-13:00 Session 4-a: Business and Financial innovations
    • Ron Harris (Tel-Aviv University) : Why the Corporation emerged only in Western Europe?
    • Liu Jiansheng (Shanxi University): The Main Group of Merchants In Qing Dynasty China and Russia Border Trade Zone

  • 13:00-14:30  Lunch
  • 14:30-16:00  Session 4-b: Business and Financial innovations
  • Nie Dening (Xiamen University): The Change and Development of the
    Chinese Maritime Trade Routes During the 17th and 18th Centuries
    •  Joe McDermott (Cambridge University): The Way of the Huizhou Merchant

  • 16:00-16:30  Coffee break
  • 16:30-18:00  Session 5: Dissemination and Perspectives
    • Chi-Han AI (Sun Yat-sen University): Dissemination activities: EurasiaTrajeco Website and Blog
    • Marti Huetink (Senior Acquisitions Editor, Brill Academic Publishers): The Journal of Comparative Economic History

  • François Gipouloux (CNRS): Concluding remarks

GDRI 2014 program (PDF File)

  • du vendredi 28 novembre 2014 à 09h au  samedi 29 novembre 2014 à 18h

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