Webinars

The Financial History Network’s webinar sessions take place via Zoom on Mondays at 11 am EST. Sessions are recorded for publication on the network’s YouTube channel. If you want to receive the papers being discussed, reminders of our sessions, and follow-up discussions of the issues raised during the webinar sessions, please fill in the form here. If you want to attend the webinar series, please register using our Eventbrite page or the links to each session in the webinar series program. Once you have registered, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to the session’s Eventbrite page and Zoom link.

Next Sessions

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
See abstract here.
Register here.

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

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
See abstract here.
Register here.

June 7, 2021 
“Payment Crises and Consequences”
Gary Richardson, Professor, Department of Economics, University of California at Irvine
Padma Sharma, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Chris Koch, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
See abstract here.
Register here.

June 28, 2021
11 am EST
The Emergence of Banks in Latin America, 1850-1875: Was There a Financial Revolution or Something Else?”
Carlos Marichal, Professor Emeritus of Latin American History, El Colegio de México
See abstract here.
Register here.

Past Sessions

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
Chair: Manuel A. Bautista González, Columbia University in the City of New York
See abstract 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
Chair: Sergio Castellanos Gamboa, Bangor University
See abstract here.

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
Chair: Paula Vedoveli, Fundação Getulio Vargas
See abstract 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
Chair: Bernardo Bátiz Lazo, Northumbria University
See description of the book here.
This session was cancelled due to technical issues.

December 14, 2020
Silent Partnership: Passive Investors and Financial Power in the Institutionalization of Markets, 1950-1975

Devin Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chair: Paula Vedoveli, Fundação Getulio Vargas
See abstract here.

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

Gertjan Verdickt, Assistant Professor of Finance, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Jan Annaert, Professor, University of Antwerp/Antwerp Management School
Chair: Manuel A. Bautista González, Columbia University in the City of New York
See abstract here.

February 1, 2021
Keynote Talk: “Was Modern Economic Growth Finance-Led?”
Richard Sylla, Professor Emeritus of Economics, New York University
Chair: Manuel A. Bautista González, Columbia University in the City of New York
See abstract here.

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
Chair: Sergio Castellanos Gamboa, Bangor University
See abstract here.

Selection Criteria

We launched our first call for presenters in August 2020. The 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.