WAE Webinar: ‘Towards a new history of financial crises?’ (15 okt. 13.00)

Als gevolg van het coronavirus kon het Jaarcongres van de Werkgroep, ‘Making sense of finance’ dat in teken staat van het 300-jarig jubileum van de South Sea Bubble, dit najaar niet doorgaan. Het wordt naar alle waarschijnlijkheid verplaatst naar maart 2021. Ter vervanging hiervan organiseert de Werkgroep een webinar rondom dit thema. Deze zal a.s. donderdag 15 oktober tussen 13.00 en 14.00 online te volgen zijn. Hieronder de (Engelse) aankondiging en het programma:

Precisely 300 years ago, the world experienced the very first international financial crisis. In 1720, a financial boom and bust raged from France, England and the Netherlands through Europe and the world. This crisis has long since generated heated public debates about the value and threats of the financial sector and inspired a new body of scholarship: financial history and theory.

For a long time, financial history has focused on market dynamics, and fought over the question whether financial bubbles are rational or irrational. This debate seems to be stalling historical research, while in the meantime the necessity to innovate the field becomes more urgent every day. With algorithms taking over markets, and the efficient market hypothesis under severe criticism, how should we rethink historical research? And: as the Western world is dropping into an economic crisis, the financial markets seem to be booming. How can historians help to explain these current developments? What can we learn from the past and how can we better attune the study of finance to current pressing questions?

The year 2020 is a timely moment to reflect on the history of finance and the future of financial history. Join us for a live webinar to learn more about financial crises from a historical perspective. You’ll get evidence-based insights from historians who will reflect on urgent questions through short pitches, followed by discussion.

Timetable (in Amsterdam):

13:00-13:05                Introduction by prof. dr. Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis (Chair Dutch-Belgian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies)

13:05-13:10                ‘Why studying financial crises makes no sense’ by prof. dr. Anne Murphy (University of Hertfordshire)

13:10-13:15                ‘How could we dive into historical financial crisis? What is still there from the past?’ by dr. Koji Yamamoto (University of Tokyo)

13:15-13:20                ‘What can a cultural history of finance bring us?’ by prof. dr. Inger Leemans (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & KNAW Humanities Cluster)

13:20-14:00                Discussion opened by prof. dr. Jakob de Haan (Dutch Central Bank)

Zoom-hosting and moderator: Floris van Berckel Smit, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Would you like to join this webinar?
Send an e-mail to Floris van Berckel Smit via f.j.n.van.berckelsmit@vu.nl.

This Webinar is organized as part of the NWO Internationalisation project ‘Banking on Financial Heritage. Towards a Sustainable Network for the History of Finance’. Info: https://history-of-finance.org/