Understanding the Global Economy through the History of Things,1000-2000 CE
Call for Papers: XIII Congress of the International Economic History Association, Buenos Aires, July 22-26, 2001
The production, trade, and consumption of commodities such as silk, salt, oil and cotton have woven together different parts of the world throughout the centuries. This panel will explore the character of these international links and show how they have changed during the past 1000 years. Papers will investigate the connections between agriculture, trade, industry and consumption created by particular commodities, examine the impact of an increasing global integration of markets on the way things were produced and ask how we can understand the particular ways specific places were integrated into the world economy. Taken together, the papers will inquire into the impact of states, diverse resource endowments, non-state actors, and the distribution of social power in particular places on the spatial structure of the production and consumption of a number of core commodities. We will pay particular attention to the people who facilitated these global networks--merchants, diaspora communities, and migrant workers, among others.
During the past years, historians have increasingly become interested in understanding processes, identities and networks that transcend the nation-state. For this panel, we invite paper proposals that explore more global approaches to understanding the development of past economies by interrogating the changing relationships between the economies of different towns, cities, regions and nation-states to one another through the history of particular commodities. Case studies are welcome, as are more theoretical explorations of the themes raised. We are interested in historical, economic, anthropological and sociological approaches that will allow us to focus on diverse and seemingly contradictory developments, such as the spread of free labor and slavery, industrialization and deindustrialization, markets and states--in short, to think about the unity of the diverse.
If you are interested in participating in the panel, please submit(by October 15, 2001) a short proposal along with a copy of your cv. This is an international conference and we are actively trying to recruit participants from outside the United States.
For more information on the conference, please consult http://www.eh.net/XIIICongress.
Sven Beckert and Cemal Kafadar, Session chairs
Dunwalke Associate Professor of History
Department of History
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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