4th International Conference in Economic and Social History "Varieties of Capitalism in the Mediterranean (18th-20th c.)" - Call for papers and sessions

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4th International Conference in Economic and Social History

Corfu, 1-3 October 2020


Varieties of Capitalism in the Mediterranean (18th-20th c.)


Call for papers and sessions


The Greek Economic History Association in collaboration with the Department of History of the Ionian University, organizes the 4th International Conference in Economic and Social History. The Conference will address the theme “Varieties of Capitalism in the Mediterranean (18th-20th century)” and will be hosted by the Ionian University in Corfu on 1-3 October 2020.

Capitalism is seen as a phenomenon of global history enhanced by transnational transactions; the conference seeks to re-examine the various forms and patterns of capitalism in the Mediterranean region as an essential concept for understanding modernities. Considering the pre-eighteenth-century historical experience of capitalist activity in the Mediterranean, can we identify Mediterranean patterns of economic modernity in individual or group choices, strategies and profits? What were the features of merchant and financial capitalism that emerged in the Mediterranean after the eighteenth century? What was the role played by political authority (imperial, national, colonial) in capitalist development? How did the natural environment shape capitalist development and how has it been transformed by it? Also in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the Mediterranean economic space became the area of intense economic activity and political conflict that transcended religious and - since the nineteenth century – national boundaries, and was gradually transformed   by the emergence of  national economies. We invite sessions and papers that will discuss structures and behaviors to explore continuity and change in various entrepreneurial paths in the Mediterranean.

Other topics that the conference may include are: histories of merchant capitalism; pre-industrial and industrial capitalism; pre-capitalist and capitalist agriculture; shipping, financial institutions; sovereign debt and financial control; mobility and migration networks; social structures; race and gender relations; culture and capitalism in the Mediterranean; production and consumption.

Keynote speaker will be Professor Giorgio Riello, Professor of Early Modern History at the Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute.


Conference Languages: English, French

Proposals for a) sessions  of three to four papers accompanied by abstracts up to 400 words each and an abstract for the whole panel and b) papers (with an abstract of 400 words) should be emailed to conference@hdoisto.gr until 30.10 2019. Below you will find the application form


Conference fees:

Early registration until 30.5.2020

Student fee: 25 €

Full fee (researchers, professors): 50 €

Registration after 1.6.2020/ registration on location

Student fee: 35 €

Full fee (researchers, professors): 70 €

Deadlines :

Deadline for proposals (papers and sessions): 30.10. 2019

Announcement of approved applications:  15.12.2019  


Conference dates: 1-3 October 2020

Conference venue: History Department, Ionian University, Kerkyra


Scientific Committee

Christina Agriantoni, University of Thessaly
Maria-Christina Chatziioannou, National Hellenic Research Foundation
Evangelos Chekimoglou, Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
Sakis Gekas, York University, Toronto
Andreas Kakridis, Bank of Greece, Ionian University
Sophia Laiou, Ionian University
Leda Papastefanaki, University of Ioannina, Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH
Socrates Petmezas, University of Crete, Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH
Nikos Potamianos, Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH


Organizing Committee

Simos Bozikis, Ionian University
Maria Damilakou, Ionian University
Andreas Kakridis, Bank of Greece, Ionian University
Sophia Laiou, Ionian University

Contact Details: conference@hdoisto.gr
Scientific secretariat: Simos Bozikis, conference@hdoisto.gr


Application Form

Please send proposals for papers and sessions until 30.10.2019 at conference@hdoisto.gr

First name & Last name:
Date of Birth:
University or Research Institute:
Academic status: (Academic staff, PhD candidate etc)
Phone number:
Title of paper:
Summary (up to 400 words):