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22/06/2012 - 24/06/2012 - Sheffield (United Kingdom)

Markets, Law, and Ethics, 1400-1850

international conference

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University of Sheffield

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This call seeks papers concerned with the culture of the market in the late medieval and early modern periods, conceived broadly as the norms, laws, customs and practices of exchange, including (but not limited to) buying and selling and lending and borrowing  in 1400-1850. In recent years, influential studies have combined the study of everyday social life with the contextualist approach to intellectual history.  Legal historians have looked beyond institutions and traditions to the plurality and practice of law in diverse contexts.  Economic historians have revised the focus and scope of their studies to encompass the originating context of political, religious, and legal discourse, emphasizing the need for a socio-cultural history of markets.  These and related scholarly trends have made the case for distinctively late medieval/early modern instantiations of social and economic life, for example as “competence and competition” (Vickers) a “competitive household economy” (Muldrew) or a “baroque economy” (Ago).  These are useful formulations and have moved our thinking beyond earlier notions of gemeinschaft and gesellschaft, moral and (implied) amoral economies, and ultimately unsatisfying debates about the character and timing of “transitions”.  But what is next?  This conference offers an opportunity for scholars from diverse historiographical backgrounds to come together and compare and contrast findings and thoughts across conventional chronologies and geographies, to reflect on the implications of supra-imperial and global approaches, and ponder possible future interpretations of late medieval/early modern market culture.  Our approach is construed broadly as ‘from below’, in that it emphasizes popular understandings of markets and law embedded in practice rather than theoretical abstraction.  


Confirmed speakers include:

Christopher L. Tomlins, University of California, Irvine: “Sacrality and Oeconomy in Nathaniel Turner’s Virginia: Law, Commodification and Messianic Vengeance.”

Martha Howell, Columbia University: “ 'All products must be delivered to and sold in open markets': the paradox of market regulation in commercial cities of northern Europe, ca. 1300-1600.”

Robert DuPlessis, Swarthmore College, Pennsyvlvania. :  “Markets ‘Outside the Law’: Commercial Practices Across Colonial North American Borderlands.”

Pierre Gervais, , l'Université de Paris 8 : “Eighteenth-century Merchant Magic: Some Reflections on the Merchant Path to Wealth.”

Alex Shepard, , University of Glasgow:  “Calculating credit in early modern England.”

James Masschaele, Rutgers University: “The rule of law and the market economies of medieval Europe.”

Julie Hardwick, University of Texas at Austin: "Parasols and poverty: family production and reproduction in a changing economy"

Allan Potofsky, Université Paris-Diderot"Urban property during the French Revolution: liberté, égalité, spéculer."

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Responsabile della sezione Calendario: Domenico Cecere -


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