Research School for Economic and Social History


11 - 18 May 2025
Prato, Italy (exact locations see program via link underneath)

Datini-ESTER Advanced Seminar 2025: ‘Finance in History’ (deadline abstracts 15 October 2024)

The Fondazione Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini” and the European School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research (ESTER) announce their tenth jointly organized Datini-ESTER Advanced Seminar for economic and social historians on 11-17 May 2025, in Prato (Italy). The topic of the 2025 seminar is ‘Finance in History’ and closely related to the theme of the preceding congress yearly organised by the “F. Datini” International Institute of Economic History, in 2025 devoted to ‘Risk Management, Insolvency, and Bankruptcy in the Pre-Modern World (13th-18th Centuries)’.

The Datini-ESTER Advanced Seminar thus consists of two complementary parts: participation in the congress (11-15 May) and participation in the Advanced Seminar (16-18 May 2025). The latter part is open to 15 PhD-students and Post-Docs (who finished their doctorate less than five years prior to the seminar). Particularly welcomed are papers on the development of financial institutions, risk and control of risk, financial practises and financial behaviour in different historical contexts. Papers may cover topics such as sovereign and public debt, money lending, banking, and insurance, relations between private creditors and debtors, exchange(s) and capital market(s), etc. Papers from scholars working on both the macro and micro level are welcomed. Papers may cover any relevant aspect and any period, from Antiquity until today, but must have an economic-historical or historical character. Participation in the Datini-ESTER advanced seminar is valued at 4 EC.

Students should apply online ultimately 15 October 2024, and present a 800 words abstract of the content of their paper dealing with economic exchanges. A first selection of students (by ESTER and Datini) will take place on the basis of the abstracts. After this stage, students who are accepted will be asked to draft their research paper, due by 15 March 2025.