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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

Conference

Money in Africa

Monetary and financial decolonisation in Africa in the 20th Century

9 Oct 2017

Lisbon, Portugal

eabh in cooperation with Banco de Portugal and Banque de France

Monetary and fiscal processes are important elements in state building and in managing international economic relations for emerging economies and new states.  These processes were also important during the transition to constitutional independence in Africa; however little attention has been paid to the trajectory of the monetary and fiscal processes of decolonisation in Africa. The topic is less researched than the political or socio-cultural decolonisation processes. However, it has had important implications for the economic development of these states.

The objective of this conference is to shed light on a range of different historical cross-experiences. It will provide a comparative analysis of the Portuguese, French, British, Belgian, Spanish, Italian and German cases of colonial transition in monetary and financial matters.

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Workshop

The data dilemma: a risk or an asset?

10 Nov 2017

Zagreb, Croatia

eabh in cooperation with INFUTURE

The amount of data about the finance sector is growing exponentially and storing it is becoming easier. Businesses are excited about the commercial possibilities of ‘Big Data’; academics are relishing the research potential of deep data archives and regulators are hoping for a fuller view of systemic risk and stability.

Will it all turn out well though? The current reality of massive data stores is often no more than massive cost and complexity. The workshop will explore how we got here with data and where we go next. Ultimately, can a meeting of business, academics and regulators resolve the data dilemma and find a way to turn a risk into an asset?

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Conference

Beyond the bottom line

Exploring alternative business forms for durable financial services

15 Jun 2018

Turin, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo

Joint-stock banks are traditionally seen as the hallmarks of capitalism, relentlessly pursuing profits. There is an alternative story, however. Some banks have a long history of devoting themselves to wider social goals rather than profit, others chose business forms which freed them from that relentless pursuit. The conference will explore the need for financial services to think beyond the bottom line and  new issues raised by the growing importance of durability. More details will follow soon.