The Financial History Network is pleased to announce the Fall/Winter program for its 2020-2021 Financial History Webinar Series. We have an outstanding line up of presenters and papers and look forward to our future discussions. 

The webinar sessions will take place throughout the academic year 2020-2021 on Mondays on Zoom at 11 am EST. Please note that sessions will be recorded.

If you want to attend our webinar series, please register using our Eventbrite page here or the dedicated links to each session below. Once you have registered, you will receive the Zoom link for the session in an e-mail from Eventbrite. If you want to receive the papers discussed, reminders of our sessions, and follow-up discussions of the issues raised during the webinar sessions, please fill in the form here.

Fall/Winter Program

September 28, 2020
“Green Gold and Paper Gold: Credit Instruments in the Chinese-American Tea Trade, 1784-1842”

Dan Du, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
See abstract here.
Register here.

October 12, 2020
“The Shadow Central Bank: Banco Do Brasil and International Finance, 1964-1988”

Sebastián Álvarez, Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, History Faculty, Oxford University
See abstract here.
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November 16, 2020
“Greed is Good. The Development of Lotteries in the Late Medieval Low Countries”

Jeroen Puttevils, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Antwerp
Twitter: @JeroenPuttevils
See abstract here.
Register here.

November 30, 2020
Conversation on book New Money: How Payment Became Social Media

Lana Swartz, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia
See description of the book here.
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December 14, 2020
“Silent Partners: The Institutionalization of Markets and the Making of Financialization, 1950-1970”

Devin Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
See abstract here.
Register here.

January 18, 2021
“Go Active or Stay Passive: Financial Innovation and Underdiversification”

Gertjan Verdickt, Lecturer of Finance, Monash University (Australia), through December 2020 / Assistant Professor of Finance, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), from December 2020
See abstract here.
Register here.


Selection Criteria

We launched our call for presenters in August 2020. Our call had a robust reception, and we received over 30 submissions. At this time we are no longer considering papers for inclusion in the 2020-2021 webinar program.

Our criteria for selecting papers included prioritizing promising submissions with qualitative approaches and perspectives that usually have not found space anywhere else, de-emphasizing quantitative papers, papers dealing with very specialized topics, or papers already included in other webinars.

The selection covered different periods and regions while aiming to avoid overrepresentation. We also sought to have a mix of early career and senior scholars presenting papers and participating as audience members. As per our mandate, we also prioritized submissions from women, people of color, members of minority groups, scholars based in or working on under-represented geographies, and scholars from disciplines other than economics and history.

Spring/Summer Program

February 15, 2021
“Managing the Balance Sheet: Hidden Reserves, Dividend Smoothing and Balance Manipulation in the German Chemical Industry around 1900.”
Frederic Steinfeld, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Gothenburg
Twitter: @f_steinfeld

March 15, 2021
“Wagering on the Future: Cotton, Credit and Contract Law in Colonial Bombay.”
Meghna Chaudhuri, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Boston College

April 12, 2021
“The Politics of Arbitrage: Connecting and Disconnecting Global Markets, 1870-1920.”
John Handel, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of California in Berkeley
Twitter: @_john_handel 

May 17, 2021
“The Local Dimension of Global Finance: Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Global Debt Crisis of the 1980s.”
Lukas Dovern, Lecturer, Department of History, Stanford University
Matthew Nestler, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Department of History, Stanford University

June 7, 2021 
“Payment Crises and Consequences.”
Gary Richardson, Professor, Department of Economics, University of California at Irvine
Padma Sharma, FRB Kansas City
Chris Koch, FRB Dallas

Past Sessions

List of past webinar sessions